Do Calories Count… More or Less: Part 2

sam_scaleCalories, the word conjures a multitude of emotions, confusion for one.

Calories = the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one kilogram of water by one degree Celsius

Confusion.

I few months back I did a post about Sam Feltman, a British personal trainer who gets his high kicks by turning his body into an experiment in caloric intake.

Sam ate the exact same whole foods every day (fish, steak, fruit veggies, eggs, and nuts… so many nuts). This diet equalled to 5794 calories per day. After 21 days Sam had gained a little over 3 pounds.

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This was not belly fat, his waist shrunk by about 1 inch. Adjusting for the caloric surplus Sam should have gained 16.5 pounds.

Confusion.

Around 2000 of those calories came straight from cooked nuts which raises questions about energy accessibility of fiber dense foods. Still, an interesting self experiment, and 2.5 pounds of muscle? That is it?

 

Sam Feltman has been a busy Brit since then, mostly trying to get well intentioned and overly gimmicky Smash the Fat System in to the media lime light.*

Goofy.

*The diet science seems sound, I just do not think it is productive to use the term ‘bootcamp’ in regards to fitness. When it comes to exercise, moving should be fun.

No fun, no move.

sam_bcMore fun, more move.

Sam has undergone another 21 day calorie experiment. A dramatization of the standard British diet.

“For this next 21 day experiment I will be eating 1 calorie less a day than last time at 5,793 calories a day of cereal, bread, pasta, sugary drinks and chocolate.”

Also a lot of fat free yogurt. Ya know, for the probiotics.

The results are more in line with what the USDA and Soda Companie’s tell me is supposed to happen. Sam packed on 16 pounds and 3.5 inches to his waist…. of fat

sam_1 This can not be called science; it is an unreviewed study of one young man.

Had it been an experiment with a larger group of people, it would have been unethical, because 5,793 calories of processed foods would have yielded a larger group of people.

Real food in, real humans out. Fake food in…. you get the point.

Let’s all eat some almond butter by the spoon full and test this logic.

With cinnamon

and salt.

O wow. I am going to find an apple.

apple-and-almond-butter-420x420_0Count Dracula, not calories.

 

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