I’ve been reading a lot, as I usually do, and have noticed a trend this week in weight chat. Since I’ve been meddling with mine and pondering on it, I thought I’d include some of the thoughts here. I haven’t had time to post my own progress this week, but I’ll do a final post next week, I hope.
Firstly, though, regarding popular books of the time, I skimmed the first several chapters of Gary Taubes’s book Good Calories, Bad Calories and also Why We Get Fat. He was a presenter in The Paleo Summit, and I wanted to read more after hearing him speak. The stuff Mr. T has written on the saturated fat misinformation from Ancel Keys is very interesting. I enjoyed reading through several of the studies, but then some of the conclusions began to give me pause. The main conclusion that troubles me in his book is the idea that it’s not just “calories in, calories out”. Quotes like this one, caused me to think that this was his premise:
Regarding restriction of carbohydrates: “…leads to weight loss and particularly fat loss, independent of the calories we consume from dietary fat and protein. We know that the laws of physics have nothing to do with it.”
Now, don’t get me wrong here, I do realize that all calories are NOT the same. I am a prime example of the frustrations that sugar/carby calories can cause. They make my body behave differently. BUT, to say that, in essence, calories don’t matter, seemed a bit silly. Any argument can be quickly (not thoroughly, but quickly) tested, I think, by taking it to it’s absurd conclusion (Reductio ad Absurdum). SO… what if I did and could eat 10,000 calories a day of CLEAN Paleo eating. Would I not gain weight? More »