I am currently reading The Calorie Myth by Jonathon Bailor, a book that preaches my dietary philosophy to a tee.
Jonathon writes about how eating more, in particular, high quality whole foods, does not make you fat. He contends quite the contrary – that when we eat more, our set point makes us burn more, constantly keeping us at equilibrium, not causing us to gain weight.
Here is an excerpt that I found highly informative:
Eating more low-quality processed foods causes us to gain body fat. But that does not mean eating more high-quality whole foods produces the same result. Interestingly enough, eating more of the right foods has been clinically proved to help us burn fat over the long term.
Consider the evidence:
- A study at the University of Connecticut found that people in the eat-more-high-quality-food group ate 300 more calories per day and burned more body fat.
- A study at the University of Pennsylvania found that people in the eat-more-high-quality-food group ate a total of 9,500 more calories over six months and lost 200 per cent more weight.
- A study published in Obesity Research found that people in the eat-more-high-quality-food group ate a total of 25,000 more calories over three months without gaining any additional weight.
- A study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health found that people in the eat-more-high-quality-food group ate a total of 65,000 more calories over four months and lost 141 per cent more weight.
Why? Bailor explains, as I believe, that not all calories are equal. It is the quality of our food, not the quantity, that matters.
So next time you pick up your fork to stuff yourself of processed, low quality foods, think again. Up the quality of your food and up the quality of your life – and watch your weight improve.
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