Why doesn't the body excrete excess calories?

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Our body needs energy for every movement, every transport of substances or for every thought. We measure this energy in calories. But are all calories actually converted into energy? If you want to lose weight, you should take a closer look at the calories in your diet.

In everyday use we call them "Calories" (cal). When we talk about the energy content of our food, we are actually talking more precisely about kilo-calories (kcal).

One kilo calorie contains the same energy that is needed to heat a liter of water from 15 ° C to 16 ° C. Energy is not generated first and then dissipates again. The energy is always there, it is only converted.

Not all calories are converted into the body's own energy

Calcium as a fat burner

Calcium from milk is not only good for the bones, it also makes you slim. Because the calcium acts directly on the fat cells by promoting fat breakdown there and inhibiting the formation of new fat.

Calcium binds fat in the intestine and this is excreted with the stool.

Our body is also constantly converting energy. It converts the calories from food into heat, chemical processes or muscle strength, for example.

But our body cannot convert all of the energy. Because in order to generate energy, he first has to digest the food and break it up into its individual components. Energy is also lost in the process, because the body excretes some of the nutrients unused.

Metabolic processes in our body such as the processing of protein, fat and carbohydrates also require strength. The body can use 96 percent of carbohydrates and fats, and only 70 percent of protein.

Calculate basal metabolic rate:

Basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy that your body uses in a resting state to maintain the life-sustaining system. It is only a guideline. If you want to lose weight successfully, you should make sure that your daily basal metabolic rate is covered in calories. Otherwise you risk the famous yo-yo effect.

To find out how many calories you need at least per day, you should calculate your personal basal metabolic rate.

The basal metabolic rate differs from person to person and depends on various factors such as weight, height, age, gender, muscle mass, etc.

The following formula is used to calculate the basal metabolic rate:

Mrs: (9.99 x weight in kg) + (6.25 x height in cm) - (4.92 x age in years) - 161

For long-term weight loss success, it is essential that you cover at least your basal metabolic rate during the day in order to maintain your body functions.

More protein leads to fewer calories

Protein is usually not responsible for the body's energy supply. He prefers to burn carbohydrates and fats. The body uses the protein to build muscles, hormones and enzymes. There is also no special memory card. The body can only gain energy from protein if it breaks down muscle cells or gets more of them through food.

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This is how low-carb diets work: Instead of eating well-exploitable carbohydrates, you eat more less-exploitable protein. This creates a calorie deficit while feeling full, which makes it easier to lose weight.

In addition, the strong sweetness can distort the child's natural sense of sweetness. The health consequences are difficult to assess. The Research Institute for Child Nutrition in Dortmund therefore advises against giving sweeteners to infants and children.

Many ways lead to fewer calories

Nutrients go through different metabolic pathways. But they are not independent of each other and can stand in each other's way. Alcohol inhibits fat burning, because our body stores some of the alcohol calories directly as fat.

Carbohydrates and fat can also go wrong. If we eat both at the same time, the body converts the carbohydrates into energy and stores the fat directly. But there is no point in doing without fat. The food loses its taste and the body converts excess carbohydrates into fat and supplies it to its depots. Only protein is processed "fat-free" and that also consumes energy.

Low-carb makes you full and satisfied

A Diet with a lot of protein and fewer carbohydrates is advantageous: some of the calories are already used up during digestion and metabolism, and protein also makes you feel full for longer. This in turn prevents cravings and hunger pangs. At the end of the day, we've burned more calories than we've eaten and are losing weight easily and healthily.

Put an end to cravings:

This is how the low-carb diet works

A Low carb diet It's easy: You replace foods with a lot of carbohydrates such as bread, muesli flakes, pasta or rice with protein-containing products such as milk, dairy products, meat, poultry, eggs and legumes. In addition, a large portion of vegetables and salad at lunchtime and in the evening, and fresh fruit in the morning. So that it tastes good, the dishes can be garnished with butter, rapeseed oil, nuts, seeds and kernels.

Calcium is important to our body. Therefore, every main meal should have a dairy product. Once a day there can also be a small serving of carbohydrates, such as a piece of whole grain bread or a handful of pasta, potatoes or rice.

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