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It's a little too early for me to say that this book has been life-changing, but give me a couple more months to test things out and I might come back and make the declaration. Good Calories, Bad Calories is a book that proposes an alternative hypothesis as to the cause of our problem with obesity.

One thing to note before I get into my favorite excerpts. I am a pretty nerdy/scientific guy and this book was constantly putting me to sleep. It cited so many scientific studies that the bibliography at the back is over 70 pages long. Yes, certain parts of the book are boring, but it also makes the theories seem a bit more credible.

Here are my favorite excerpts:

1. "Insulin stimulates the transport of glucose into fat cells ... when insulin is secreted, or the level of insulin in the circulation is abnormally elevated, fat accumulates in the fat tissue."

My comments: What stimulates insulin secretion? Carbs.

2. "Our cells have the option of using fatty acids or glucose for fuel, but when surplus glucose is
available .... the fatty acids are swept into the fat tissue for later use"

My comments: That darned glucose makes it really tough to burn pre-existing fat.

3. "Fructose is converted more efficiently into glycerol phosphate than glucose ... fructose is considered the most lipogenic carbohydrate"

My comments: Click (here) and read the section on "Fructose Metabolism." Then ponder the fact that most of the sweets we eat/drink are either sucrose or high fructose corn syrup - both made up of glucose and fructose. Glucose induces the secretion of insulin and thus the promotion of fat accumulation. Fructose provides the glycerol phosphate necessary to make the triglycerides in our fat cells. It's a double whammy.

4. "Sylianos Nicolaidis had demostrated that rats will secrete insulin in response to the mere taste of a sweet substance, and it doesn't matter whether it is sugar or a no-calorie sugar substitute."

My comments: Good thing I stopped drinking diet coke a few months ago. I knew that stuff had to be bad for you somehow.

Click (here) to get your own copy. I highly recommend it. It'll take a while to read because you'll probably keep falling asleep. But it's well worth it.

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1 Response to "Good Calories, Bad Calories: A Review"

  1. Will Said,

    Funny, I have a friend who is much less geeky than I am and his answer to obesity has always been:

    "burn more than you eat"

    Even though I've read into the subject more, he is still in much better shape than I am.

    I guess sometimes the simple answer is the right answer.

    Posted on 2/25/08, 11:41 AM


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