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    Exclamation The concept of empty Calories

    When foods are labelled "empty calories" does this essentially mean they have no nutritious value, or in other words - little to no vitamins and/or minerals in them?

    If the above is correct, given that one eats an optimal amount of vitamins/minerals from other sources, would eating "empty calorie" food sources be acceptable for increasing the calorie count (during bulking)?

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    Bulking or cutting, it all depends on your preference and what you want going into your body.
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    Depends on what the food item is and when it is consumed.

    I think if you provide what you are planning on eating and when, you would get a more than another generality for an answer .
    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
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    Alright... say for example, you're aiming for 200g protein/400g carbs/80g fat.

    and you're currently at 170g P/250g C/ 50g F for the day

    this is your last meal and you have say a Big Mac - 30g P / 50g C / 30g F.

    you've eaten well earlier in the day and got a lot of the vitamins and minerals and so forth from those meals.

    how detrimental would it be to get your calories from a meal like this to reach your caloric goals? obviously it would be better to get it from a "cleaner" source, i just searching for an answer as to how horrible these "empty calories" really are
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    for me, it means...there is very little to no nutritional value and basically something to stay away from.
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    For me it's the Quality of the calorie from the whole food.
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    Originally Posted by [-nemesis-]
    Alright... say for example, you're aiming for 200g protein/400g carbs/80g fat.

    and you're currently at 170g P/250g C/ 50g F for the day

    this is your last meal and you have say a Big Mac - 30g P / 50g C / 30g F.

    you've eaten well earlier in the day and got a lot of the vitamins and minerals and so forth from those meals.

    how detrimental would it be to get your calories from a meal like this to reach your caloric goals? obviously it would be better to get it from a "cleaner" source, i just searching for an answer as to how horrible these "empty calories" really are
    If I were you i'd eat the big mac. Enjoy.
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    Not neccessarily.

    For instance, a lot of "empty calories" are actually "unhealthy calories"...they aren't just calories devoid of micro nutrients, they are calories that can cause harm to your body.

    - Processed carbs cause severe glucose and insulin spikes, which over long periods of time can cause a wide variety of health problems. Sugar and flour are empty calories that don't hurt everybody equally, but should be avoided when possible. At least minimized.

    - Trans-Fatty Acids cause misshapen cell walls, which can cause blood vessel damage, an increase in the bad cholesterol, and a decrease in the good cholesterol. Hydrogenated oils are in almost everything these days that people would consider "empty calories".
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    Originally Posted by boyscouT
    If I were you i'd eat the big mac. Enjoy.
    You forgot to say "Oh, by the way, I'll always look better at the beach than you" .

    Maybe instead of having 1 completely crappy meal, spread the extra calories / junk you wish to consume over all of your good meals.

    A Big Mac isn't empty calories. A soda or candy bar is more like 'empty calories'.
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    Originally Posted by smackdaddyD
    Not neccessarily.

    For instance, a lot of "empty calories" are actually "unhealthy calories"...they aren't just calories devoid of micro nutrients, they are calories that can cause harm to your body.

    - Processed carbs cause severe glucose and insulin spikes, which over long periods of time can cause a wide variety of health problems. Sugar and flour are empty calories that don't hurt everybody equally, but should be avoided when possible. At least minimized.

    - Trans-Fatty Acids cause misshapen cell walls, which can cause blood vessel damage, an increase in the bad cholesterol, and a decrease in the good cholesterol. Hydrogenated oils are in almost everything these days that people would consider "empty calories".
    Good post, makes sense...

    I guess in moderation though, empty cals are not horrible horrible (depending on how clean u want to be).
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    Originally Posted by [-nemesis-]
    Good post, makes sense...

    I guess in moderation though, empty cals are not horrible horrible (depending on how clean u want to be).
    You gotta live a little
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    Originally Posted by [-nemesis-]
    Good post, makes sense...

    I guess in moderation though, empty cals are not horrible horrible (depending on how clean u want to be).
    Definitely, Good post. Key word is Moderation and also Dedication. If you want a good Quality Body you have too feed it properly. In saying that it doesnt hurt to have the Occasional Big Mac. IMO
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    Originally Posted by 2bbig
    Definitely, Good post. Key word is Moderation and also Dedication. If you want a good Quality Body you have too feed it properly. In saying that it doesnt hurt to have the Occasional Big Mac. IMO
    Big Mac's sure do taste good.
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    Originally Posted by boyscouT
    Big Mac's sure do taste good.
    How about Arbys Beef and Cheddar? uhmmm.
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    Originally Posted by 2bbig
    How about Arbys Beef and Cheddar? uhmmm.
    Never had one... how much is it? I'm not a fan of the taste of cheddar either
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    Originally Posted by 2bbig
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    Oh no it's in the U.S for sure, just didn't know you weren't in the States.

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