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Good Calories, Bad Calories

BigGreenTreeBigGreenTree Posts: 41
edited 4:04AM in Weight Loss Forum
I've been seeing a lot of posts about "healthy" foods in here lately... I thought I'd throw out a great book I read last year which has completely changed my perception on what "healthy" is.

Like most of you, I previously looked to the governmental recommendations about low fat, low cholesterol, etc. guidelines -- and what you hear from doctors. However, if you look back in history and the science that went into those guidelines, you'll find that ... there wasn't any real science involved! Politics and ego were highly involved, however.

The book is called Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes http://www.amazon.com/Good-Calories-Bad-Controversial-Science/dp/1400033462/ref=ed_oe_p. It's not a diet book, but a science history book that goes into great detail about the progression of science that has gone into both governmental recommendations as well as the obesity epidemic. It's not light reading, but it's highly persuasive and an incredible read.
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  • Great book.....

    If you're looking for a great blog on health and nutrition (see recent interview with Taubes) be sure to check out

    http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/
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  • Yup ! That's a great blog -- it's one of the RSS feeds I actually bother to stop and read when a new post pops up!
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  • Just finished reading Gary Taubes' new book, Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It. I was looking for more information, and found this old posting. The Eades blog looks really good. Thanks for the tip!
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  • This is an area that I have been involved in research, writing and personal experience.

    Let me know if I can be of any help.

    Regards,
    Professor K
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  • Thanks very much. Email sent.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 14,197
    Finally!  I'm like the FUTURE when Woody Allen wakes up in Sleeper!
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    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • mountaindewbassmountaindewbass Posts: 1,737
    Really good calories are ones that provide nutrition and dont keep you in that hunger mode. Bad calories offer you nothing and kerps you asking for more. Source=my mother(nutritionist)
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    i always found that i gained weight when i ate too much.

    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 17,103
    i probably dont eat much more than 1000 to 1500 calories a day on average,  its the drinking that does me in. i would have to stop eating to lose weight
    :D
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    friggin hidiet pills spamming like a boss.  picture ad and everything. hahaha


    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
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  • KristinnnKristinnn Posts: 133
    it was this book that ultimately led to me buying the egg
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 6,411
    i probably dont eat much more than 1000 to 1500 calories a day on average,  its the drinking that does me in. i would have to stop eating to lose weight
    :D

    +1-pick your poison down the oad!
    Louisville
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  • newegg13newegg13 Posts: 231
    i always found that i gained weight when i ate too much.


    +1 haha. =))
    Amateur Egger; professional rodeo clown. Birmingham, AL
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  • stikestike Posts: 15,597
    it's the truth.  i don't know how the human species has made it this far apparently not knowing how to eat.  thank god we were born in a period where we have people writing books that can teach us how to consume food properly without either starving, or becoming morbidly obese.  that sweet spot, where a person eats when they are hungry, and doesn't eat when they aren't hungry, and only eats what their lifestyle requires, is a tricky one, from what i understand.

    pro tip:  don't under eat.  don't over eat.  eat decent food. 
    :))
    he said tongue half in cheek
    ed egli avea del cul fatto trombetta -Dante
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  • ccpoulin1ccpoulin1 Posts: 389
    so true, but for me moderation is my problem!  I read books like this for reinforcement ( AND TO KEEP ME IN A 20 LB WINDOW OF WEIGHT :D)

    "You are who you are when nobody is looking"

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  • BadongBadong Posts: 126
    I'm reading The Paleo Solution by Rob Wolf.  Looks like a winner so far.
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  • ratcheerratcheer Posts: 189
    edited August 2012
    I am on a self-modified version of the Atkins Diet. I eat all I want to eat. I have cut out sugar and refined carbs. I minimize things such as rice, potatoes, and sweet potatoes. I have lost 19 pounds since Easter.

    I say that sugar, gluten, and refined starches are "bad" calories.

    Tim
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  • BaysidebobBaysidebob Posts: 489
    I go on the wagon and loose 15 lbs in no time.  This only happens once or twice a year.  What this world needs is low calorie alcohol.
    My actuary says I'm dead.
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  • i probably dont eat much more than 1000 to 1500 calories a day on average,  its the drinking that does me in. i would have to stop eating to lose weight
    :D

    amen

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  • It sounds like we got a bunch of alcoholics on here lol
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  • KristinnnKristinnn Posts: 133
    I go on the wagon and loose 15 lbs in no time.  This only happens once or twice a year.  What this world needs is low calorie alcohol.
    exactly right.. hard to quit!  im on day 7 no alcohol. lol ..
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  • psalzerpsalzer Posts: 106
    I too do the modified Atkins...very little bread, rice,potato etc...a salad with most meals, drink a lot of water.....no junk food. Fortunately I drink very little alcohol and have learned that exercise is easy once you get in the habit. I have lost about 18 pounds since the first of the year.
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  • SteveWPBFLSteveWPBFL Posts: 1,272
    I know for sure that IPA = GOOD calories!

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  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,913
    it's the truth.  i don't know how the human species has made it this far apparently not knowing how to eat.  thank god we were born in a period where we have people writing books that can teach us how to consume food properly without either starving, or becoming morbidly obese.  that sweet spot, where a person eats when they are hungry, and doesn't eat when they aren't hungry, and only eats what their lifestyle requires, is a tricky one, from what i understand.

    pro tip:  don't under eat.  don't over eat.  eat decent food. 
    :))
    he said tongue half in cheek
    Lots of books? Assuming they know how to read.

    I say everything in moderation including food from the Egg.
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  • bud812bud812 Posts: 1,421
    It sounds like we got a bunch of alcoholics on here lol

    BURPPPPPP. Excuse me but I need a beer now, it's after 5:00.  (A.M.)

    Not to get technical, but according to chemistry alcohol is a solution...

    Large & Small BGE

    Stockton Ca.

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  • I think that adult beverages are required Egging, right?
    In the  Hinterlands between Cumming and Gainesville, GA
    Med BGE, Weber Kettle, Weber Smokey Joe, Brinkman Dual Zone, Weber Genesis Gas Grill and portable gasser for boating
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  • I just had some awesome calories for lunch:


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  • I just had some awesome calories for lunch:


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    PORN   !!!! :D
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  • I just had some awesome calories for lunch:


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    PORN   !!!! :D
    yeah- that's from J. Mueller's here in Austin. great spot. I'm going there tomorrow for lunch for sure.......or maybe Franklin's if I can find a muse to go with me.



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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,410
    Say it ain't so. That is food porn.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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