Why counting calories is incorrect, why is it still taught and who is running the show?
Counting calories is rubbish but why is it still taught and who is
running the show?
Saul Yudelowitz BSc (Hons)
Counting calories is
a lack of a scientific understanding of nutrition. The body does not count
calories.Calories come from
the measure of a machine called a bomb calorie measure. Basically the
temperature inside the machine is set, food is added and then burnt to ashes.
The increase in temperature is then converted into a calorie value. The human
body just does not do this. As an example of how inaccurate this measure is;
you could place faeces into the machine and get a measure, clearly this has no
nutritional value and does likely have a rather high calorie value.
Matter or energy is
what we all eat directly or indirectly. Plants convert sunlight into matter via
process call photosynthesis; animals eat plants and other animals! When we eat
the matter we convert this back into energy. Below is an example of how matter
is converted into energy in the human body. There is also another major point
As we cater for a
large and growing population the quality of the food we grow has decreased
while the quantity has increased. Humans have evolved to develop off nutrients
and not a high calorie diet. Eating food with a low nutrient value will only
force you to eat more food and this is a sure way of becoming fat, leading to many
diseases like obesity. It only gets worse if you exercise and eat a high
calorie diet! The body needs nutrients to heal not calories.
If you eat food that
has a high nutrient value you will not need to overeat. Since we have
commercialised food production the quality has dropped. This is what the World
Health Organisation needs to correct for long term health. While their research
shows that a healthy country is financially better off this is easily proved
incorrect. People in poor underdeveloped countries tend to have a short lifespan
while those in the developed world live longer. There has only been a shift
from acute disease in underdeveloped nations to chronic disease of developed
Obesity and neurodegenerative
disease are just two examples of chronic diseases effecting developed nations.
It becomes even more concerning because no health care system in the world can
afford the cost of neurodegenerative diseases like, Alzheimer’s and patients
are presenting with these diseases at a younger age. Obesity is known as one of
the first disease of the developed world where parents will attend their offspring’s
Counting calories is
complete rubbish; eating less than you burn will make you catabolic (burn muscle). So how
does matter get turned into energy in the human body? It is done by a process
called cellular respiration. The example below is a simplified example. Our
goal at Health and Performance is not to reinvent the wheel, just to change the
perspective from which you view it!
When you eat food
part of the process involves taking high energy electrons from the molecules
you eat and passing them along a series of proteins that use that high energy
to push H+ into an area of higher concentration.
There is a lower
concentration of H+ on the inside of the mitochondria at the bottom and a
higher concentration between the two bilayers at the top.
It takes energy to
transfer H+ from a lower concentration to a higher concentration, where they
are stored. This energy comes from the high energy electron as it is passed
along the series of proteins.
Therefore the cell is
creating a store of potential energy. Then, these H+ flow through another
special protein which then converts the energy into ATP, the cells energy
supply for respiration.