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Old 07-13-13, 12:38 PM
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K-Cals ??

If food labels list calories in K cals rather than plain callories, how can I tell if I am burning them? Don't all the heart rate monitors list the burn in plain calories?
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Old 07-13-13, 01:01 PM
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Calorie with a capital “C” is an abbreviation for kilocalories. Food calories are kilocalories.
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Old 07-13-13, 07:32 PM
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A calorie is the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one gram (equivalent to one cc or ml) of water, one degree Celsius. Since this is such a minute amount, when talking about the energy we derive from food, the term calorie is used to refer to the amount of energy required to raise the temperature of one kilogram (equivalent to one liter) of water, one degree Celsius. Since this is 1,000x the energy the scientific expression is kilocalorie or kCal, but everyone in health, fitness, and nutrition industries just refers to it as a calorie. All "calories" on food labels, fitness tracking devices, etc. are the same unit of measure so no problem.
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Old 07-13-13, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by jawnn View Post
If food labels list calories in K cals rather than plain callories, how can I tell if I am burning them?
If you are breathing that is always a good indication.


Don't all the heart rate monitors list the burn in plain calories?
"k" (small k) stands for 1000.
"cal" is the symbol for calorie.
kcal means 1000 calories, sometimes also written as Cal or Calorie.
On food labels you can see anything: Cal, cal, kcal, calorie, Calorie. But the number will actually always be in kcal.
Hear rate monitors will also output a number in kcal, so no worries there.
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Old 07-14-13, 07:09 AM
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If you want to know you intake vs how much you are exerting MyFitnessPal is a good app for that.
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Old 08-03-13, 05:13 AM
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I think they are potassium calories.
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