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Konvincing Kids that Kounting Kalories is Kooky

4.7 out of 5 stars5 star78%4 star13%3 star8%2 star0%1 star0%23 ratings1,758 viewsIs weight loss all about counting calories? No, of course not.

Here’s a short video on why it’s not about calories. It’s three minutes from standup comedian Tom Naughton’s presentation on the 2015 Low-Carb Cruise.

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Is Your Weight Controlled by Calories or Insulin?

What really matters for weight loss? Calories in and calories out, or is our body weight carefully regulated by hormones, like the fat-storing hormone insulin?

In this presentation from the 2015 LCHF Conference in Cape Town I describe why the second explanation – about hormones – makes much more sense. And why the first one – about calories – is a simplistic description that completely fails to address the cause of obesity.

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Why Counting Calories is Not Useful


Counting calories as a strategy to lose weight is broken. It just does not work. Here’s another good article about why:

The Atlantic: Rethinking the Calorie

Here’s the problem. The article concludes that calories is not the answer and then it assumes that the real answer must be found by some other kind of advanced science. But that’s simply wrong.

People used to have a good weight before, before the obesity epidemic, before calorie charts, before there even was such a thing as science.

All animals in nature eating their natural foods maintain a normal body weight. They do not count calories. Animals do not have to listen to scientists telling them what to eat or how to live their lives. They do not have obesity surgeons cut them open and remove healthy organs to lose weight. They are just normal weight anyway.

When it comes to personal weight control, we need less science, not more. Just eat real food, and only when you are hungry. That’s it for most people.

If that’s not enough and you want to keep your gut organs intact, reduce the carbs (sugar, flour) or do intermittent fasting. Or, ideally, both.

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Professor Ludwig vs. Stephan Guyenet on Insulin vs. Calories

Is our weight mostly controlled by hormones or by the brain? Is it about normalizing our fat-storing hormones (mainly insulin) or is it just about deciding not to overeat?

The second answer has been the most commonly believed one, and it’s been a giant failure. We need new ideas that actually work. So we need to find the truth.

The old arguments in this interminable debate are nicely packaged by the formerly popular blogger Stephan Guyenet, PhD, at Whole Health Source: Always Hungry? It’s Probably Not Your Insulin

As a reply Professor David Ludwig just published this: Ludwig Responds to Whole Health Source Article

Who wins?

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“The Low-Fat Diet Has Been One of the Biggest Disasters in Modern Medicine”


Do you want to eat better and lose weight in 2016? Here’s a new article with great quotes by smart doctors. like Dr. Aseem Malhotra:

The low-fat diet has been one of the biggest disasters in modern medicine, and in my view has fuelled the obesity epidemic. It’s time we stopped counting calories and ate real food.

One person who certainly agrees is the obesity researcher and practicing physician Dr. David Ludwig, author of the soon-to-be-published book Always Hungry. He says that…

…low-fat diets popularised since the 1970s had ‘not only fuelled the obesity epidemic but also contributed to cardiovascular disease’.

The theory that high-calorie fat should be eliminated because all calories were created equal was ‘profoundly misguided’, he said, adding: ‘With low-fat diets, you are destined to fail.’

Here’s the full article:

DailyMail: Hurrah! It’s the steak and chocolate diet – which is easier to keep to because it has enough fat

Ignore the silly chocolate-eating pictures. Obviously eating tons of chocolate is not the way to lose weight. There’s always some sugar in chocolate. But small amounts of dark chocolate (70%+) is a smart choice for an occasional indulgence.

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Overweight Haters Ltd: Prejudice at Its Worst

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There’s some truly nasty prejudice against overweight people today, and this is one of most ignorant and hateful examples I’ve ever seen:

Daily Mail: Police probe ‘Overweight Haters Ltd’ card handed to commuters after shocked woman is given leaflet which branded her a ‘fat, ugly human’

Unfortunately some people still believe that shaming people with weight issues will somehow help them, by motivating them to change. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Shaming people into feeling bad will only reduce their willpower.

