Q. Do calories matter if the portion of the meal size is small?

Answered by
Debasish Dutta
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 30, 2022

Hello doctor,

Do calories matter if the portion size is small? An example, one snack-size mini burger is 780 calories, or 6 oz of ice cream is 580 calories. Will that still count as weight gain because of calories alone? Even though the portion size is the size of a gumball.



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In your case, as per your information, BMI (body mass index): 49.42 and a weight of 147.42 kgs is morbid obesity class. Your target weight should be 71.50 Kgs, BMR = 1478 Kcal/day.

Total daily energy requirement = 1774 Kcal/day if you are in a sedentary lifestyle and 2032 Kcal /day if you are lightly active (which involves light exercise and sports 2 to 5 days a week for 45 minutes).

Energy yields against food consumption at the following rate:

1) Carbohydrate = 4 Kcal per gram.

2) Protein = 4 Kcal per gram.

3) Fat = 9 Kcal per gram.

Please count your daily consumption of calories. You may use natural protein and reduce carbohydrates in your daily diet. Yoga and aerobic exercise in your daily routine will help you to improve your present mobility and endurance level. Add natural antioxidants, multivitamins, spirulina, omega-3, baked green vegetables, peanut butter, etc., for healthy living.

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