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Do calories matter?

Monday, June 24, 2013

This may seem like a ridiculous question to ask. It is obvious that calories matter, but not in the way most people think. The calories we take in do not determine our weight.
The key to understanding calories is to ask the right questions about them.
Here is a blog post that many of my low-carb friends have already seen, but I believe it is so critical to be successful in losing and maintaining weight that I want to share it again:

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    this is really very important as to how it explains how each of us is so different in what it takes to lose weight and then to maintain the weight loss as we each are very different.

    thanks for sharing.
    1757 days ago
    Birgit - the article you've linked to is a good one to read. The subtly of realizing that weight gain must mean that a person has eaten more than (s)he's expended, but that what items you eat (and how much) also affects how you behave and how your body behaves. So choosing your nutrition wisely, for both the types and amounts of food, has a big payoff.

    thanks for sharing.

    1757 days ago
    I have had some low-carb success, but continue to "stray" and backslide. Loved your recent post with the At Goal / Maintenance SparkTeam...I really think low-carb has the potential for myself to be the Holy Grail of an eating plan that doesn't require "tracking".

    Now to get with it and stick with it!

    1758 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I thoroughly enjoy Peter's blogs. His scientific background, an MD, and a driven personality make him uniquely qualified to tackle the subjects. I consider discovering of his site to be a major find for me this year.
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    1759 days ago
    I think you can gain weight even if you eat healthy foods. My diet is quite limited and I find it very easy to gain. There are definitely things I could improve on though.
    1759 days ago
    Calorie counting didn't work for me, that's for sure.
    1760 days ago
  • -LINDA_S
    When I first embarked on the hCG protocol, my functional med doc said that his sister thought calories really didn't matter, but his own case proved different. Seems that there is a threshold beyond which one will gain weight even if eating all the "right" things. I think this is true, while also believing it's just as bad if not worse to undereat and thereby sabotage your metabolism. Thanks!
    1760 days ago
    thanks for the link very useful
    1760 days ago
    I had not seen this! Great information- thanks! emoticon
    1760 days ago
    Yes, I have read this blog before. The most important statement (and he emphasizes that it is, indeed, the most important statement) is here:

    "Conventional wisdom, perhaps better referred to as Current Dogma, says that you gain weight because you eat more than you expend. This is almost true! To be 100% true, it would read: when you gain weight, it is the case that you have necessarily eaten more than you expended. Do you see the difference? It’s subtle but very important — arguably more important than any other sentence I will write. The first statement says over-eating caused you to get fat. The second one says if you got fat, you overate, but the possibility remains that another factor led to you to overeat."
    1760 days ago
    1760 days ago
    Good ideas, thanks for posting.
    1760 days ago
    Mmm, good thought material - thanks emoticon
    1760 days ago
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