ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 2012
****The following is NOT and in depth explanation, it simply scratches the surface to get folks thinking and talking. Joe****
The mythical calories in/calories out ideology has been perhaps one of the biggest obstacles in successfully managing obesity and very well maybe one of the direct causes of the current obesity crisis. I am sure you have heard that to lose weight you need to burn more calories than you take in. The correlation can, on the surface, appear to make sense — however, in reality it doesn’t. It may help you lose weight, regardless if it is fat or muscle or fluid. Calorie restriction can negatively effect body mass. How many of those who follow calorie restriction, no matter how they exercise, are skinny/fat? Yes, it will work in the short term, but can you basically starve yourself for long term obesity management? Following this theory, your weight should dramatically fluctuate from day-to-day, week to week and month to month, based on how much more activity you either put out or how much more or less food you consume. Human physiology does NOT work that way.
The simple fact is — a calories is NOT a calorie. Basic physiology will tell us that the human body will process different foods in different ways. The processing of different foods is heavily influenced by the release of hormones, one in particular is insulin. This is the reason why low carbohydrate eating is such an effective means of not only losing weight, but keeping it off — permanently.
Those that espouse the calorie model of weight management will try to convince you that it doesn’t matter what you eat, just so long as you restrict the number of calories you consume. So you can eat, say 1,500 calories a day. To the advocates of caloric restriction it doesn’t matter if you eat 1,500 calories of ice cream, steak, bread, potatoes, chicken, fish, candy,… okay, you get the idea. Just as long as you restrict caloric intake, you will lose weight.
You want to know something, this may work, to a point. However, for a large majority of folks, it will not work in the long-term, and it will definitely not help improve your overall health. If you are consuming 1,500 calories of sugar, every day, your pancreas is secreting large amounts of insulin, eventually, potentially, leading to insulin related issues including weight gain, obesity and, as Paula Deen was recently diagnosed with, type II diabetes.
The body does not process carbohydrates, proteins and fats the same way. It is pretty obvious that simple carbohydrates and to a large extent, complex carbohydrates, have a negative effect on the human body. All carbohydrate, with the exception of fiber is eventually broken down into a simply sugar — so, all those complex carbs you have been dutifully consuming all become either glucose, fructose or galactose. They will all cause insulin to be released, and if not utilized almost immediately, the excess energy will be stored as fat in the body.
It does matter where your calories come from, it does matter in which form you consume them and it does matter to your overall health what you eat.
I am an advocate of low carbohydrate eating. Not simply restricting carbohydrates, but eating foods that are not processed and do not contain large amounts of non-fibrous carbohydrate. I eat foods in as close to the natural state as possible, so I am also an advocate of paleolithic and primal eating. By combining these two approaches, I have kept my weight in check for the last two years. Most importantly, the long term benefits are an active, fit and healthy quality of life.
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**************The information, advice and opinions contained herein is for information purposes only and is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease or disorder. The posting and videos do not apply to those with an underlying medical or hormonal condition. I advise anyone embarking on a weight loss and fitness plan to have a thorough medical evaluation. You want to be sure that you are physically able to exercise and you don’t have any underlying medical conditions No guarantees are made or to be implied.***********
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