Posts Tagged 'calories'

Do calories matter?

Do calories matter?

In a word, yes.  But, technically this is the wrong question.  The correct question is probably closer to, “What is the impact of the calories I consume on my body’s ability to store fat versus burn fat?

The immediate follow-up question to some variant of this first question is, “Should I be counting calories?” In a word, no. But you’ll want to read this post fully to qualify that answer.

Before I answer these important questions, let’s spend a few moments reviewing ...

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Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Invariably I get asked the question, “If carbohydrates are so bad, why did [so-and-so] lose weight on the [such-and-such] diet?”, where “such-and-such” diet is not a “low-carb” diet. Obviously, this is an important question and a pretty complex one.

There are several layers to this and, frankly, there are some things we can’t fully explain – I’ll always acknowledge this. That said, many of the successes (at least weight-wise, though hopefully by now you realize there is much more to health ...

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Why we get fat (video)

Part one of the interview I did for Open Water Source – although I talk about many topics that will interest non-swimmers and non-athletes. (View the other videos in this series.)

Transcript:

Open Water Source: Peter, in layman’s terms, can you describe the current debate in nutrition regarding why we get fat?

Peter Attia, MD: Sure. This is probably one of the most ...

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You are not what you eat

You are not what you eat

You are what you eat, right?  How many times have you heard this?  I’d need scientific notation to actually enumerate the number of times I’ve heard this statement or one like it.  I certainly spent most of my life believing this, too, without ever questioning it. In fact, this you-are-what-you-eat dogma plays a significant role in our misguided belief that fat is bad for us.

So let’s examine this “dogma” and let’s use an average person as an example:

  • Assume you consume ...
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