I am learning about specific heat in science and I learned about how the specific heat for water is called a calorie, but that is different to what is on the food label.
On the food label, that calorie is actually a kilo-calorie. My teacher went on to explain that if somebody handed you a bowl of ice-cream that contained 500 Calories (i.e. Kilo-Calories) then, that was enough to raise 500kg of water 1°C.
If a kilo-calorie is just raising your body temperature, why do we cut back on calories?? What effect does a kilo-calorie have on your body other than raising your temperature?
P.S. How can we burn calories?? This seems, at least to me, like an abstract thing... burning heat....