Skip to comments.The Calorie Is Broken
Posted on 01/28/2016 3:31:41 PM PST by SamAdams76
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In my own experiences of losing weight, I am also convinced that a "calorie is not a calorie." I have my best success when I stick to foods that are "full-fat" and satisfying than to have foods that are "low-fat" that instead have hidden sugars and salt to make the food palatable.
For instance, take "no fat" yogurt with fruit on the bottom. That fruit on the bottom is mostly sugar and you might as well be having a soft drink with all the sugars you will be ingesting. But go with a plain whole-milk yogurt and while you might get 4g of fat, there is virtually no added sugar. If you want, you can add frozen blueberries or some other fruit yourself. I prefer frozen blueberries however as it makes the yogurt taste like an ice cream sundae - only without all the sugar. Having that full-milk yogurt will generally keep me full until lunchtime.
Maybe I’ll start a pinglist for this topic. Not sure what to name it though...Diet? Food?
Healthier lifestyle ping list?
My husband and I are on a low-carb diet. I don’t count calories at all.
Today I had an Atkins frozen meatloaf dinner and added frozen broccoli florets with a little butter for breakfast. For lunch I had some sliced chicken breast.
For dinner, we’re having a mostly meat but with some black beans chili, with some yoghurt.
I was pretty heavy. About 80 pounds overweight. What finally worked for me was intermittent fasting and strength training. The fact is, if you don’t increase your lean body mass, you will always have to limit your calorie intake. As you increase lbm, even while at rest you will burn more calories than before.
There is another dynamic at work.
The more you work out, the thinner you get and the less you weigh.
And the more fit you are.
I don't eat as much as I used to, but I am also now addicted to exercise and fitness.
I.e. I want to eat right so I can improve my fitness.
You are on the right track and will see great improvement.
I like the fasting thing also. Have used it to great effect.
The Weight Watchers plan, recently updated, uses “SmartPoints,” which are calculated using a formula that includes calories, saturated fat, sugars, and protein.
I was a little irritated when they took fiber out of the calculation, but a food that is high in fiber is often high in protein, too.
And yes, a cup of Chobani yogurt and a bottle of Dr Pepper have about the same calories. Yogurt has been turned into a dessert, like coffees and other items.
stop eating WHEAT ~!!!!!!!!!!!!!
it will change your life- I promise
The more you work out (particularly doing cardio) the higher your metabolism. And the more calories you burn and the lower you appetite.
I don't understand it...but it works.
Plus cut the carbs and go heavy on the protein, fat (yes fat), and fruits and veggies.
"Healthier Lifestyle" ping list it is. And you will be my first add.
You ever read any Denninger on this topic?
The problem with simply dieting is that you lose muscle as well as losing fat. Muscle tissue is what ups your metabolism to help you burn those calories. So unless you are also doing something like weightlifting to maintain and increase your muscle mass, you are usually fighting a losing battle. The other thing is that, for the same volume, muscle weighs more that fat. So you may not think you are losing that much weight on the scale, but if you are actually building lean muscle, you are going to be much leaner even if there is not necessarily that much weight loss.
Turns out though you get fuller faster so you don't really eat all that much. I was in Long Island on business last night so I went to a sports bar for dinner. I ordered a 12-ounce ribeye steak with a double side of broccoli. I was full for the rest of the night. In the past, I would get cheeseburger and fries at this place and then I'd go back to the hotel room and snack for the rest of the night because I'd be hungry.
Losing weight is definitely about more than calories consumed/calories burned. Need to look at the body’s fat storing and burning processes and how different foods and ingredients affect those processes.
Counting calories burned is not an exact science because we all have different metabolisms. I have hyperthyroidism, high metabolism. A blessing in some ways, but makes it hard to maintain muscle.
The market-ticker guy?
Just eat less and exercise more. People who obsess on calories are just avoiding the whole question. There is no way that you won’t lose weight if you expend more fuel than you load on.
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