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The Calorie Myth Part 4 – Stool Volume


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One other exception to the idea that calories in/calories out is just some unchanging closed system is the very simple but highly substantial changes that occur in stool volume depending on your metabolic rate.  We’ve talked about how the type of food you eat determines how many calories your digestive system can absorb, but your digestive system can also increase calorie absorption or decrease calorie absorption based on whether it is actively trying to dissipate or hoard energy. states that: The color, volume and consistency or shape of stool varies from person to person. It is generally accepted that the normal stool is: tan to dark brown in color firm but soft elongated like a sausage passed at least 3 times a week volume of less than 200 ml… Read more »

The Calorie Myth Part I – Raw Food Weight Loss



“When Atwater burned foods in a bomb calorimeter… he assumed that humans could use all the energy present in a food and digested in the body.  If foods burns in the bomb calorimeter, Atwater seemed to conclude, it produces the same amount of energy value in our bodies.  But the human body is not a bomb calorimeter.  We do not ignite food inside our bodies.  We digest it, and we use calories to pay for this complex series of operations.  The cost varies…” ~Richard Wrangham; Catching Fire Tis the season for people to start making New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight.  Oh what fun!  And so, I figured what better time to do a multi-part series on the huge scientific fallacy and oversimplification that is, for lack of a better phrase… Read more »