Does Counting Calories Help?- stop counting calories if you want to lose weight (2019)

Does Counting Calories Help?- stop counting calories if you want to lose weight (2019)

September 29, 2019 16 By Jose Scott


Hi guys, it’s Jacob Nadav from BellyProof.com
I’m here in London, it’s rainy outside and I thought I’d use the time to make a little
video, sit by the window, get a bit of fresh air and explain to you why I think you shouldn’t
worry about calories One of the most frequent questions I kept
getting when I did my own body transformation is how many calories did I eat? You might be asking the right guy but I think
you’re asking the wrong question. Because I don’t know. What is a calorie? I don’t think calories are relevant, sorry! Obviously, this got me into weird conversations,
even with fitness professionals because they kept asking me that. “What do you mean? Calories deficit. Eat less, train more… etc…”. And I’ll explain: The very basic thing we’re told about weight
loss is that you need to burn more calories than you take in, or in other words, creating
a calorie deficit. Besides counting calories, we also have the
concept of high metabolism, low metabolism and your BMR which means calories burnt at
rest. This may sound simple. Work hard to burn more calories, eat less
to get less calories in and ideally from high quality food to get all the vitamins, minerals
etc in order to keep your metabolism high. Nice and simple. But is it? Here’s some other stuff we know: We know body fat breaks into free fatty acids
in what’s called fat breaking or Lipolysis We know low glycogen, exercise, lack of sleep,
poor gut health and too much stress all produce Cortisol and that excess Cortisol makes us
store fat. Ironically, we also know that low glycogen
& exercise are conditions to help us burn fat. We know that the breaking of fat tissue happens
primarily with adrenaline & growth hormone, which you get more of when you recruit muscle
fibers from type 2b. Unless your Insulin levels are too high at the time, because Insulin interferes with growth hormone production and is directly associated
with storing fat. We know the pancreas triggers Insulin secretion
when it senses a rise in blood sugar and it is influenced by insulin resistance, insulin
sensitivity, fasted states and more. We know glycemic index, measures how fast
certain foods raises blood sugar, and that Insulin helps us clear that blood sugar by
activating glucose transponders on fat cells. We know belly fat has unique properties like
restricted blood flow, high amount of cortisol receptors and high amount of Alpha-2 Receptors
which makes it stubborn to lose than the rest of our body fat. Importantly, we know alpha-2 receptors can’t
be inhibited while insulin is high, slowing down the breakdown of fat tissue in the belly
compared to rest of the body. We know that aerobic activity burns fat, when
it has been broken. And burn glycogen, and water, when it hasn’t. We can cover other stuff from testosterone
and estrogen to your thyroid and probiotics but I think just looking at the wonderful
mess in-front of you, you can now begin to understand that calories are as real as..
well.. unicorns. They might do if you’re just taking your first
steps into fitness, but seriously, counting calories is like waving a flag saying you
still believe in the tooth fairy. You know, because it’s so much easier to believe
in a simple idea than to question how it fits into the evidence we have. Unfortunately, that belief in calories and
ignorance of hormonal reactions have no place if you are serious about proper weight loss
and belly fat. Let’s make it more interesting, let’s assume
the scientific evidence don’t exist and revert back to counting calories. Do the numbers even add up? They told you that every pound of fat equals
3,500 calories. So in essence they ask you to look at the
food you eat and the calories it contains, vs the exercise you do and the calories you
burn. This is really nice as it maintains the illusion
that you can actually count that, but what they forgot to tell you is that you can’t
actually count it and here’s why: First it’s how we measure the calories we
take in. The legal margin of error for food labeling
is 20% and in many cases the margin of error is much bigger. So, that means those 1000 calories you were
planning to eat today, might in fact be 20% or higher (ie. 1200+) so you can’t rely on
what it says on the pack. Second, there is not a single accurate way
to measure the calories burnt in exercise. You can guess it or estimate it. You can have a machine estimate it for you
or even your new digital wrist band but unfortunately you can’t really count it. So, counting calories? Surprise! It’s impossible to count calories (but well
done for guessing). The other thing is that those calories you
think you’ve just eaten don’t always absorb the same way. -Sometime your food turns to energy, what
you like to call calories. -then some times, the very same food end up
in your stool.. and unless you count the calories in your poop… -Other times, food doesn’t absorb in your
gut like it should, which can inflame your gastrointestinal tract, bloat you and release
a ton of cortisol into your system. Even if that food was low calories – it can
lead to less recovery and more fat gain if it goes through that process. Think this is bad? Stay with me:
If I gave you two products, both 50g each. One of them contains 450 Calories, the other
one contains only 200 calories. You’d assume the higher calories product
will make you fatter. Right? At the same time, most of you know for that
eating low carbs can be a great starting point for weight loss. And here’s the problem. Fat is 9 calories per gram, and carbs are
4 calories per gram. Multiplied by 50g and you get the quoted numbers
of 450g vs 200g respectively. So if you know that diets which are low carb
high fat, are indeed good for weight loss, you have to understand that you’re talking
about a higher calorie diet. High calories and weight loss?! Huh? Isn’t that the exact opposite of what they
told you? And what about low calorie drinks like diet
soda. They have no calories – how dare they defy
the system and make us fat? See what I mean? Let’s go a bit deeper into the roots:
Ever heard the term Glycemic Index? Most of the research into high GI low GI was
done in the context of diabetics and pre-diabetics, looking at blood sugar and insulin resistance. It’s kind of like two people arguing about
white bread VS brown bread until a third person comes along and says ‘Well, bread. Maybe you shouldn’t eat bread.’ Seems there are 3 sides to every story, which
is why it’s hardly surprising that many bodybuilders often have pre-diabetic signs like decreased
