@wbessent asked me a question over on Twitter: “@JanikFitness must consume 3500 calories to gain lb. doesn’t matter if it’s 3500 calories of protein carbs fats, etc true? Bro is arguing”
Here’s my answer:
When it comes to maintaining a healthy weight for a lifetime, the bottom line is – calories count! Weight management is all about balance—balancing the number of calories you consume with the number of calories your body uses or “burns off.”
- A calorie is defined as a unit of energy supplied by food. A calorie is a calorie regardless of its source. Whether you’re eating carbohydrates, fats, sugars, or proteins, all of them contain calories.
- Caloric balance is like a scale. To remain in balance and maintain your body weight, the calories consumed (from foods) must be balanced by the calories used (in normal body functions, daily activities, and exercise).
|If you are…||Your caloric balance status is…|
|Maintaining your weight||“in balance.” You are eating roughly the same number of calories that your body is using. Your weight will remain stable.|
|Gaining weight||“in caloric excess.” You are eating more calories than your body is using. You will store these extra calories as fat and you’llgain weight.|
|Losing weight||“in caloric deficit.” You are eating fewer calories than you are using. Your body is pulling from its fat storage cells for energy, so your weight is decreasing.