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Not all Calories are created Equal (part 2)
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

There’s a 200-calorie difference per day – that’s a difference of 1400 calories per week or 5600 calories per month!

Now here is a topic that is NEVER discussed: HORMONAL RESPONSE to food consumption. Anything ingested is considered a drug, and drugs create responses.

§  Carbs cause the pancreas to release insulin = storage of calories (storage will take place either in the liver, muscles, or fat cells)

§  Protein causes the pancreas to release glucagon = release (burn) of calories

So then why does everyone focus on calories, counting, how much this, how much that? I believe it’s something that everyone can relate to – simple and straightforward. It’s just like when someone comes to buy training. The first thing they ask is “How much does it cost?” They want to know because money is something they can understand – a common denominator. Sometimes, potential clients will ask about cost to determine if they’re getting a “good deal.” But you can’t compare apples and oranges. Other programs might not take measurements, usually just use machines, don’t explain foam rolling, don’t do a functional movement screen, don’t cover nutrition at any point, and may not be led by fully-credentialed and certified trainers. Problem: the value doesn’t exist, yet OUR COMPANY is being compared to another based on money alone, not VALUE or RESULTS … it’s just a common denominator. The same happens with calories. Unfortunately, IT’S NOT THAT SIMPLE!

I’m not going to delve into this too much, but the assumption that mostly EVERYONE is making, is that everything you eat is absorbed.

Imagine that you’re just getting over being sick. You had to take some antibiotics to get healthy, and in the process destroyed all the GOOD healthy bacteria that are necessary for digestion and absorption. Compare this person lacking healthy bacteria vs. someone who has been taking supplements and food that promote healthy bacteria. They are not getting the same calories and nutrients out of the food. Here’s another way to look at it. Two kids are in a class, identical in every way. One is blindfolded and has earplugs in during class the other has no restraints of any sort. After 12 weeks of school, do you think they walk away with the same knowledge? NOPE.

Consider this:

Michael Phelps was eating 12,000Kcal/day. How did he not turn into an anchor?

Before we answer that question, let’s first do some math… 165lbs. His resting metabolic rate (RMR) was probably somewhere around 2000Kcal/day. Competitive swimming burns about 860Kcal/hr.

§  6 hours of swimming per day = 5,160Kcal/day

§  RMR + 6 hours swimming = 7,160Kcal burned each day

§  12,000Kcal/day eaten – 7,160Kcal/day burned = 4,840Kcal surplus

It takes roughly 3,500 calories to equal one pound of fat. Since there was a surplus of calories, why didn’t he gain about one pound a day?

It had a lot to do with that swimming in cold water stimulates brown fat cells, plus Phelps took cold baths to help with muscle recovery. Your body doesn’t like to be cold and it costs ENERGY or CALORIES to heat it back up. Just like if your house is cold, you don’t heat it up for free, it costs money. Well, in the body, it costs calories. It also had a lot to do with E.PO.C. and Recovery, but that is another blog in itself!

If only all calories were created equal, more “experts” would know what the heck is going on. QUALITY OF FOOD AND EXERCISE is far more critical. Need I say more?


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