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Everything You Know About Calories Just Might Be Wrong

In the premiere episode of the Bloomberg podcast ‘Losing It,’ we explain how not all calories are created equal—and why.

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Illustration by 731; Getty Images (1)

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We encounter calories everywhere—on nutrition labels, restaurant menus and in any of the plethora of apps designed to help people lose weight. Calories may seem simple and static: Every food has a set amount of calories, and physical activity burns calories. If you want to shed pounds, just eat fewer calories than you burn. Calories in, calories out.