Do you know how many calories are in one gram of carbs, fat and protein?
Here’s the break down…
1 gram of protein has 4 calories
1 gram of carbs has 4 calories
1 gram of fat has 9 calories
When you add up these calories, that’s how you find out the total calories in any food item. For example, let’s look at an egg. It contains…
5 grams of fat x 9 calories = 45 calories from fat
0.5 grams of carbs x 4 calories = 2 calories from carbs
6 grams of protein x 4 calories = 24 calories from protein
Total calories = 71 calories
This math can be applied to whole foods (meat, veggies, fruit) or packaged foods (chips, drinks, protein bars) and it helps you to understand how they calculated the calories in the food item.
With that said, Coach Neil, our dedicated Nutritional Coach, is continuously refocusing me to care more about MACROS than CALORIES. Calories DO count but eating a balanced diet of all 3 macronutrients is even more important. All 3 macronutrients have important benefits…
👉Fat helps your body to make key hormones like testosterone (which burns fat)
👉Carbohydrates give you energy, boost your immune system and help with recovery
👉Protein is keeps you full and helps to build and repair muscle
That’s your tip for the day! See you at bootcamp!
ps I loved several of these high protein recipes listed on BBC’s Good Food’s site (link below) and I hope you do too!