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Why Coca-Cola Loves the Calories model

Coca-Cola loves to promote the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) model. As one of the leading purveyors of sugar sweetened beverages, it constitutes a significant portion of the added sugars in the American diet. Do you remember the story of the Twinkie diet? In 2010, Mark Haub, a researcher at the Kansas State University achieved...

The Calorie Debacle – T2D 19

The Calorie Debacle Eat Less. Cut your calories. Watch your portion size. Those form the foundation of conventional weight loss advice over the last 50 years. And it’s been an utter disaster, perhaps only topped by the nuclear meltdown of Chernobyl. This advice is all based on a false understanding of what causes weight gain....

Why The First Law of Thermodynamics is Utterly Irrelevant

There are many adherents to the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) theory that constantly bleat about "It all comes down to the First Law of Thermodynamics". The First Law of Thermodynamics refers to a law of physics where energy cannot be created or destroyed in a closed system and is ALWAYS true. It certainly holds...

Obesity – Solving the Two-Compartment Problem – Fasting 21

One of the major mistakes made by the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) hypothesis is the presumption that energy is stored in the body as a single compartment. They consider that all foods can be reduced to their caloric equivalent and then stored in a single compartment in the body (Calories In). The body then...

Circadian Rhythms – Fasting 19

It is sometimes useful to consider things from an evolutionary standpoint. We can look back at early humans and make some general recommendations. Granted, there is little or no proof, but the exercise is still useful and interesting. There is often great debate about whether we should be eating constantly, or occasionally. For example, some...

Thoughts on the Pritikin Diet

Denise Minger wrote a very thought provoking post on the very low fat Pritikin Diet and how it can help reduce disease including diabetes and cancer. In the first part, I wrote my thoughts on the Kempner Rice diet here. The Pritikin diet is primarily composed of high fibre, high carbohydrate, low-fat, plant based foods....

Thoughts on the Kempner Rice Diet

Recently, Denise Minger wrote a thought provoking post "In Defense of Low Fat". Denise is the author of a book called "Death by Food Pyramid" and came to fame writing a very thorough analysis of the China Study, which many people, (myself included) thought was far, far superior to the original analysis by the author...

The Proof is in the Pudding – More Turds in the PunchBowl

Have you ever heard the phrase "The proof is in the pudding"? It is also sometimes "The proof of the pudding is in the eating." What does this mean? No matter what you think, you need to look at the results to really judge something. Suppose you think that adding chalk to a pudding recipe...

Nutritionism’s Great Blunder

Dr. Ancel Keys has been accused of many great nutritional crimes, but his greatest blunder was the inadvertent triumph of nutritionism.  Dr. Keys was one of the great proponents of saturated fat as one of the main determinants of the epidemic of coronary disease in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  This led directly to the low...

Fasting Myths – Part 5

Fasting myths Many myths are associated with fasting. These myths have been repeated so often that they are often perceived as infallible truths.  Some of the these myths include: Fasting puts you in ‘starvation’ mode Fasting will overwhelm you with hunger Fasting causes overeating when you resume feeding Fasting will make you lose muscle Fasting...

Fasting Physiology – Part II

There are many misconceptions about fasting.  It is useful to review the physiology of what happens to our body when we eat nothing. Physiology  Glucose and fat are the body’s main sources of energy. If glucose is not available, then the body will adjust by using fat, without any detrimental health effects. This is simply...

Do All Diets Fail? – How to Lose Weight XI

All diets fail. Long term dieting is sheer futility. After initial weight loss, the dreaded plateau appears, followed by the even more dreaded weight regain. What do I mean? Weight loss follows the same basic curve so familiar to dieters the world over. Whether it is the Mediterranean, the Atkins, or even the old fashioned...