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    Are vegetables a free-food?

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    I hear fairly well established guys saying that veggies are a free-food and don't account them for calories since it takes more energy to burn than they contain thus they are a free-food. How true is this? Should we be adding them to our total calories intake or not?

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    I'm thinking, in that case, how do vegans stay alive?

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    My first question would be: what do you count calories for ? Any particular purpose ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allenete View Post
    I'm thinking, in that case, how do vegans stay alive?
    Well, because they eat a lot more than just veggies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkJames View Post
    My first question would be: what do you count calories for ? Any particular purpose ?
    Because I want to. The purpose is because I want to reach my goals via tracking calories. I am fully aware that you don't always have to do this.

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    No.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie View Post
    Because I want to. The purpose is because I want to reach my goals via tracking calories. I am fully aware that you don't always have to do this.
    Then, I would say: if your veggie is starchy, yes (like pumpkin or butternut squash). Otherwise no, it would be a second or third order detail when most of the calories are from fat, protein and sugars. Moreover, veggies contain quite some fibers and other components which make them not so easily absorbed, which will mislead you in your the calorie counting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryKiwi47 View Post
    No.
    Any explanation for that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie View Post
    Any explanation for that?
    Any explanation as to why they would be a free food?

    Calories in vs calories out, one can gain weight on salad and on snickers - though the former would be much, much harder than the latter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AngryKiwi47 View Post
    Any explanation as to why they would be a free food?

    Calories in vs calories out, one can gain weight on salad and on snickers - though the former would be much, much harder than the latter.
    No, more on the viewpoint that it takes more energy to break veggies down than the amount of calories they contain thus essentially making them cal-less.

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