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Friday
Apr082016

Rethinking the Calorie

According to the Centers for Disease Control, “To lose weight, you must use up more calories than you take in.” But most people do not find weight control so simple. There are many problems with the simple notation that weight loss is just a matter of calories in vs. calories out. How do we know the number of calories we take in and more importantly, what do our bodies’ do with those calories? Here are some variables:

  • Measuring the number of calories in a food is extremely inaccurate.
  • How many calories each person extracts from a particular food varies from person to person and from food to food.
  • How the food is prepared changes the available calories.
  • The microorganisms in our gut influences how many calories get absorbed.
  • The time of day food is consumed and how much sleep you get can determine whether your body burns or stores the calories.
  • Nutrient density and meal composition, genetics, age, specific hormone levels, body fat, and stress all affect calorie absorption.

“Science has already shown that the calorie is broken. Now it has to find a replacement.”

(see full article The Atlantic)

While we wait for scientists to figure out how much we should eat (something our ancestors and wild animals have known forever), here are some tips. Choose whole foods like vegetables, meat, poultry, fish and fruit. Limit foods that are made from flour and sugar and follow the Best Calorie Control Guide.