Calories versus Fat Calories

Kim asked: Does anybody know the difference in calories and f-cals? I have a recumbent bike at home and at 30 minutes I burned 344 calories and 116 f-cals. I haven’t been able to find out what that means online. Thanks!

Hey Kim. You have a great question that hardly anyone knows the truth about. F-cals are actually fat calories the obviously come from the types of food you eat. Understand that too many calories of any kind, carbohydrate or protein, will be converted to fat by your body.

We need calories to live and breathe, digest food, and any other bodily function, but when we take in more then our body needs for these functions they become excess body fat. By avoiding fat, such as fat free foods, you are not necessarily avoiding calories. It is a common mistake to assume that. Most fat free foods still contain numerous calories from carbohydrates or even protein.

One way to avoid this problem, other then excess carb and protein calories, is by cutting down on sugar calories. Sugar calories are known as â??emptyâ?? calories because they provide no vitamins or minerals. If you have cut down on fat but remain overweight with excess body fat, you still are exceeding more calories then your body needs.

Remember, on Atkins Diet you need a minimum of 1800 calories. If you are eating 2500 calories a day but are still gaining weight then find a medium between 1800 and 2500 calories to where youâ??ll stop adding the excess pounds. You can simply exercise to help this problem.

Hereâ??s a helpful hint: Counting total calories is helpful in maintaining body weight. Counting fat calories is also helpful. Simply divide fat calories by your total calories resulting in the total fat percent in your diet. For example, if you were eating 500 fat calories in a 1500 calorie diet, take 500 divided by 1500 and you 33% fat content in your diet.

3 Responses to “Calories versus Fat Calories”

  1. Diana says:

    can you eat dry beans when doing Atkins?

  2. Chris says:

    For those that dont know, the term “dry beans” refers to both beans that are dry-packaged and those that are pre-cooked in cans, but does not include green beans, string beans or soybeans. As for being able to eat them on Atkins Diet, most are absolutely okay! Just read the labels to keep track of the carb count and watch out for added ingredients such as sugar. Some of the most common types of acceptable beans are black, kidney, lima, pinto, white and soy beans.

  3. Florence says:

    I also recommend rincing the beans if canned. The juices are mostly all starch.

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