The Human Body Does Not Burn Calories!

Calories are not real, little, entities packaged up in foods ready to combust like a starter log in your fireplace.

Calories are an invented measurement of heat that comes off of food when it is burnt in a lab controlled environment in a computer run machine and sealed thermal detection chamber.

Using this model to judge the energetic out put and dynamic workings of the body is like judging the efficiency of a car by how hot the hood gets when it drives one mile… a building that is climate controlled, driven by a professional driver, on a multimillion dollar NASA designed track, using a mega computer to run the “drive.” THEN take that data and try and tell me it relates to how my 2010 Corolla runs compared to any other car on the market.

Your body does not burn calories, it builds energy.

Most of “burning” and breakdown of food comes down to a chemical reaction from the VERY STRONG stomach acid in your stomach. Once food is cooked, yes I said cooked, so all you raw foodies (which I am in favor of), just know even your raw veggies get cooked before you absorb them….anyway, once it is through the stomach most of the food is broken down to very small building blocks and raw materials of foods….mostly acids like amino acids, fatty acids, and much more.

​The idea that one gram of carbohydrate or protein will yield 4 calories and one gram of fat will yield 9 with alcohol giving 7 is meaningless to you and your body! To translate the lab calorie to your body’s energetic use, expenditure, reserve, or needs is WRONG.

WHY? Your body is not a closed linear system like the experiments in the lab and the law of thermodynamics would need.

Let’s look at another analogy. Wood. One pound of wood will burn and give off a certain amount of heat. That can be measured, tested, recorded and reported from a lab. Excellent, we know how much heat “energy” comes from one pound of wood.

Now, let’s talk about heating your house with a wood burning fireplace. Does the size of your fireplace play a role? How about the size of your house? Will a big capacity fireplace burn the wood differently or heat the house differently than a small one with that one pound of wood? What if there is a draft in the fireplace? What if the fireplace is insulated? What if the day is cold vs. hot? Will a pound of pine burn differently than a pound of oak? Will they burn at the same speed? Will they give off the same heat? What if I use paper in my fire, will that change how the wood burns? Or maybe lighter fluid? Will the wood burn differently if I stuff the fireplace full of logs or just burn one at a time? What about if there is a bunch of soot in my fireplace? What if the wood is wet? Or has moss on it? Or is green vs. aged? What if it a pressed, man made log vs. from a tree?

Don’t forget the other things we get from burning wood in our fireplace, are they effected? Do some woods burn cleaner than others? Produce toxic gas? Have less smoke? Less smell? Less light?

And THOSE my friend is just a few variables for burning wood! Never mind the ENDLESS variables there are in a biological model as complex as the human body.

AND the unit of energy is ALREADY formed in the wood. Not in food.

In your body you have to build that unit of energy in the form of ATP then send it to where it is needed to be used (or burnt if you must).

Different materials from the food you eat are used to build energy, namely sugar and fat. Others are used to repair the body and build tissue and when that happens they are NOT used for energy, amino acids (from proteins) and fatty acids (from fat).

Dietary sugars do not build or repair the body, they actually break it down….they burn hot, fast, smoky, leave residue, and are toxic. Especially fructose.

That being said there are some need and benefit from glyconutrients, but they are not sugars like in food (NOT glycated proteins either…those are what age us)…..but that is another topic.

Every single calorie study that has been published about, “calories in and calories out,” and weight has FAILED to show that the calculated additional dietary calories or reduction in daily calorie intake will predictably equate to the theorized amount of weight loss. As in a calorie deficit or surplus of 3,500 calories resulting is one pound of fat being gained or lost.

You get that? The calorie weight model has NEVER BEEN PROVEN!

Calories do NOT drive your metabolism. They DO NOT determine your weight or body composition.

Hormones do.

If you want to count something, count how many times you stimulate your fat storing hormone, INSULIN. Or how many times you stimulate your fat burning/muscle building hormone, Human Growth Hormone. OR count how often you stimulate your stress hormone Cortisol.

THAT is what drives your metabolism and builds fat or muscle or burns fat or muscle.

It is time to KILL the CALORIE! Continuing to use the calorie model for weight loss or metabolism WILL set you up for FAILURE. And failure in this sense means sickness, weight gain, and disease. More to come……

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Dan Wilson DC - July 1, 2016

Great read. Certainly has gotten me thinking differently. I am not a calorie counter nor do I subscribe to the calorie in-calorie out model but did not simplify it to hormone stimulation. A better way to explain weight loss to my patients who constantly try to starve themselves and lack any results. Keep up the good work!

    Dr. Don Clum - July 2, 2016

    Thank you Doc! Yes, they know the calorie model does not work, they have tried it over and over and only get marginal results and regain everything…..there is a better way, hormones! Dr. Don

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