insulin sensitivity, considering they eat 6-8 meals a day but they will tell you it is to
keep high metabolism by ingesting food constantly. Sure. And it’s quite interesting to see where a
lot of this research is coming from because a lot of it is funded by companies who want
to sell you food. So let’s pause for a second and think, what
are calories, who came up with that? So yes, calories: We use them to measure the
energy stored in food. If you look a little bit deeper you’d find
out that they were originally used to measure the energy needed to heat 1 gram of water
by 1 degree Celsius. Yes – this is what is a calorie, water heating
measurement. Now, is it at all possible that by measuring
the energy in food which dates back two centuries, and then making all those massive conclusions
towards weight loss we got a bit carried away? How carried away? Well, probably one the biggest examples is
Starvation Mode or the fear of your body slowing down metabolism, storing fat and degrading
muscle tissue. This has long been proved wrong, both in the
Minnesota Starvation study in the 1950s and more recently, in 1992, in a military research
led by Karl E Freidl. If you went ahead on a course to become a
personal trainer or a nutritionist, you would still be taught… today, that Starvation Mode
is a real thing and you should be scared of it because it’ll slow down your metabolism,
you’ll pack on fat and you’ll lose muscle and you’d be a mess! Now starvation mode does exist but it’s a
very extreme state. But that doesn’t bother the fitness industry
which still teaches people it’s just around the corner. What do I mean? Well one of the
things most associated with starvation mode is the concept of breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the
day, you shouldn’t skip breakfast! Why? Because it’ll slow down your metabolism! What it metabolism? Oh, wait I don’t know! See, there is a lot of money in the food industry
and and it does affect what you hear. Who said skipping breakfast is such a bad
idea? Is it possible we are influenced by food advertising,
trying to convenience us we should never go hungry because being a little hungry is a horrible thing.
At least according to the tooth fairy! If you’ve done intermittent fasting then hopefully
you know what I’m talking about Look at it like that, who do we resemble more? Mechanical constructs, like a car, or living
constructs like mammals? Well I can say for a fact that while you may
not be a whale or a cheetah, you’re most definitely, not a car. And of course when you look at nature a cheetah
or a lion wakes up everyday to breakfast. Beans on toast… or cereals. Ha.. they wish. They wake up hungry and hunt. By the way, hunting, is intense physical exercise,
and nobody hunts if they don’t need to. More so, most animals in nature, once they
feed they rest. They don’t feed and then say ;oh, I need
to work out because I’m going to lose muscle’. So yeah, animals do intense physical exercise better whether it’s working out hard or whether it’s hunting…
when they are hungry! My very last point is that the while you can
confidently say good nutrition and good exercise are important, the mainstream theories don’t
always add up. There are plenty of examples of lean people
who don’t get enough deep sleep. become hungry and eat a ton of calories and
yet stay lean. Some of them even went to the extreme of food
challenges like the 10,000 calories challange in one sitting. What you might call a cheat day. Look at them, most of them… they are not obese, they are not fat. On the other hand, there are many individuals
that gain weight almost regardless of what they do. The smallest piece of cake and their world
is upside down and many of them will admit that people have the audacity to call them
lazy despite eating well and training. It doesn’t mean it’s genetics and it doesn’t
mean they can’t improve the way they work but it does mean that the assumption that
it’s just about calories is false. When we eat better and train and it doesn’t
work, we tend to blame it on genetics and metabolism, we “fat shame” and call people lazy,
And more often than not say “oh it’s just motivation, just keep going
train harder” Go on the same sort of thinking that never
got us far in the first place. Maybe we shouldn’t obsess about the calories
if things don’t add up. Maybe we should also look at other ideas. There are a lot more good points to be made
here, but please take a second and think about it. Why is it so trendy to talk about calories
and metabolism? This is a dead-end conversation that doesn’t
actually factors for the biological processes that take place. Why not talk about the biological processes
instead, and how to optimize them? Why whenever something doesn’t add up with
calories do people tend to bring up ‘oh it must be a low metabolism or high metabolism’? Metabolism is the sum of all biochemical reactions
in the body. So, this is the concept of talking about metabolism,
or the sum of all reactions, without understanding the reactions themselves. I want to put some things in perspective. Look, If you’ve never done any fitness in
your life, you’re obese, you’re eating for a family of 5 and you’re eating junk
food, sure! Maybe you can eat less and train harder and
you’d lose weight, I have no problem with that. But if you’re trying to get serious, you
can’t talk about maximum weight loss by counting calories. And I’ll say more than that. If you’re reducing the human body to calories
in – calories out then you are doing it a pretty grave misjustice. The body is far, far more complex than that. Look, we don’t know everything. Science doesn’t know everything, I don’t
know everything.. but we know a lot! We know calories don’t count for most of
the biological processes. We know macros are a better way to
quantify food and I absolutely agree you need to quantify food. You can’t eat as much as you want from whatever,
that’s not what I’m saying. You do need to quantify food but why use calories
when you can use macros? I think we should stop over-simplifying things
if I’m honest. I think we’re way over simplifying, we’re
saying “oh, you want to lose weight? It’s just about the way you look, just eat
less and train harder. Be in a calorie deficit”. You can’t really take the human body and
reduce it to calories in and calories out. There’s a bit more to the story. Now, I’m going to put some info down the
page and look, guys, feel free to ask me anything. I’m here, I’m not anonymous in any way. This is me, I don’t claim to know everything. I think if you ask me good questions I will
research and I will come back to you with an answer. That’s it from me. Hope it was helpful and have a lovely day!