Physical Fitness Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for physical fitness professionals, athletes, trainers, and those providing health-related needs. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I was eating a frozen yogurt earlier and noticed the nutrition label said:

Calories 200
Fat Cal. 70

I'm not sure what to make of this. I'm guessing 200 is the total calories, 70 of which comes from fat. I'm currently watching my diet trying not to take more than 2000 calories per day. Does it matter where the calories I'm in taking comes from?

I know it matters from a nutrition perspective but I mean does it matter from a weight loss perspective?

If fat calories are important is that because they are harder to burn than regular calories?

share|improve this question

closed as off topic by michael, Sancho, JohnP, VPeric, Ivo Flipse Jul 29 '12 at 15:38

Questions on Physical Fitness Stack Exchange are expected to relate to physical fitness within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about reopening questions here.If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

Can you rephrase the question to relate it to some of your fitness goals, or training regimen? As it is, it is a straight nutrition question, which isn't allowed, and it will likely be closed as off topic. – JohnP Jul 27 '12 at 0:34
up vote 1 down vote accepted

The simplest (and popular) answer is 'No', a calorie is a calorie and once converted to ATP it works the same way.

The correct and longest answer is: 'it is not that simple'. In fact, it the shortest answer would fill a whole book Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It

If you really don't want to read a book (I recommend you do) search for 'Paleo Diet' and follow the advice.

share|improve this answer
ordered the book as it has a lot of good reviews. – JakeRow123 Jul 27 '12 at 0:05

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.