Does thinking burn calories?

How is your week going? Good, I hope. 🙂

Does thinking burn calories? Is it true that we are getting dumber? And could thinking therefore make us both smarter and  skinnier?

When I asked Google, it said: “While a brain takes up about twenty percent, or 300, of a resting body’s 1300 calories a day, and while it has the potential to burn more, it’s estimated that most actual thinking only changes the amount of calories that the brain burns by around twenty to fifty calories per day.”

So if I lay around all day and think in the normal manner (running on autopilot) I will burn up the equivalent of a Snickers. “Actual thinking,” Google says, will only burn another 20-50 calories. I wonder what they mean by actual thinking? If I wonder real hard can I have another Snickers?

Quora says thinking hard does burn more calories and “children’s brains consume two times as many calories as adult brains do.” So be kind to the little people, they are under stress.

What do you think about this? Think hard and we shall share candy bars with impunity. The reason I was wondering is that yesterday when I was trying to finish the illustrations for my next book, I noticed that when I ran into a snag, I broke out in a sweat, as if I was doing something more than just firing neurons and moving my fingers.

I found this to be very odd. I wondered if the AC had cut off or if I was coming down with a bug-but it only happened when I hit a snag and had to do heavy duty analysis and problem-solving. So I don’t know, but since then I have been craving a Snickers, as you can probably tell.


Illustration: Kern, the hero, is protector of the Mystic, Lemli.

He feels fairly confident because he is fourteen and has a sharp stalk of bamboo. (Models: Kern is my grandson, Lemli is my daughter)

Kern and Lemli As the Sparks Fly Upward

Kern and Lemli
As the Sparks Fly Upward

About Je' Czaja aka Granny Savage

Je' is a writer, artist, and stand up philosopher. She founded and directed two non-profit organizations for disadvantaged children and their families, served as a missionary for three years, is the author of several books and teaches art. Twitter: @jeczaja FB: Amazon Author page:


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