Imagine a day when you felt really depressed. Did you go out for a run and did you cook nutritious meals all day? Not likely. More likely you ate chocolate. Perhaps you even had a drink (or two) and smoked cigarettes. Then you probably ended up in front of the TV. That’s what happens when people get depressed.

Never ever tell someone with weight issues to eat less and run more. First of all it does not work. Second of all they’ve already heard it a million times. It can only hurt them.

If you want to help others then learn more effective ways to lose weight, and try to be an inspiration yourself. When people ask how you did it you can tell them. That might actually help.

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Why Calorie Labeling Does Not Work – and What to Do Instead

Here’s another article on the dismal failure of calorie counts on menus to have any positive effect whatsoever:

NYT: The Surprising Failure of Calorie Counts on Menus

Why doesn’t it work? Because weight control has never been about obsessively counting calories while eating junk food.

Weight control is most of all about food quality. Increase the quality and you’ll stop feeling the need to eat all the time. You’ll start losing weight without effort, without the need to count anything.

Counting calories to maintain normal weight is as silly as counting our breaths to maintain normal oxygenation.

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US Obesity Keeps Rising – Not Stopped by Ridiculous Calorie-Counting Efforts


Eat less, run more. Watch your energy balance. That’s what Americans have been told for decades, yet obesity keeps rising.

NYT: Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say

Newly published data shows that in 2013 and 2014 fully 38 percent of American adults were obese, a staggering number and a new record. The numbers have been rising steadily since the early 80s when around 15 percent were obese.

It’s clear that what we are doing is not working in the US, nor anywhere else. We’re attacking this from the wrong angle. We need to stop the ridiculous fixation on energy balance (a Coca-Cola sponsored concept).

What we eat determines how much we want to eat. This is a question of food quality – and then the quantity can take care of itself, via our natural hunger and satiety signals.

It’s a question of the hormonal regulation of weight, not calorie counting. Obesity is not a physics or mathematics problem, it’s biology.

Until society gets the fundamental questions right we’ll never arrive at the solution.

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Calorie Counts on Menus a Failure – Here’s Why


Calorie counts on menus aren’t working.

Seven years after calorie counts were mandated in fast-food restaurants in New York City, people do not eat fewer calories at all. If anything the trend has been for people to eat more calories on average. And every year people notice the calorie counts less – they seem to be fading into the background noise.

A new study shows it’s simply a failure:

Next year calorie labelling in fast-food restaurants will be mandatory in the entire US. Time will tell if they will be less useless outside of New York City, but all indications are that they will be a giant waste of time and space.

A hundred years ago almost nobody knew about calories and almost everyone was slim. Now everybody knows about calories and most of the US population is overweight. It’s not a problem of calorie counting. It’s a problem of food quality.

The problem is that the quality of our food determines how many calories we want to eat – and how many calories we spend. Worrying about calories first is putting the cart before the horse.

That’s why calorie counts aren’t working.

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New Study: Cutting Sugar and NOT Calories Improves Kids’ Health in Just 10 Days!

Sorry Coca-Cola, and all other calorie fundamentalists, out there. The evidence is in and it’s NOT just about energy balance. Sugar appears to actually be toxic in itself.

More and more people have long suspected that sugar is one of the main drivers of the obesity epidemic, and the diseases related to it, like type 2 diabetes. Lots of studies point in that direction. But it’s a hard thing to definitely prove. A new study published today strengthens the argument considerably.

The study had 43 kids with obesity and metabolic syndrome eat less sugar for just 10 days. Importantly, they had an equal amount of calories, the only difference was that the fructose from sugar was replaced with starch.

The result was improvement in just about all factors connected to metabolic syndrome: better blood pressure, better blood sugar, way lower insulin, even without any effect on weight. All this by reducing sugar and NOT calories, for just 10 days.

The story is all over the media today:

The study:

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