Where Do The Calories Go?
We tend to forget that calories actually do something more than cause weight gain.
Namely, they keep the body’s many systems up and running. After a meal, for example, your body begins to apportion calories to nutrient-hungry organs, growing muscles, and yes, your thighs. Michael Jensen, M.D., a professor of medicine in the division of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic, details what goes where:
- 25 percent to muscles
- 23 percent to the liver, pancreas, kidneys, spleen and adrenal glands
- 10 percent to the kidneys
- 10 percent to the brain
- 10 percent to breaking down the food you just ate
- 5 to 10 percent to the heart
- 2 to 3 percent to fat cells
- 10 percent to . . . who knows where; some calories go unaccounted for.