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Why Calorie Counting Is Useless – and Sometimes Even Harmful

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Calorie counting can be a devastating weight-loss method that distracts us from what really matters – the effect that different foods have in our bodies. If you try to counterbalance the chocolate eating with more time in the gym, you might be in deep waters.

Here’s a good article about the problems of calorie fundamentalism, i.e. believing that a calorie is a calorie:

That crudity leads to mistakes, like the idea that 200 calories of Skittles are in any way equivalent to 200 calories of salad. In that way, calories have been weaponized by marketers to claim their ingestible products are innocuous. As Coca-Cola has advertised, for one, drinking soda is fine as long as you exercise enough to burn off those calories. That’s reasonable if it weren’t also true that constant exposure to high-sugar foods changes the way our bodies store energy. It’s like saying it’s fine to insult someone as long as you follow it with a compliment.

The Atlantic: It’s True, Hot Baths Burn Calories

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Does Eating 6-7 Times a Day Make You Eat Less?

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Is snacking a good strategy for weight loss?

How do you reign in hunger? We all think that eating more will prevent hunger, but is this really true? This is what is behind the advice to eat 6 or 7 times a day. If you can prevent hunger, then you may be able to make better food choices, or eat less.

On the surface, it seems pretty reasonable. However, on the surface, the calories in calories out paradigm also seem pretty reasonable, too. Like fool’s gold, appearances can be deceiving, and we must dig deeper to appreciate the truth, otherwise we are the fools. So, let’s think about this a little more. Continue Reading →

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Weight Control – The Calories vs. Insulin Theory


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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 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.

You can watch a segment from my presentation above (transcript). The full presentation is available on our member site:

Weight Control – The Calories vs. Insulin Theory – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt

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Ketosis Mimics the Effect of Caloric Restriction on Longevity

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Could ketosis prolong life? A new critical review argues that this may be the case.

A severe restriction of calories has been shown to increase the lifespan in animals. The cause of this is still unclear, but it could be because of a reduction in insulin and insulin-like growth factor levels.

One of the results of this is the state of ketosis and production of ketone bodies. The researchers believe that those could be part of the answer:

We hypothesize that increasing the levels of ketone bodies will also extend the life span of humans and that calorie restriction extends life span at least in part through increasing the levels of ketone bodies.

Whether the theory is true of not, it’s an interesting paper to read for keto nerds:

IUBMB Journals: Ketone Bodies Mimic the Life Span Extending Properties of Caloric Restriction

Note, however, that the lead author owns a number of patents on the production of exogenous ketones. So there’s a certain bias involved.

If ketosis actually can prolong life, it’s almost certainly more effective to reach it via a ketogenic diet. That’s how to get the hormonal effects too, not just the ketones.

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Do You Have to Count Calories to Lose Weight?


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Do you have to count calories to lose weight? No, of course not. But WHY is the answer no, and WHY do most scientists and people in the media still not get this?

There’s nobody better on the planet to explain this simply than Dr. Jason Fung. He’s a phenomenon.

You can watch a segment from our video interview above (transcript). The full interview is available on our member site:

Do You Have to Count Calories to Lose Weight? – Dr. Jason Fung

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Does Caloric Restriction Cause Weight Loss? Not According to Science!

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Worst advice ever?

There are many people, highly educated and believing themselves intelligent, that say that all diets come down to calories. So, any diet that works automatically comes down to cutting calories. It seems to be a fallback position of many academics and researchers and others who tend not to live in the real world. They say ‘This diet (Paleo, Low Carb, Whole Food etc.) works because it creates a ‘caloric deficit’. That is, reducing the calories you eat will create a caloric deficit. They often invoke the old Calories In Calories Out rule. Continue Reading →

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Stressing Less to Get Pregnant


4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars69%4 stars30%3 stars0%2 stars0%1 star0%13 ratings551 viewsThe old piece of advice to eat less and run more is not effective for losing weight. It may even have negative effects, like infertility.

In fact, women might drastically increase their chances of becoming pregnant by avoiding common stressors such as over-exercise, calorie restriction and caffeine.

Here’s my interview with fertility expert Dr. Fox. Watch a segment above (transcript). The full, longer video is available on our member site:

Stressing Less to Get Pregnant – Dr. Michael Fox

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Maybe Obesity Isn’t Caused by “Mindless Eating” After All

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Brian Wansink is a celebrity scientist and the author of the book “Mindless Eating”. His research lab has produced hundreds of studies about how our surroundings affect our eating. For example, that we allegedly eat more when served food on bigger plates.

It’s interesting stuff and I read his book and found it quite interesting. Unfortunately, lately Wansink and his lab has gotten into trouble. It seems like they have been a bit too interested in finding “cool” scientific findings to present to the media, at any price.

Seemingly, they’ve been less interested in more mundane things, like making sure their findings are not just made up fantasies.

Maybe obesity is not quite that influenced by “mindless eating”, like the size of your plate, your choice of music or the color of your dining room after all.

Maybe it’s still more important what you choose to eat. At least that’s my guess.

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Is It Insulin or Excessive Calories That Make Us Gain Weight?


4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars83%4 stars10%3 stars3%2 stars0%1 star2%177 ratings6,259 viewsWhat really matters for weight loss? Calories in and calories out, or is body weight carefully regulated by hormones, like the fat-storing hormone insulin?

In this presentation from the LCHF Convention 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.

Watch a segment above (transcript). The full, longer video is available on our member site:

Weight Control: The Calories vs Insulin Theory – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt

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Intermittent Fasting vs. Caloric Reduction – What’s the Difference?

Is there any difference between fasting and caloric reduction?

Some would argue that the beneficial effect of fasting is entirely due to the caloric reduction. If true, then why is there such a striking difference between stunning failure of chronically reducing calories and stunning success of fasting?

Caloric Reduction as Primary (CRaP) has been tried innumerable times over the past few decades, and failed virtually every single time. Yet fasting is often effective where simple caloric reduction is not. Why? Continue Reading →

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