Definition of calorie noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkæləri//
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  1. 1a unit for measuring how much energy food will produce A fried egg contains about 100 calories—about the same as you would burn off if you ran a mile. No sugar for me, thanks—I'm counting my calories. a low-calorie drink/diet Wordfinderbinge, calorie, diet, digest, eat, fattening, food, meal, restaurant, taste CollocationsDiet and exerciseWeight put on/​gain/​lose weight/​a few kilos/​a few pounds watch/​control/​struggle with your weight be/​become seriously overweight/​underweight be/​become clinically/​morbidly obese achieve/​facilitate/​promote/​stimulate weight loss slim down to 70 kilos/(British English) 11 stone/(especially North American English) 160 pounds combat/​prevent/​tackle/​treat obesity develop/​have/​suffer from/​struggle with/​recover from anorexia/​bulimia/​an eating disorder be on/​go on/​follow a crash/​strict diet have/​suffer from a negative/​poor body image have/​develop a positive/​healthy body imageHealthy eating eat a balanced diet/​healthily/​sensibly get/​provide/​receive adequate/​proper nutrition contain/​get/​provide essential nutrients/​vitamins/​minerals be high/​low in calories/​fat/​fibre/(especially US English) fiber/​protein/​vitamin D/​Omega-3 fatty acids contain (no)/use/​be full of/​be free from additives/​chemical preservatives/​artificial sweeteners avoid/​cut down on/​cut out alcohol/​caffeine/​fatty foods stop/​give up/ (especially North American English) quit smokingExercise (British English) take regular exercise do moderate/​strenuous/​vigorous exercise play football/​hockey/​tennis go cycling/​jogging/​running go to/​visit/ (especially North American English) hit/​work out at the gym strengthen/​tone/​train your stomach muscles contract/​relax/​stretch/​use/​work your lower-body muscles build (up)/gain muscle improve/​increase your stamina/​energy levels/​physical fitness burn/​consume/​expend caloriesStaying healthy be/​get/​keep/​stay healthy/​in shape/(especially British English) fit lower your cholesterol/​blood pressure boost/​stimulate/​strengthen your immune system prevent/​reduce the risk of heart disease/​high blood pressure/​diabetes/​osteoporosis reduce/​relieve/​manage/​combat stress enhance/​promote relaxation/​physical and mental well-being See related entries: Diet
  2. 2(specialist) a unit for measuring a quantity of heat; the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of a gram of water by one degree Celsius
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French, from Latin calor ‘heat’ + French suffix -ie (see -y).Extra examples Fruit is relatively low in calories. I don’t count calories, but I am careful about what I eat. I’m trying to watch my calories at the moment. Mile per mile you get the same calorie burn from walking as from running. Some people count calories all their lives. Sweets and biscuits have a lot of empty calories in them. Try to reduce the percentage of fat calories in your diet. Vegetables are relatively low in calories. You need to exercise more to burn off the calories. a calorie-restricted diet a low calorie drink foods with a high calorie content
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