Thursday, August 30, 2007

'Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show' Episode 82: Are Calories Consumed Really Indiscriminate?

Just when you think there's no hope for the next generation to understand important nutritional concepts, along comes a refreshing, information-hungry young student to challenge the status quo regarding calories. Check out this very perceptive question asked by a 6th-grader in a local newspaper in the Binghamton, New York area:

“Why do people get fat by not eating too much but by eating junk all day?”

Basically, the kid wants to know, “Why do people who eat MORE food and calories more often lose weight while some people who eat LESS food and calories in meals all at one time gain weight?” It goes to the very heart of the calories in, calories out myth we have long been told is absolutely, unequivocally true.


In Episode 82 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore," we actually hear an intelligent and well-informed response to this child's question from a graduate school student named Lina Begdache who is earning her PhD in Biological Sciences next year from Binghamton University in New York. Hear what she had to say by clicking on the "Play In Popup" link below or download it to your iPod to listen to today's podcast show:

icon for podpress  "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore" Episode 82 [14:07m]: Play in Popup | Download

Most medical and research students are being taught that there must be a caloric equalibrium established with the calories consumed versus calories expended in order to maintain and manage body weight. Burning more than consuming results in weight loss while burning less than consuming results in weight gain. Right?

Well, maybe not and the soon-to-be Dr. Begdache was brilliant in explaining why this oft-repeated "calories in, calories out" premise is dead wrong. She also provides some thought-provoking evidence that low-calorie diets are actually harmful to your health--which again flies in the face of conventional wisdom. You're gonna LOVE her answers!

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What's your take on Begdache's opinions about calories? Are calories consumed really indiscriminate as we have been led to believe? Or does the quality of the carbs and the frequency they are consumed count for something? Is it really all about "calories in, calories out?"

Discuss these questions and more in the show notes section of Episode 82 of "The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show with Jimmy Moore." What say you about these questions and do you agree that Lina Begdache did an outstanding job?

Speaking of the topic of calories, I can't wait for you to get your hands on a copy of the upcoming Knopf release by Gary Taubes called Good Calories, Bad Calories because he methodically deals with the traditional calorie theory and blows it completely out of the water. Click here to read my interview with him earlier this month and I'm working on doing a podcast show with Taubes after his book hits stores on September 25, 2007.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post. I've been off track thinking low-fat was the way to go again. Okay, so I really wanted to justify eating m&ms. It just lead to more fat, bad moods, and unstable blood sugar levels.

I'm back and thank goodness you're posting good articles still that can really be an inspiration to me.

8/31/2007 10:35 AM  
Blogger Jimmy Moore said...

Welcome back Meredith! Let me know how I can help.

8/31/2007 1:25 PM  

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