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I recently had a funny conversation with my girlfriend on my last VLOG. We are both on a journey to get prepared for our next fitness competition and I wanted to ask her a simple question that I know most people would get wrong but I wanted to get her honest opinion.

Here’s how the conversation went..

Reuben:  Hey babe what’s a calorie?

Natalie: A calorie is a micro nutrient.

Reuben: lol… are you sure??

Natalie: Uhhh what’s a calorie? Lol.

She was totally unprepared for this and a good sport for letting me pick on her but I wanted to know how people defined a calorie.

What I want you to do right now before reading the rest of this blog is in the comment section write below what you think a calorie is!

Contrary to popular belief a calorie is not a micronutrient but I’m sure a lot of you may be in the same boat as Natalie. As a matter of fact if I asked 100 people the question what a calorie is, I would probably get about 100 different answers.

So, are calories the things that make us fat? Potato chips? Fried chicken? Cheese? Bread?

Nope!

A calorie by definition is the energy it takes to raise one milligram of water to one degree Celsius.

So what does this mean exactly?

Breaking this definition down without being super technical a calorie is the energy we need for our body to survive.

We can compare energy like gas to a car. A car can’t move without gas as our body can’t move without energy.  CALORIES! BOOM!

Energy allows us to do all the things we like to do, for example going outside for a walk, playing with our dogs when we got home from work, and dare I say exercising.  Exercise always seems to be forgotten.

To be fair and balance there is a dark side to calories and energy, a side that your mommy and daddy never told you about and that’s why I’m here.

If you eat too much energy and you don’t exercise, what happens to all of those calories?

It will get stored as FAT!

Let’s go work out!  

Look guys, I don’t mean to scare you but if you’ve consumed too many calories and you don’t use it this is exactly what’s going to happen.

You will store it as fat each and every time.

This is how you got the spare tire and double chins,

Let’s do some math so I can further explain.

If I took 500 calories away from my daily diet every single day for 7 days straight, this will equate to about 3,500 calories lost. Studies and research has shown that 3500 calories from your weekly diet equates to about one pound lost per week - which is awesome!

The next thing you have to do is to figure out how many calories you need to eat on a daily basis, take 500 calories away from that, and you’re on your way to lose one pound per week just through your diet.  

Add working out with that weight loss formula and you can easily lose two to three extra pounds depending on the person per week.

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By the way, I have the calculator that shows you how many calories you need to eat per day to lose, maintain, or gain weight if that was your goal.

It’s free so check it out  CLICK HERE TO GET THE CALCULATOR.

Now that you know what a calorie is and now know how to use those calories to assist with your weight loss,

what are you going to do to get that butt in shape?

Tell me! <<CLICK HERE>>

Let’s work together. Peace!

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