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Kcals? - March 24th 2019, 06:14 AM

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For the purpose of this question I'm going to use calorie numbers.

Okay, so I've been following an instructional exercise app which says it tracks calories. It says I burned 343 Kcalories which I just learned is different from regular calories. I used the thing on Google that easily converts things. And it corverted that into 34300 calories...? Without giving me the option to choose regular? What does this mean?
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Re: Kcals? - March 24th 2019, 11:39 AM

Google says:
  1. a unit of energy of 1,000 calories (equal to 1 large calorie).

In the way we use calorie, a kilocalorie is the same as a single calorie. Your app literally multiplied it by (ten?) thousand. So you burnt off 343 "large" calories, and calorie being energy.

I suggest reading up on it (if it isn't too triggering, but it's used in a sense of chemistry) through various sources.
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Re: Kcals? - March 24th 2019, 01:28 PM

We actually studied this in Chem not too long ago. Like it was said above, one food calorie sort of represents a thousand science Calories. We didn't use kcal; to make it easier we had one set of calories with a lowercase c and the other with an uppercase C (some kind of science rule). Food calories just represent part of the whole. Basically 1 food calorie = 1000 scientific calories, or 1 kilocalorie.

The 343 calories you burned multiplied by a thousand would be equal to the 34300 Calories your app gave you.

I think some people do use science calories for health purposes but most people from what I have seen use regular food calories to keep it simpler. We used these calories in vocabulary and equations we had to solve.

I am hoping I remembered that correctly. I brought my flash cards back out.

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