3.16.2010

Calories, calories, calories

Many people think about calories, sometimes too much (especially dietitians). Where calories come from is basic information. Most of your nutrition labels explain where calories come from. Have you ever read this before?

Here are the basics for our major nutrients.

Protein and carbohydrate have 4 calories per gram.

Fat has 9 calories per gram.

Fat has twice as many calories per gram than protein and carbohydrate. This is why we should not consume a high fat diet. More fat = more calories. When we start adding all those "extra" fat foods like salad dressing, mayonnaise, and butter or margarine, calories add up quick.

If you cut your normal added fat calories in HALF, it could result in a decreased intake of calories per day, around 100-200 calories. Easy weigh loss, at half the cost~

Just think before you spread butter on your bread or pour salad dressing on your salad, you could lose weight and not compromise taste!