A calorie is not a calorie. And here’s the reason why

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7 comments on “A calorie is not a calorie. And here’s the reason why
  1. avatar sonia berry says:

    Hi, i think what you say makes perfect sense, But its so hard to get the low calorie diet out of your system

  2. avatar Jason says:

    I know all this works. Done it, been there. But how can you live without bread and salted butter, chips, crisps etc. It definitely works in the short term but in the long term we almost always give in to those cravings. sadly.

  3. avatar Lee Phillips says:

    The slide for mother nature states a 10/30/60 carb/fat/protein split (I’m assuming % calories from). OK fair enough from lean meat/fish sources. But surely this is not reasonable to follow as a diet as the fat content seems too low. Are you just making the point about what you get by adding Mother Nature’s average composition?

    I’ve been doing about 15/35/60 carb/fat/protein % calorie split as a more realistic cost effective diet based on 1g protein per lb of lean body mass. Is this reasonable given that I want to include eggs and dairy? I do love my Gold top milk and eggy/milky, sugar-free puddings.

  4. avatar hilary dickson says:

    I lost 3lbs in the first five days,after a week of beingon plan2 I have put the 3lbs back on. As far as i am aware i have been doing it right,whats going on.

    • avatar Andy says:

      Difficult to give you specific reasons, Hilary, without knowing your history and seeing your food diary. Try going back to Ph1, keep an accurate food diary then move onto PH2 introducing one food group at a time. Pop into the club for general support. Andy

  5. avatar sean says:

    Hi – great stuff, but having said calories don’t matter, why have you given ms Mother Nature 200 fewer calories – is this not mixed messages? big fan of your approach and this seems like a perfect reason for people (like me) to pick holes in it. Cheers

    • avatar sean says:

      I think I am misunderstanding the slide, sorry, I guess I need to read the book to understand how the ‘yield’ is arrived at :) But it might be worth looking at how this is all explained on the ‘pulling it all together’ slide…if only for the hard of thinking like me. Good news is, I am back in listening mode. Off to have some pork chops.

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