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Kilojoules – Calories – Energy – What’s the importance?
Kilojoules Calories

Rather than accentuating too much on “calories” themselves, lets discuss what makes up the ‘bulk’ of our meals…


Persistent misjudgement, misinterpretation and fabrication of information and products are blurring our views on current nutritional understanding.


Recently, it has become apparent that the misleading knowledge of individuals “needing” to consume “the correct amount of calories (KJ) per day”, rather than focusing on the individual foods that contribute to our daily energy. We should be paying more attention to viewing food groups as a whole by bringing together essential nutrients uniformly.


One (1) dietary calorie = 4.184 KJ of energy.

The general rule when losing weight is to consume less energy than we expend.

Though I’ll ask you this question, does each and every calorie have the same quality or value? When we digest food, the calories differ completely and vastly impact the biological processes in our bodies, including changes in hormones, satiety (fullness) levels, and metabolic efficiency and blood sugar levels.


We all know that we need a healthy balance of macro and micro nutrients for health and wellbeing however I want to reinforce to individuals that unless your energy is coming from the correct macro and micronutrients you will NOT see progressive weight results. Therefore in order for you to better understand this concept of creating a balanced lifestyle evolved around meals that are “nutrient dense” (full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants), I will outline how each macronutrient individually differs in terms of your body and metabolism in upcoming blog posts.


– General Outline –



  • Carbohydrates


Complex Vs. Simple – Differing food sources increase or decrease blood sugar levels, thus increasing satiety or leaving you feel depleted in a shorter time.



  • Protein


Complete Vs. Incomplete – How an array of food sources offer differing amino acid complexity and affects the rate of metabolic efficiency.



  • Fat


Essential Vs. Non – Essential – Some fats are essential to our bodies through an array of food sources, while other fats are not necessary for complete health, but rather cause adverse health effects.

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