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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Why Your Diet Shouldn't Be About Counting Calories

I have a question for everybody.  It is commonly believed that eating too many calories will make you gain weight.  If this is true, then how do you explain the following?

Two weeks ago, Friday July 29, I cheated on my diet.  I consumed large amounts of spaghetti and Ramen Noodles.  The day's caloric intake was 3146 calories, 147g fat, 290g carbs and 170g protein.  When I stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh in Monday morning I had gained 1 pound!  I was not surprised since I had eaten large amounts of refined carbohydrates just a couple days before.

This past Sunday, August 7, I consumed large amounts of pork belly, beef ribeye and peanuts.  That day I consumed 4827 calories, 366g fat, 143g carbs and 259g protein.  When I stepped on the scale the next day for my weight in, I had LOST 1 pound!


Pasture Raised Pork Belly (aka, uncured, unprocessed bacon) YUM!!!
My diet and exercise during the two weeks was almost identical.  These two days were the outliers for the two weeks.

So how is this possible?  If consuming more calories than you burn makes you gain weight, then how did I manage to lose weight on the week I consumed much more calories?

The answer is all about hormones.  Consuming the large amounts of refined carbohydrates forced my body to release insulin which made my body store fat.  Consuming large amounts of fat and protein did not elicit this insulin response, so my body did not store the fat.

This is just one example of how calories don't really matter all that much.  It is more important to eat the right kinds of foods rather than worrying about counting calories.

3 comments:

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That makes alot of sense, being a diabetic and taking insulin i notice that when my sugars are high and need more insulin, it lines up with my weight loss or lack of when sugars are high.

This must be on a lot of people's minds - Mark's Daily Apple just posted an article going more in dept about this topic: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/how-many-calories-does-muscle-really-burn-and-why-its-not-about-calories-anyway/#more-22548

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