June 17, 2011

What is a kilocalorie(Kcal) ?

I will keep it pretty simple. A calorie is the amount of heat that is required to raise one cubic centimeter of water one degree. A kilocalorie is the amount of heat that is required to raise one kilogram of water one degree. You can see more information on calories and kilocalories .

1 kcal = 1 calorie
4.2 kJ = 1 calorie

Do I Need To Count Calories ?

Counting calories is not much fun. It’s boring, its tedious and sometimes confusing.

But keeping a track of what you’re eating and how many calories in food and alcohol you’re taking in, as well as how much energy you’re “spending” in exercise, is going to show you in a tangible way how you are losing weight.

If you hate counting calories, and let’s face it who doesn’t, you need to take a short-cut.

You can have a dietitian or doctor make up a calorie controlled diet for you. You can go for one of the one-size-fits-all diets that recommend a set diet regime for all, or you can use a calorie controlled diet with your specific goals and dietary needs in mind. If you see the meal plans page, you’ll find out why I get so excited about them. They are the only ones that I know of, that provides meal plans suited to specific real world situations.
Food On Scales

For example, perhaps you’re an older woman who is at risk of osteoporosis and needs to lose some weight. Well, these meal plans are the only ones that I know of that actually provide a 7 day eating plan full of a variety of food aimed at looking after bone health.

So while you’re looking after your bones using this meal plan, you’re also losing weight because it’s already calorie controlled for you. You can read more about the meal plans here.

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