Here’s a recent guest post I did for Diets In Review. Hope it’s helpful :)
Which of the following statements are true?
a. A pound of feathers weighs the same as a pound of lead.
b. We have to consciously decrease calories in or increase calories out in order to burn fat.
c. All triangles have three sides.
If we believe what we’ve been taught, A, B, and C are all true. However, it may come as a surprise (or not, considering the dramatic rise in obesity) that biologists have known for a long time that B is false. We do not need to consciously eat less or exercise more in order to burn fat.
How’s this possible?
There are at least three major biological missteps with calorie counting: Read more
Next stop on The Biggest Loser’s Jennifer Jacobs and Jay Jacobs‘ shift from short-term weight loss to long-term health and fat-loss: Q&A regarding exercising less–but smarter vs. exercising for literally six hours per day “on the ranch.” Enjoy the short, medium, and full versions of our chat below. I personally recommend the full version, but we want to provide something for everyone :) – Jonathan Bailor
“Saying we become fat by eating fat is like saying we become green by eating green vegetables.” — Paraphrase of Uffe Ravnskov, MD, Ph.D.
We are told that sugar-laden muffins, nutritionally neutered toast, and insulin-exploding juice are part of a balanced, nutritious breakfast because they are low in fat. After decades of this many of us now look at food and ask ourselves, “Is this low in fat?” If the answer is yes, we think it is healthy. Yet foods that contain fat are not necessarily unhealthy. Read more
“Saying that obesity is caused by eating too much is like saying that allergies are caused by breathing too much.” – Jonathan Bailor
In the last post we defined a hormonally horrible condition known as internal starvation. Let’s look at a simplified example of how this works. Read more
“…obesity is impossible in the absence of adequate tissue concentrations of insulin.” – M. Goldberg, in Journal of the American Medical Association
In the last post we touched on how hormones control the metabolic conversation that determines if we are storing or burning body fat. Let’s now dig into the hormone insulin’s role in this conversation as it is known in scientific circles as, “The most important hormonal factor influencing lipogenesis [body fat creation].” Read more
In the last post we covered the importance of healing our hormones rather than starving ourselves or spending hours on stair-steppers. Now let’s start to dig into why focusing on hormones instead of calories in and calories out is critical to solving the metabolic cause of chronic fat gain and sub-optimal health. Read more
“The ‘classical theory’ that fat is deposited in the adipose tissue [body fat] only when given in excess of the caloric requirement is finally disproved.”– E. Wertheimer, in Physiological Reviews
Photo Credit: Life’s Ambrosia
“Efficiency…is dependent on…the nature of the fuel and the processes enlisted by the organism. A simple example is the inefficiency of low-test gasoline…If a ‘calorie is a calorie’…were true, [then gasoline is gasoline and] nobody would pay extra for high test gasoline.” – R.D. Feinman, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center