3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community  

Go Back   3 Fat Chicks on a Diet Weight Loss Community > Food > Food Talk And Fabulous Finds

Food Talk And Fabulous Finds Recipes, Healthy Cooking, and General Food Topics

How does the math work?

Closed Thread
Thread Tools
Old 02-03-2004, 06:02 PM   #1
Head Princess
StarPrincess's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 2,553

Question How does the math work?

Hey there -

I'm hoping one of you wonderfully educated people can enlighten me. Here's what I understand:

1 gram of carb = 4 calories
1 gram of protein = 9 calories
1 gram of fat = 9 calories

Right so far?

So how is it that I can find products all over the place (a lot of tea, for example) that says it has 1 gram of carbohydrate and 0 calories? Shouldn't it be 4 calories?

We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are. - Anais Nin

Started Atkins 7/15/2003
StarPrincess is offline  
Old 02-06-2004, 07:33 AM   #2
Om shanti
bicker's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Burlington, MA
Posts: 258


First: 1 gram of protein ~ 4 calories, not 9 calories.

Regardless, Title 21, Chapter I, Part 101 of the Code of Federal Regulations dictates nutritional labeling requirements. 21 CFR 101.9(c)(1) states:

"A statement of the caloric content per serving, expressed to the nearest 5-calorie increment up to and including 50 calories, and 10-calorie increment above 50 calories, except that amounts less than 5 calories may be expressed as zero."
bicker is offline  
Old 01-06-2005, 02:59 PM   #3
Junior Member
Roziesgirl's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Grand Rapids MI
Posts: 19

Default OK I am really confused now.

This is what I am currently doing daily:

1500 cal
100 protein
40 fat
less than 100 carb

But, if I read what you wrote...I really am taking in way more than 1500 calories aren't I?? I am so confused!!


Roziesgirl is offline  
Old 01-06-2005, 03:25 PM   #4
Senior Member
Meg's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 1999
Posts: 9,160

S/C/G: 257/135/maintaining

Height: 5' 4"



100 g of protein = 400 calories (4 x 100).

100 g of carbs = 400 calories (4 x 100).

40 g of fat = 360 calories (9 x 40).

Total = 1160 calories.

You're way low for 1500 calories. You can eat more!

If you want to skip all this math, a great place to go is Fitday - a free web site that allows you to track what you eat and adds up all the calories and grams of this and that for you. I couldn't manage without it!
Start: 257 - June 1, 2001
Goal: 135 - May 12, 2002
Size 22/size 4
Meg is offline  
Closed Thread
Posts by members, moderators and admins are not considered medical advice
and no guarantee is made against accuracy.

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Blood Work Results Leenie Carb Counters 7 04-17-2004 03:41 PM
How does the math work? StarPrincess Carb Counters 3 02-04-2004 11:12 AM
Math Question missaprylj 100 lb. Club 5 06-02-2003 02:52 PM
I Need MATH Help ageoldie Low Carb Archive 2 05-28-2002 10:37 PM
Math dharma Lighten Up! 1 08-31-2001 05:32 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:22 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.3.2