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Should You Count Calories? (Enough Already!) – Thomas DeLauer
I’m going to shift the way that you look at calories forever. You see when it comes down to getting in the best shape. When it comes down to burning fat, there’s a couple of simple things that you have to understand, but first and foremost, we need to know what this is. This is five pounds of fat. All right? That equals 17,500 calories. That means that you need to be in a deficit of 17,500 calories to burn this much fat. So now, let me ask you a question. Does it matter whether you are in a calorie deficit over the course of one day or over the course of two days or maybe even over the course of a week? You see it really comes down to thermodynamics and how much calories in calories out, but over a different scale, not just over one day. You see so this is where we need to shift the paradigm as to how we look at things.
It doesn’t matter what you’re consuming over the course of one day. Why? Because your body doesn’t know what 24 hours is. That’s up here. You see we’ve developed a cognitive awareness of 24 hours. Twenty-four hours, in essence, is kind of this artificial manmade thing. We know the sun goes down, we know the moon comes up, we know it gets dark, all that we know what 24 hours is, but does our physiology truly know? I mean outside of our circadian rhythm, outside of our sleep-wake cycle, does our bioenergetics, is our body really know at 24 hours is? Let me make some sense of this.
You see if you look at consuming calories over the course of a day, you’re just assuming that we have this clock that resets at midnight, and our caloric needs reset to zero every midnight. That’s not the case. Our calories or ever revolving, whether we’re sleeping, whether it’s midnight, whether it’s 2:00 AM, we always have a need for calories, and we always need to be in somewhat of a deficit, but sometimes we’re going to be in a surplus and sometimes we’re going to be in a deficit. You see at the very minute that you are eating food, you’re going to surplus that very second, that very frozen point in time, of course, you’re in a surplus.
You are consuming more than you’re burning unless you’re maybe eating something that has so little calories that it doesn’t matter. If you were taking a bite of steak or taking a bite of a burrito at that very second time, you are in a caloric surplus. Does that mean that you’re getting fat? No. Okay, so when we look at it from the course of a day, it’s just as crazy. We are freezing this moment in time and we’re thinking that this is the end all be all for our calories. No, no, no. Back it up. Take a look through a wide lens for a second.
Think about it. Over the course of a few days, over the course of a week, stop measuring your calories daily, that’s just going to drive you crazy and all you’re doing is becoming a victim to all the self-proclaimed diet gurus that are out there that only look at studies and only look at this artificial breakdown of day in and day out. Honestly, this part just irks me.
What about bioenergetics? What about different catalysts that elicit more of a powerful metabolic response? Okay, now, sure I will give credit where credit is due. At the end of the day, calories in versus calories out do matter, but at what point do calories in versus calories out just cause you to die? If you were to go for a certain amount of time in a calorie deficit, you would obviously not function anymore, but at what point does fat gain start?
Does it start at 24 hours of a calorie surplus or does it start at three days of a calorie surplus or does it start at 90 seconds of a calorie surplus? It’s always occurring. It’s always a checks and balances, and if we didn’t have other hormonal factors, other catecholamine like adrenaline, epinephrine and stuff like that, factoring in, then that would mean that every time we eat food, we’re putting ourselves in this net gain of calories. You know what I’m saying? So we do have to factor in so many different things. For example, Glucagon.
Let me give you an example here. If you need 3000 calories just to maintain your weight every day, if that’s roughly what you figured your BMR is, that’s 21,000 calories over the course of a single week that you would be consuming to maintain the same weight. Okay, well let’s make things really simple. If you go one day where you fast, okay, that’s going to be roughly a 3000 calorie deficit. That’s almost a pound a week right there.
Calories in, calories out cannot be determined by a 24 hour man-made artificial period of time. Look at it through a wider lens and you’ll suddenly look at life through a wider lens and I promise you, you won’t be confined to this narrow-minded thinking that is making you miserable. I’ll see you in the next video.