Tuesday, January 30, 2007

A calorie is a calorie: Is it really that simple?

I was just reading this article that I thought everyone might be interested in:

Diet, exercise take off equal pounds, study finds

This is the original study they are speaking of which should provide full free access (need to register) for this article: Effect of 6-Month Calorie Restriction on Biomarkers of Longevity, Metabolic Adaptation, and Oxidative Stress in Overweight Individuals

What do you think?


Cindy said...

No, I don't believe it's that simple, but evenif it is, it's only part of the story.

People, like me, that have trouble processing carbohydrates are constantly undergoing wide swings in blood sugar. Blood sugar goes up, insulin gets released, but because of insulin resistance more insulin is needed, which eventually causes the blood sugar to fall too low, causing cravings for more food.

Eating a high carb diet, like what is prescribed by most "experts" results in constant hunger and cravings. Following any calorie restriction is hard enough, adding in the blood sugar swings can make it impossible.

Sherrie said...

Hey Cindy!

I don't buy it either!

There are so many variables, 24 ppl? was this 24 ppl that would give them what they want?

I hate the whole calories in, calories out, I think it is soooo over simplified.

A couple of girls on the forum just increased their calories and increased their fat to protein ratio and *shrug* their losing weight. One of them even cut back a bit on her exercise!

If it was just purely eat less and exercise more then these girls should be putting on weight?

Sometimes I think things like that send off the wrong messaqge.

When I was losing my weight and stalling I'd always think I wasn't doing enough and would exercise even more, eat less and all I did was burn out. *shrug*

Anonymous said...

I don't believe its that simple either. We are all different and can't be lumped into a one diet fits all.
Eating carbs for a lot of people results in more cravings and hunger like Cindy said. The Diabetes Association wants diabetics to eat carbs but in smaller portions which will only result in extreme hunger and then binging! Not to mention it will just worsen their diabetes.

Sparky's Girl said...

I don't agree that it's that simple. Yes, calories make a difference, but not all calories are created equal. Neither are all people for that matter. Take a simple carbohydrate, like one of those 100 calorie packs of oreo thin crisps and compare it to say 100 calories worth of grilled chicken. If a calorie is a calorie, then it doesn't matter which I eat as long as I stay under a certain number. It just doesn't work that way. My body will use the chicken to nourish me, while the oreos would cause me to gain weight due to the jump in insulin production.

I lost weight quickly eating approx. 1800-2000 calories a day the last time I did Atkins. The last time I did a low-fat, high-carb program I ate roughly 1000-1500 a day and barly lost anything. I don't care what the studies say.. it doesn't work that way for everyone, expecially me.

Sherrie said...