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Old 08-28-2007, 01:02 PM   #1
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Question Calorie in/Calorie out

With all the talk about obesity in the last couple of days, I've been reading up on weight loss and dieting. The most common thing I've read so far is calorie deficit, burn more calories than you consume and you'll lose weight.

But I found an old thread where Larry Lindenman made a very good point:
"100 calories from table sugar will effect you different than 100 calories from vegetables"

So my question is this: Is it really the calorie deficit that we should focus on?? OR, is it the nutritional value in what we eat that's more important?

From what I've read, it appears that some of you are skeptical about the calorie in/calorie out thing, I'd like some more insight. Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Old 08-28-2007, 01:15 PM   #2
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Re: Calorie in/Calorie out

Check out these posts on Crossfit Vancouver's site. (WFS)

http://www.crossfit.ca/index.php/Mai...lorie_part_11/
http://www.crossfit.ca/index.php/Mai...alorie_part_2/

These 2 articles address exactly what you're asking here. Might not have all the answers but good reads none the less.
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Old 08-28-2007, 02:57 PM   #3
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Re: Calorie in/Calorie out

Chris,

Thanks for the reply, but for some reason the link won't open...neither will Crossfit Vancouver's website. Any other place I can get that article???
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Old 08-28-2007, 03:42 PM   #4
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Re: Calorie in/Calorie out

My experience is that the composition of those calories matter a LOT. More than anything else, actually. My theory is that 'clean' food means all the components that make up that food can be 'disassembled' and the nutients used quickly, and the waste products sent down the drain fast...'dirty' food take breaks down less efficiently, creates more 'gunk' in the machine, and slows the removal of waste products. Getting enough fiber in the food you eat, getting enough quality fats and protein, etc, makes all the difference.
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Re: Calorie in/Calorie out

Direct link to the word docs.

http://www.crossfit.ca/site/images/u..._Vancouver.doc
http://www.crossfit.ca/site/images/u..._Vancouver.doc

hopefully those work, otherwise you can find them on the main page of www.crossfit.ca

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Old 08-29-2007, 09:23 AM   #6
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Re: Calorie in/Calorie out

The calories you put in are not just "burned off". It's not like gasoline.

Those calories are metabolized. That means that for every heat/energy component you get out of the calorie, there is a nutrition/structure component your body also tries to extract from the calorie.

Food is fuel, but it also building material.

You want to make your body out of crap, you are going to have a crap body.

Sugar is all fuel. No bricks and mortar. And in addition to being a poor fuel, it tends to be taken in large amount, which our body then typically stores as fat becasue it can't handle a high level in the blood.

Now, heavy training can help you avoid the "sugar to fat" part, but how will you recover with no materials for the repairs?

As with many things in life, quality and quantity go hand in hand, and must be balanced to achieve your goals.
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Re: Calorie in/Calorie out

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