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Posted by Hazel Oliver
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on Friday, 20 April 2012
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Why Calories-In vs Calories-Out Doesn't Work

The general concept that all you need to do to lose weight is simple, eat less. This protocol is based on the idea of "calories-in V calories -out", which suggest that the amount of body fat you have is directly related to the amount of food that you eat or how active you are, e.g. eat less or burn more calories and hey presto you will lose fat. However the calories-in V calories-out forgets to take into consideration the complex working of the human body, the vast amounts of chemical reactions that take place in the body every second, the effect on how the body extracts nutrients and minerals from ingested foods, as every food digests differently, they have different molecular structures, so they therefore breakdown at different times and ways.

The body also acts as a transport system, carrying fluids, blood, oxygen, stores, drainage etc, so what you consume effects the systems of your body - respiratory, cardio vascular, lymphatic, digestive, dermal, urinary, endocrine, musculoskeletal and the liver, from all the food you consume. Now the liver isn't a true system I know but it has to work extremely hard, extracting the goodness and excreting the toxins from what you consume, it is the hub of all organs..

The Calorie was invented in 1824 as a measurement of heat

" 1 calorie is equal to the amount of heat required to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1 degree C"

So the measuring of how much heat is given off, determines the calorie content of foods, Really!!...

Most slimming clubs focus on calories.. rather than quality foods (remember organic were possible, creating healthy cells, healthy organs, healthy systems, therefore healthy bodies).

They say as long as you keep under a certain number of calories that you should lose weight and be healthy. Really !!...So on that thinking, the average men and women should consume no more than 1800-2000 calories per day. This means that the average women should be able to live healthy!! on 6.5 Mars Bars a day without gaining weight - you know this just isn't true

Most slimming clubs companies would have you believe that to lose weight you need to restrict calorie intake below your daily energy requirement. Let's look at the maths-

1lb of body fat equals approximately 3500 calories, therefore to achieve a healthy weight loss of what they say 1-2 lbs per week by you simply need to reduce your calories by 3500-7000 per week. So on average women are currently eating 3000 calories per day, this means she is gaining weight at roughly 3 lbs per week.

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