By Rob Archangel In an effort both self-motivated, and in the interests of research, I have gone over to the dark side, readers. I am now tracking my calorie intake in an experiment to personally test the ‘calories in, calories out’ (CICO) paradigm, and better understand why so many bright and respected minds find success in conscious calorie manipulation if done ‘correctly.’ Folks like Amber of Go Kaleo, and Anthony Colpo, who emphasize the ultimate relevance of the calorie. But first, a preamble. The issue of fat gain and loss, and bodyweight regulation is complex. It’s commonly oversimplified, and standard CICO advocacy often enough seems ignorant of the subtleties. By saying essentially, “Thermodynamics… bitches!” to CICO critics, they miss that neither side of that equation can be pinned down with the… Read more »
Posts Tagged: Calorie restriction myths
By Rob Archangel, 180DegreeHealth.com staff writer Happy New Year Crew! Anyone looking for a little aural dose of 180? Well you’re in luck. Matt appeared recently on Healthy Talk with Dr Mike to talk about Eat for Heat and to discuss how to eat for a long, robust life. Should be a good one. Check it out today, January 2 at 1pm EST, or you can download or stream it anytime afterward at the link above. They also offer a free Life Extension Foundation Magazine, available on their sidebar. Feel free to check that out too. Catch you folks on the flip side.
I didn’t have time to write a full-on post today, but wanted to keep our Calorie Myth series going. Here is a video on some of the basics of the simplistic “eat less/exercise more” approach to weight loss – and why this approach is an ineffective long-term strategy with negative physical and psychological side effects…
“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 »
Check out my eBook on how to RAISE YOUR METABOLISM, I’m not exactly a fan of low-calorie eating. While I’m tempted just to say, “aw man, calorie restriction. That is so dumb, that is really dumb, fo real” - I figured it would be better to seriously address calorie restriction as I see it. Recently I wrote a summary of the importance of metabolism that should be appearing on another site soon. In that summary I addressed calorie restriction briefly, which I have included below. The infatuation with calorie restriction is actually a fantastic example of some fragment of research taken out of context and the subtle nuances ignored – and more importantly, it’s applicability in real people in the real world unacknowledged. Of course, when calories are restricted, everything is restricted –… Read more »