Lifters, Dieters, Beware – Saying a Calorie is a Calorie is a Calorie is STUPID

Not all calories are created equal – The basic premise of weight loss and shredding fat is that you must consume LESS calories than what you spend on a daily basis. And if you want to gain weight you just do the opposite of that which means that a bodybuilder trying to bulk up will have to consume MORE calories than what he is spending on a daily basis.

All of that is true except most people who follow that often fail to take into consideration one thing:

The QUALITY of calories

Most false prophets would even say that “a calorie is just a calorie” and it’s the quantity that counts. These are the same people who would rigorously count all their calories per day to an insane level but will have little (at most) to show in terms of results either with their own body or with their client’s.

FYI: there arae 3 types of Macros in Nutrition 101: CHO (carbohydrates), CHON (Protein), Fats (wel. . fats) and obviously each give their own amount of calories but are different in chemical composition nonetheless.

Ok let’s say lifter or ballerina wants to lose weight to make it to his/her desired weight class then he/she figured that he must limit his daily intake to just 1500 calories (not an accurate example just trying to make a point).

But since most people would say that a calorie is a calorie then I guess it would make no difference for our ballerina to:

A) consume 1500 calories in form of cakes, doughnuts, cola, and fructose-poisoned junk foods

B) consume 1500 calories in form of fish-oil, eggs, animal fat, vegetables, brown rice and UNPROCESSED foods

Do you now see my point? Saying that a calorie is a calorie is just stupid.

Take a look at it this way: Let’s say a country needs 10 million in population to flourish. What if you send in 10 million unemployable slobs with shady backgrounds to migrate there? Or would you rather send in 10 million highly skilled people with clean records? With the former we would obviously be introducing liabilities and would lead the country to a barren wasteland while the latter would make the country flourish as a nation.

A calorie is not just a calorie. Each type of food affects the body in different ways depending on their structure and chemical composition. But since we’re not chemists we can just basically say that “real foods” beat “fake foods” any day of the week.

Most artificial shit you eat are gentically modified, how can you eat those manufactured garbage?

genetically modified HFCS


For instance protein takes up a lot of calories for the body to metabolize. So technically if you consume 1000 calories from protein – your body would actually only absorb 750 calories. The 250 calories was used by the body to metabolize the protein and convert it to energy.

Worthwhile researches:

Postprandial thermogenesis is increased 100% on a high-protein, low-fat diet versus a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet in healthy, young women.

Gluconeogenesis and energy expenditure after a high-protein, carbohydrate-free diet

Protein, weight management, and satiety

As you can see high protein diets are also effective because protein tends to make you full much faster, thus making you eat less. Plus bodybuilders wanting to gain muscle require lots of calories from protein. Do you think he would gain muscle mass by getting full from from doughnuts instead of meat, eggs, or milk?

Postprandial energy expenditure in whole-food and processed-food meals: implications for daily energy expenditure

Now that’s another study where they have proven that whole foods also require more energy to digest than processed foods:

Subjective satiation scores and postprandial energy expenditure were measured for 5-6 h after isoenergetic meals were ingested. The meals were either ‘whole’ or ‘processed’ cheese sandwiches; multi-grain bread and cheddar cheese were deemed whole, while white bread and processed cheese product were considered processed. Meals were comparable in terms of protein (15-20%), carbohydrate (40-50%), and fat (33-39%) composition. Subjects were healthy women (n=12) and men (n=5) studied in a crossover design. Results: There were no significant differences in satiety ratings after the two meals. Average energy expenditure for the WF meal (13± 14.1 kcal, 19.9% of meal energy) was significantly larger than for the PF (processed food) meal (73± 10.2 kcal, 10.7% of meal energy).

Conclusion: Ingestion of the particular PF (processed food) meal tested in this study decreases postprandial energy expenditure by nearly 50% compared with the isoenergetic WF (Whole food) meal. This reduction in daily energy expenditure has potential implications for diets comprised heavily of PFs and their associations with obesity.

That only proves our AboutLifting Principle that “real foods” beat “fake” foods anytime of the day, and any day of eternity.

Fructose-ridden foods: These days it’s very hard to find anything that doesn’t have the ingredient HFCS or high fructose corn syrup in the label. At first it sounds harmless but what is fructose anyways? Let me tell you what it is – it is what killed your grandpa who died of cancer. It is what made your fat ass cousin fat and it is what’s going to ruin your diet and your life for years to come.

Consuming fructose-sweetened, not glucose-sweetened, beverages increases visceral adiposity and lipids and decreases insulin sensitivity in overweight/obese humans.

That study indicated that fructose (from processed foods) can cause insulin resistance, abdominal fat gain, increased triglycerides, blood sugar and small, dense LDL compared to the exact same number of calories from glucose.



Fruits aren’t bad though – make no mistake here. Fruits are one of the best foods that you can eat but fructose as an added sugar is very, very dangerous but with fruits; you won’t be able to eat enough fruit to replicate the negative effects of artificial fructose. So go ahead and eat as much fruit as you wish! Anyways remember the rule: Fruits are REAL foods.

Those above reasons are just the tip of the iceberg but I know that you know that this all boils down to common sense and besides it has been carefully studied that the principle of “A calorie is a calorie” violates the second law of thermodynamics (I hope you read that paper – it’s a good one). Eat your eggs, people!

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