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The energy balance equation, the “calorie-in calorie-out” concept based on the Law of Energy Conservation, is utter nonsense when applied to a dynamic, open system like the human body.
How is it that whole population can follow such advice as counting calories without further inquiry into whether this is even a natural practice? Did grandma do it? Did our ancestors do it? Did all hominids in the past several thousand years do it? Do lean, healthy, disease-free cultures do it? And how is it that we count calories yet still struggle with weight loss?
We are told to eat less and exercise more to create a negative energy balance, and to lower our cholesterol. And if that doesn’t work, then staple our stomach, or get on drugs for the rest of our lives, to control our weight and to lower our cholesterol. How is it that a critical mass occur in our nation to feed the profits of Big Pharma and their lobbyists, without an equal proportion of challenge?
And how long can we run on a treadmill and pump iron to cause a “negative energy balance,” when even a healthy meal that night can turn the whole mathematical effort upside-down? And much to everyone’s dismay, the human body is smart enough that, when billions of its tiny cells become starved with this negative energy balance (through more exercise or less food), it will trigger the evolutionary-based hormonal signaling to the brain that it is time to eat and nothing will stop the act — not tricks, not will-power, not medical intervention.
Then we’re screwed. “Fell off the wagon again,” we say with self-defeat.
Perhaps it’s time to abandon a mathematical equation that studies (extending back to last century) have repeatedly demonstrated to be a diet method of long-term failure, and to likely do more harm than good.
But then what?
Well, to start, remove the stuff that our bodies weren’t designed to metabolize — grains and sugar. As I’ve written elsewhere, and as many far more intelligent authors and scientists have written about, grains and sugar cause insulin resistance that leads to the divergence of calories into fat cells, and immobilization once there. Even on a reduced-calorie diet, if grains and sugar are still present, the body still suffers from the same scenario… except now it’s starving even more.
The fact is that grains affect different people differently, and some people have a greater propensity than others to become sick and/or overweight when consuming grains. But, no matter how our body responds to grains, it just makes sense to eliminate the stuff entirely; grains contain higher amounts of anti-nutrients (even after heating and cooking) and we’re all healthier with their removal from the diet. (There is absolutely no nutrient that grains provide that you can’t get far more from vegetables, fruits, nuts, and meats.)
Let’s stop the non-sense calorie counting, and start enjoying real, natural food, and live free of numbers!