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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 to understand.

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 nations.

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 funeral.

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!

Cellular respiration:

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.

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