Where does those calories go..


You need them to make your body move

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

0 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

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