PREVIOUS QUESTION:

 

NEXT QUESTION:

 

How are calories an important measurement when eating healthy for weight loss?

ANSWER

Calories are a measurement, like an inch or a tablespoon. They note how much energy is released when your body breaks down food. The more calories a food has, the more energy it can provide to the body.

When you eat more calories than you need, your body stores the extra calories as fat. Even low-carb and fat-free foods can have a lot of calories that can be stored as fat.

From: Healthy Eating for Weight Loss WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Protein and the Athlete -- How Much Do You Need?"

CDC: "Protein," "Saturated Fat."

FDA: “Questions and Answers Regarding Trans Fat."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

SOURCES:

U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: "Protein and the Athlete -- How Much Do You Need?"

CDC: "Protein," "Saturated Fat."

FDA: “Questions and Answers Regarding Trans Fat."

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on February 17, 2019

NEXT QUESTION:

Are proteins important when eating healthy for weight loss?

WAS THIS ANSWER HELPFUL

THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the WebMD Site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.

    This tool does not provide medical advice. See additional information.