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.


Weight Control – A Question of Calories or Insulin? – Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt
Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes


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

What Happens If You Eat 5,800 Calories Daily on an LCHF Diet?

Professor Ludwig vs. Stephan Guyenet on Insulin vs. Calories

One comment

  1. chris c
    Sedge warblers are sparrow-sized birds which breed in northern Europe, then migrate across the Sahara to winter in Africa.

    To fuel this migration they DOUBLE their body weight by eating plum reed aphids - high carb insects, basically little protein bags of sugar from the plant sap. Then they burn off the body fat with exercise. I'd love to measure their insulin levels and insulin resistance during this process.

    Every year you will see them busily pecking away on their smartphones checking out calorie counts.

    Oh wait, of course you don't.

    Meanwhile thanks to "scientific" diets based on grains you see ever more fat and diabetic dogs and cats.

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