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    Nope . . . not this one . . . actually Doctor Gott claims to be the creator of the easiest diet in the world with his no sugar, no flour diet. But i was thinking . . .


    Isn't the EASIEST diet in the world where you simply eat WHATEVER you want while making sure that you don't exceed the required calorie amount based on basal metabolism + activity?


    So . . . if you're daily caloric requirement is (let's say) 3000 cal/day you could eat a 300 calorie primal breakfast then got to McDonald's for lunch and shove a double quarter-pounder with cheese (740 calories) and a large fry (500 calories) down your throat . . . and still have room for two slices of Domino's large, deep dish Philly Steak Pizza (413 calories a slice) at dinner.


    Obviously there's a nutritional issue with all this . . . are you getting the best in minerals, vitamins and other nutrients? Well, maybe not the best . . . but I think it is certainly adequate for a modern human.


    Yeah . . . but what about fat, carbs and protein? Doesn't matter all that much, does it? You're getting plenty of all three and even if one or two are out of whack . . . you won't gain weight as long as you're eating less than your daily caloric requirement.


    In fact, with a 3000 daily caloric requirement, you will still lose one pound of fat on this diet every week (approximately).


    Obviously, I am not recommending this fast food approach but my point is that I just don't understand why people are concerned about macronutrients and the type of food (grains, flous, sugar, etc) as long as they are controlling caloric intake?


    Any help clarifying this greatly appreciated!


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    because it's not all about calories. and calories in/out isn't a set thing anyway... what you eat affects how many calories you burn by affecting metabolism on a cellular level.


    and calories in/calories out does not explain how i couldn't lose any more weight on a 1200 calorie/day diet while exercising (low fat, high carb)... but when i switched to primal and started eating more fat, fewer carbs, and a lot more calories (1600-2000+)/day, i lost 6-8 pounds in the first couple weeks. not exercising at all (recovering from surgery).


    it's so much more complicated than calories in / calories out... and you have a LOT of reading to do if you are honestly curious! Have fun clicking around!

    Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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      Since going primal I have not counted a single calorie. I think it's irrelevant. I've lost over 100lbs by just eating as much as I want of the right things and following the PB. It's about quality, not quantity.

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        Word, Roger. I no longer count too.... but the few times I record my food out of curiosity, I'm almost always above my "basal metabolic rate" of 1600ish. Sometimes I can eat 3000 in a day... haha.

        Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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          I will admit, I still count, but not obsessively like I used to.


          I used to weigh, calculate and record every calorie.


          Now I sort of eyeball, estimate and forget. :P

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            I definitely don't count calories ... haven't done that since I was like 18, haha. Though, I kinda wonder about the whole "basal metabolic rate" thing, most of the sites ... does that include simple activities like walking up 3 flights of stairs a couple times a day (as many of us do for school, work), and other everyday stuff?

            If so, how does it account for the differences in physical activity levels between individuals?

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              I think calories do matter... over the last two weeks I've been eating more 3,000 calories a day (500 grams above maintenance) in an effort to bulk up and I got very fat. And my carbs were relatively low at 100-150...

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                Raphael, I think calories definitely matter to some degree, but... "calories matter" isn&#39;t the same as saying "calories in / calories out is ALL that matters."

                Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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                  i dont count calories. calorie in calorie out is a myth. a calorie is not a calorie. 100 calories of dietary fructose is not a 100 calories of dietary fat (obviously). they are simply not metabolized the same way by the liver and other organs infact fructose isnt used by any organs and is processed by the liver into body fat almost only. and yet people will think, for eg, lets see a 750 calorie chocolate shake from jack in the box or a 750 calorie prime rib in my calorie count. they are both 750 calories but they are completely different! not that any PBers here would think that way since they know better but some people do not unfortunately.

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                    Poor food choices will harm your health. Reduction in insulin sensitivity, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, mental disorders etc. You don&#39;t have to be overweight or obese for these things to happen. Non primal food also leads to intense cravings and possible binging, why would anyone want that?


                    Yes, it is all about calories in and calories out at the end of the day. That amount varies because the body strives to maintain a setpoint fat/weight level by adjusting hormones and increasing/decreasing the metabolic rate. It&#39;s easy to lose weight on a primal diet because it&#39;s hard to overeat when the intense cravings aren&#39;t there.

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                      I believe it&#39;s kind of a hybrid reality, like everything else. I&#39;ve tried being extremely restrictive (800 a day, zone-ish macronutrient ratios) to extremely low carb and not caring about calories at all (i went all out primal last august ate like crazy for a month). Of course, I lost weight eating 800 a day and gained eating like a starved wolf. That&#39;s one thing that kinda gets me about everyone saying they eat with abandon -- it didn&#39;t work for me. But the thing was, on the low cal diet I was sick and moody all the time, lost my period, etc etc. The turning point came when I realized I needed to eat for health, not for looks. Having been at both extremes I&#39;m now able to find a happy medium between strict calories in/calories out and total bacon frenzy. I do count calories, but just because I know myself and that works for me. But I don&#39;t keep them unreasonably low and eat primally to the best of my ability.

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                        I agree with bogusjourney-its about finding what works best for you.

                        I&#39;ve gottten tired of the chronic cardio, low fat regimen, and I&#39;ve gained weight eating to satisfaction with zc, high fat (while others have succeeded with this). Each person is different, and there&#39;s a bit of trial and error involved in finding the best way of eating.


                        That being said, we should be aiming for health. If you try eating fast food consistently, weight/calorie balance won&#39;be be your biggest problem. (There&#39;s also energy level, immune system, mood to consider..)

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                          I think I&#39;m better off not counting calories or trying to determine calorie burn during exercise, but watching carb intake and portion size. That&#39;s the biggest thing for me. I maintain or lose weight when I am mindful of portions and eat intuitively (i.e. if I don&#39;t feel like it then I don&#39;t and somedays I eat more). Eating intuitively and calorie counting clash for me.


                          Calorie counting just leads me to be anal retentive and obsessive about my food. Ugh.

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                            When I&#39;ve counted calories in the past, I&#39;ve found myself eating more processed food. I didn&#39;t lose any weight, & to be honest, I felt like crap. Since counting carbs, which isn&#39;t hard in the slightest as long as I stay away from grains, I feel fabulous, I&#39;m not hungry all the time, & the food I&#39;m eating is generally made from fresh, whole foods.


                            Ironically, because LIVESTRONG.com counts both carbs & calories, in keeping my carbs under 100, I&#39;m far below my allotment for calories, & obviously, I&#39;m losing weight. But I honestly can&#39;t imagine eating more than I already am! Eggs, bacon, salad, chicken, roasted veggies... why would I want a quarter-pounder with cheese anyways?

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                              I think for the most part counting calories won&#39;t do much for you unless you&#39;re trying to really "go against" your natural body type. Like if you&#39;re trying to build more muscle than you&#39;d naturally have, then counting calories would help you out. Personally I eat primal and don&#39;t count calories, and I loosely follow how many carbs I have which tends to stay below 100g and I&#39;ve been doing good so far. So I&#39;m a firm believer it&#39;s the foods you eat, rather than the quantity.

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