Let’s Examine the Calorie Myth
A calorie is an interesting little word that simply stands for a unit of energy precisely the amount of heat needed to raise 1 gram of water 1 degree Celsius at 1 atmosphere pressure.
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Now, it has always been supposed that gaining weight results from taking in more calories than you expend through exercise, thermogenesis (the body’s own heat production), and all the body’s other metabolic functions. And, in fact, this is quite true.
What isn’t true is what many doctors have concluded from this and passed on to their hapless patients. I’m referring to the notion that the only way to lose weight is to strictly control your intake of calories. Doctors brought up in this school of thought will tell their patients that all diets are basically equal in regard to their weight loss potential. The only thing that matters is how many calories you take in!
This just isn’t so. Different kinds of diets can have different effects on the amount of calories a person’s body consumes daily, and, by taking different metabolic pathways, can cause the body to require different amounts of energy to do its work. On a low carbohydrate diet, there are metabolic advantages that will allow you to eat as many or more calories as you were eating before starting the diet and still begin losing pounds and inches.
And if you eat fewer calories most people do on this diet you’ll lose weight very fast. It’s not that calories don’t count, it’s just that you can, in fact, sneak them out of your body, unused, or dissipated as heat.
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