The biggest misconception about calories is to think (for example) eating a 500-calorie meal means that you now have 500 calories on your body. This is far from what happens. Let’s look and see what happens when calories interact with our bodies.Read more
This may seem like an odd question to consider, but are you predator or prey?
To answer this question, I want you to take a moment and think about an animal that is a predator (most people pick lions, tigers, wolfs, cheetahs, or sharks). Once you have a picture of the predator in your mind, I then I want you to think about an animal that is prey (once again, most people pick cows, buffalo, antelope, deer or smaller game like chickens or rabbits).
When you think about these two different classes of animals, you can see that they are clearly different. As you picture these animals in your mind, here is what you might have noticed:
The predators have eyes in the front of their heads. Most animals that hunt have eyes in the front of their heads (think about your tigers, sharks and lions). But even animals like monkeys, apes, and rats have eyes in the front of their head because they have to search out their food.
Prey, on the other hand, have eyes on the sides of their heads (deer, chickens, rabbits…). Animals that are prey have to look out for attacks and need a fuller view of the world than those that are hunting. Most prey don’t have to look too far for their food, they graze on what is below their feet (grasses).
Most predators are skinny because they eat fat and protein.
Most prey are fat because they eat carbohydrates (grasses).Read more
I get this question all the time, “how much protein should I be eating?”
While most of us think it is hard to get enough protein, the opposite is actually true. In our modern day world, it is easy to get enough protein. This protein myth is a hard one to get over and one that is deeply embedded in our culture.
If you look at recommendations from various health organizations, here is what you get:
The world health organization suggests that most people need somewhere between 30-45 grams of protein a day.
The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) suggests a little bit more (somewhere around 45-55 grams of protein a day).
While I’m not in the habit of agreeing with national and international health organizations, this time I’m on their side. We need far less protein than we think we need.
Both of those recommendations are in stark contrast to what Americans actually eat; we eat around 90 to 200 grams of protein every day. What is crazy is that even though most people eat double the amount of protein that is recommended, they still run out to the health food store and look for protein powders to increase their protein intake.Read more
Ultimately there are only three ways to lose weight:
The first is to eat less calories than you burn: This method (which I call the starvation method) will work for a while, but since your brain uses so much your energy, you go crazy with cravings when you limit your calories (especially if you are still eating sugars or foods that act like sugars). And this is the method that will drive you crazy with calculating calories in verses calories out.
The second is to stop producing fat: You can accomplish this by limiting the amount of fructose you take in your body. Remember that fructose (which shows up in soda, fruit, fruit juices, table sugar, and anything with high fructose corn syrup) is what makes fat – not eating fat. You also have to remember that table sugar (sucrose) is one-half fructose – so, yes, you have to avRead more
I’ve said it enough if you read this blog and, I think to be healthy, we should only be eating meat and vegetables (and the occasional low-sugar fruit). So you will often find me agreeing with much of what low-carb diets are saying.Read more
Wheat has changed dramatically from the time when it was a wild grain to today. We know this because we have found grains with ancient human civilizations and they look nothing like modern wheat. The most dramatic evidence came from the so-called Iceman who not only was carrying an ancient grain calledRead more
Have you ever wondered which is worse: fat or sugar?
You have probably heard that carbohydrates can lead to weight gain (and this might lead you to think that sugar is worse) but you may have also heard that fat can lead to weight gain (and this may lead you thinking fat is worse). With these two thoughts in your head you can find yourself bouncing from a low-fat diet to a low-carb diet and then back to a low-fat diet.
If you are feeling confused about which is worse (fat or sugar) you are not alone.Read more
This question comes across my desk quite often: which is better, a low-carb or a high-carb diet?
Because I am so squarely against sugar and foods that act like sugar people assume that I’m automatically in the low-carb diet group. It is almost as if people think that there are only two ways lose weight, you either go with the low-carb (and high fat and protein) crowd, or you go with high-carb (and low fat and protein) crowd. Both of these groups miss the point altogether.Read more