What are empty calories?

Take it easy on me, I'm new here!

I'm looking to lose weight and have found a lot of the pages on this website useful, but I'm still confused.

I've seen "empty calories" mentioned on the tele and other websites but I don't know what they are and how to avoid them?

Many thanks

Jen x




Hi Jen

An empty calorie is a calorie which has little or no nutritional value. They are typically found in foods with solid fat and sugars, such as fast foods, sodas, sweets, ice cream etc.

The name may be confusing - a calorie is simply a unit of energy (that's why they're talked about in terms of exercise and diet). An empty calorie just offers little in the way of nutritional benefit to the consumer and most western diets contains far too many.

Some empty calories are fine, but most your food choices should be nutritious. This will help you lose weight and boost your health and well-being.

Keep things simple and look to start a weight loss diet (which contains a varied choice of foods) and begin/continue exercise several times per week. Any more questions feel free to ask!


Thank you so much, that makes perfect sense. Basically all the bad foods I want to be avoiding anyway!

Thanks again x


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