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Tuesday, February 26th, 2008 at 11:38 am  |  3 Comments »

 

The science of fat-loss: Why a calorie isn’t always a calorie

I just stumbled onto this thought provoking  article by Dr. Michael Eades on fat-loss. The article focus on calorie counting and why it is flawed, in a sense.

Through my own un-scientific experience, I can conclude that calorie counting is definitely not a sure bet. The type of intake as well as the frequency plays a mayor role in weight-loss.

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The science of fat-loss: Why a calorie isn’t always a calorie

February 27th, 2008 10:57 am

Brad Hefta-Gaub says:

I read this article last night… very interesting.

Interestingly enough I had just read another article about “starvation reesearch” last week, when I was trying to find out more about the implications of a low calorie (1500) diet. The articles on starvation I found had some amazing scientific data about fat loss vs muscle loss, and included a review of a dozen different studies on the science of long periods of zero or near zero calorie diets.

My take on all of these is that there is so little we really understand about the human body. And it’s very easy to fall into the trap of “this is the perfect diet for everyone”… when in fact the studies seem to suggest that many peoples bodies react differently to similar scenerios.

There are a couple other interesting articles on the fourhourworkweek.com site about “slow-carb” diets, which seem to speak to low-glycemic index foods. This is a theory I’ve seen before and does sound credible to me, especially for endurance athletes.

February 28th, 2008 4:41 am

jenmarie says:

thanks! very interesting read…

February 28th, 2008 2:02 pm

Andy says:

@Brad: Thanks for the comment! Interesting as always.

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