Why the Calorie is NOT King

Today in the office I had the calorie conversation again . . . three times.  We have an entire society with a very influential health and fitness industry built around the almighty calorie.  Has it helped? Looking at our 5 year obesity outcomes.  It hasn’t helped a bit.  In fact, it is worse.  In 1985 only 19% of U.S. adults were obese.

Obesity 2011

U.S. Obesity Adult 2011

Obesity 2014

U.S. Adult Obesity 2014

In 2014, 34.5% of U.S. adults were obese.  The numbers this year are approaching 35.6%   You can see the dramatic increase in obesity by 1-3% every year for the last 5 years in the CDC images above.

For over 50 years we have been told that caloric restriction and fat restriction is the solution.  But by the numbers above, the 58 million people in the U.S. utilize a gym or health club to burn off those calories aren’t seeing the success that they should be expecting.

Why?  Because the calorie is NOT king.  What do I mean by that?  We don’t gain weight because of the thermogenic dogma we’ve been taught for the last 50 years.  Our weight gain is driven by a hormone response to food.   Hear more about why the calorie is NOT king on tonight’s PeriScope.  You can Katch it here with all the live stream comments and hearts at Katch.me/docmuscles.

Or you can watch the video without the comments here:

2 Comments on “Why the Calorie is NOT King

  1. Doc Nally I just listened to a periscope with Dr. Westman and jimmy. I am in weight loss mode and Dr. Westman mentioned that calories do count in weight loss mode. My guess is that you two have different thoughts regarding calories. I stay below 20 gms carbs protein 50-60gms and my fat very high. I had 5 tablespoon olive oil, 4 tablespoon of coconut oil and 2 tablespoon butter. I like to hear your thoughts. Thank you jodi

  2. Dr Nally,
    I commented on Laura Ingram’s Facebook page article about obesity. I did a quick mention of different “insulin” drivers for different people I mentioned your name and the .com address. The link popped up. 😮 Recommended she check you out. Afterwards I looked at the other comments before mine they were horrible, just horrible. She may have decided to remove the article. I tried to copy it and past it here but didn’t go across.

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