Jocelyn, this has just been discussed on another thread. I do not remember the technical answer, sorry!
Okay, I'll look for it more!
The way I see it... calories give you energy, which you will either use or stop feeling hungry (need to eat to get more energy). 500 calories from fruit or cooked potatoes/rice etc. are mostly carb, very low fat. It's the fat the puts weight on people. That's why a 500 calorie fruit meal will only keep you lean, give you energy, and allow your body to heal, whereas a 500 calorie fast-food meal will make you lethargic and put on fat. It's the same amount of calories, but the content of the calories differs significantly.
:) At least that's what I think.
Research a little bit on dietary thermogenesis.. you'll find quite a bit on this subject.
You're mojo/power level is OVER 9000! on a HCV diet. This allows for near instantaneous burning off of any calories consumed no matter how much.
If you will allow me to answer your question with another: Why do I have so much freaking energy??? Seriously, I'm writing you from my sedentary desk job right now and my legs are bouncing all over the place. When I don't have to sit I'm standing and rocking from one foot to the next like a caged up animal. And it's the night shift of all things! I find the better I eat the better I feel. For the past few days I've been on just bananas and lettuce and feeling better than ever! I once heard somebody say, "Eat more to live more," (can't seem to remember who;), but I'm starting to think there might be some truth to that!
Perry, that is fantastic! Sounds like you are ready for some exercise time now. Use that energy and go on a long walk or start running. Use it!
Well, it is because a calorie is NOT just a calorie either way. You certainly are confused :D
Not so much. Try eating 1000 calories of fresh, natural food one day and compare it to a day of nothing but French fries (hypothetically...please don't eat fries all day).
Your body has to interact with each of these foods differently. Keep in mind that many things come into play here: how many calories your body BURNS when processing food, what processes must happen for the digestion of certain foods, and how those processes do/don't take away from the energy reserves you were supposed to be enjoying...
In order to convert carbs to fat, it actually burns carbs to do it.
in simple words
1g carb = 4 cal
1g fat = 9 cal
to convert 100g carbs into 100g fat, it has to go through a process which requires energy, so maybe you've got 1000 carbs to convert to fat, you'll lose alot to do that process and gain only very little. And it's VERY hard to have an excess of 1000 carbs, 1000g carbs =4000 calories, which is the top point of your diet, PLUS the calories you burn throughout the day, PLUS the activity burn, PLUS the process to convert to storage...