The last meal lies like a heavy stone in the stom­ach for a rea­son.

If you eat 100 g of food rich in pro­tein, then do not think that all 100 g will nec­es­sar­i­ly gain mus­cle: the body itself will dis­trib­ute nutri­ents between tis­sues, with­out ask­ing you for advice.
Don’t self-med­icate! In our arti­cles, we col­lect the lat­est sci­en­tif­ic evi­dence and opin­ions from respect­ed health experts. But remem­ber: only a doc­tor can make a diag­no­sis and pre­scribe treat­ment.

Calories are consumed unevenly by organs

After eat­ing, our body begins to dis­trib­ute calo­ries between nutri­ent-hun­gry organs, grow­ing mus­cles and, of course, a promi­nent waist­line. Michael Jen­son, a pro­fes­sor of med­i­cine in the Mayo Clin­ic’s Divi­sion of Endocrinol­o­gy, Dia­betes and Metab­o­lism, has cal­cu­lat­ed how your body process­es food.

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  • 10 per­cent — kid­neys

The kid­neys work to ensure that the blood has the required amount of water and nutri­ents.

  • 5–10 per­cent for the heart

The heart gets most of its calo­ries from fat, which pro­vides the hard-work­ing pump with more long-last­ing ener­gy than glu­cose.

  • 23 per­cent for liv­er, pan­creas, spleen and adren­al glands

After the liv­er extracts nutri­ents, it stores excess calo­ries as glyco­gen.

  • 25 per­cent — mus­cles

Now about muscle mass

Mus­cles require a con­stant source of ener­gy even just to main­tain their mass, because the more of this invalu­able mass you have, the more calo­ries you burn (at rest).

  • 10 per­cent — brain

Glu­cose is the main fuel for the brain. It can­not be stored for a long time, so skip­ping meals can cause headaches, dizzi­ness and even faint­ing.

  • 10 per­cent on the ther­mic effect of food

The very process of break­ing down the food you just ate takes up a tenth of the calo­ries you absorb.

  • 2–3 per­cent for fat cells

This is what a gen­er­ous share is deposit­ed in the mighty bel­ly.

  • 10 per­cent — no one knows where

Per­haps you are a young fan of “evi­dence-based” sci­ence and are con­vinced that sci­en­tists have com­plete­ly exam­ined at least our own body? We have good news for you: many, many addi­tion­al stud­ies are need­ed to say any­thing.

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