According to Dr. Kristine Clark (Ph.D., R.D. & FACSM), who is the Director of Sports Nutrition for Penn State University’s Athletics Department, one pound of stored fat in the body is equivalent to 3500 calories (which means that every kilo of stored fat is 7700 cal.).
It does not matter a great deal what kind of foodstuffs or drinks are being taken in to accumulate these extra pounds or kilos – for every excess pound of weight you are dragging around, you must take in 3500 calories less than you need to drop that pound.
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However, there is one other thing to take into account, which does lend some credence to the people who suggest that taking in energy in ‘form A’ (e.g. fats) rather than in ‘form B’ (e.g. carbohydrates) makes you less fat.
This is the fact that our bodies have the ability to process some calories in one way while dealing with others in a completely different manner.
For example, almost despite what we are generally led to believe, our bodies do not necessarily extract all the goodness (vitamins, nutrients etc) or all of the calories from every single item of food we consume.
This happens because your body has its own metabolic rate, a speed at which it processes the food that you take in.
At the same time, while any foodstuff is still within your body, your body will keep extracting as many calories of energy from that food as possible. Consequently, it follows that anyone whose system passes the food through very quickly is going to draw less calories from their food than would someone whose system is more lethargic.
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