We were always told that whether we have a fast or slow metabolism, 1 lb of body fat gained or lost = 3,500 calories.
Until recently, we were always told that whether we have a fast metabolism or slow metabolism, we were only fooling ourselves when we don’t heed the advice of the age-old caloric-formula: 1 lb of body fat gained or lost = 3,500 calories.
Seemed simple enough to understand, even if most of us didn’t always heed the formula.
Scientists, doctors, and nutritionists have told us for years that our body was like a bank account. We each had a very specific number of calories we could consume every day to maintain our weight. So in order to lose weight, all we needed to know was our baseline number. Then we could create a deficit of calories from our baseline each day in some shape or form, either by eating less, exercising more, or ideally both.
And most of us know there are plenty of great sites where you can access that information simply by entering “how many calories can I eat a day?” into Google.
But Jonathan’s exhaustive research and inquiry into tons of unpublished scientific and academic studies have pulled back a curtain of inaccuracy on what he says is a myth: there is no black + white caloric-formula.
In “The Calorie Myth” Jonathan asks the questions…
“What if everything you knew about weight loss was wrong?”
“What if you could eat more, exercise less, lose weight, and live better?”
And of course, from his perspective, he delivers the answers.
And as you might imagine, there are plenty of scientists, doctors, nutritionists, trainers, health coaches, weight loss programs and laypeople who argue with Jonathan. They claim they have living proof that the “calorie-in, calorie out” model works just fine if people will just follow it.
So the purpose of this post isn’t to take sides with either argument. I simply want to put a stake in the ground and say that this topic is worthy enough to keep the inquiry alive for quite some time.
You can expect to see lots of contributions from Jonathan here, on a wide range of topics, with evidence to support his findings. And we welcome contributions and insights from others who feel they have a viewpoint that needs to be heard as well.
And just to keep things lively you can expect I’ll be sharing a “judgment-free” calorie-laden goodie with each new post.
Each pic will only be about the calorie count. Not fat grams, not sodium content, and not any other nutritional information, just calories. Not a judgment call on whether what I’m sharing represents good calories, poor calories, eat this, not that, empty nutrition, preservatives, all organic… those topics will be covered in a multitude of other posts, as I’d like to keep the ideas, opinions, and insights moving.
The more, the merrier.
So with all that being said, I’m pleased to offer our very first “A Pictures [maybe] Worth a 1,000 Calories” image: a McDonald’s Sausage McMuffin.
Why would a Sausage McMuffin be worthy of the first image? No special reason really. It’s just that’s what I used to have for breakfast 2-3 times a week when I was at my highest weight, 435 lbs.
So there you have some “food for thought.”
What say you? … Agree, disagree, either “weigh”, why don’t you join in the conversation?
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