Posted by: Amateur | 2007/03/15

Carbs and Calories


What is the difference between Carbs and Calories?

What are they used for?

If 1 would like to have lotsa energy, and build lean muscle,
should 1 go for extra carbs or calories?

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Hi Amateur

Calories are a measurement of energy.
The other energy measurement often used is kiloJoules.
1 cal = 4.16 kJ

Carbs (rice / bread / potato / pumpkin / pasta etc) is a macronutrient. The other macronutrients are proteins and fat.
1 g carb = 4 calories
1g Protein = 4 calories
1 g Fat = 9 calories

These macronutrients should make up the daily calories needed by your body. Split you daily calorie intake into 50-60% carbs, 15-25% protein and 20% fat and divide it into six meals. Should you want to lose weight you have to reduce the amount of calories your body needs by about 500-1000 calories per day and obviously if you want to gain muscle you have to eat slightly more calories (about 100-200) than what your body needs – you have to though train those muscle to grow them otherwise it the extra calories will end up as fat gain.

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