Re: Thermodymanics -- Re: Three reasons why calories probably don't count

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by John Sankey, Feb 22, 2006.

  1. John Sankey

    John Sankey Guest

    "We know that there are many medical conditions or disorders
    where different peoples cannot digest the same food ingredients
    .... So, people should not be expected to react to food
    identically ... It is insane to expect that a dietary calorie is
    a dietary calorie, and they all give the same response in
    different people".

    Very well put.
     
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  2. TC

    TC Guest

    John Sankey wrote:
    > "We know that there are many medical conditions or disorders
    > where different peoples cannot digest the same food ingredients
    > ... So, people should not be expected to react to food
    > identically ... It is insane to expect that a dietary calorie is
    > a dietary calorie, and they all give the same response in
    > different people".
    >
    > Very well put.


    I tend to cringe whenever it is suggested that we are all different and
    we each have different metabolisms, etc. And to use this as an argument
    against the calorie theory kinda makes me cringe too.

    I think the problem with the calorie theory has more to do with the
    complexity of the foods we eat and the complexity in how the body uses
    the foods and the nutrients. The calorie theory ignores the various
    states that our body goes into thruout the day and the various cycles
    that it must deal with. By states, I mean such states as when hungry,
    when satiated, when sleeping, when doing physical work, when sedentary,
    when protein deficient, fat deficient, when injured, when sick, etc.
    All of these states are brought on by complex circumstances and the
    body reacts in complex ways utilizing nutrients in various ways and
    metablising foods in ways that the current state demands upon the body.

    The calorie theory may be applicable to weight management within some
    narrow definable set of limitations in a narrow definable set of
    well-controlled circumstances in some lab somewhere, but in the real
    world it has merely been a waste of time and a distraction to those
    trying to actually lose weight. And it has failed.

    TC
     
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