Why the Calorie is Broken

I’m kind of pissed at the scientific community for not coming up with something better.

Source: Why the calorie is broken

The problem with many weight loss attempts is that people ‘go on diets’ instead of ‘changing their diet’.  You have to change your diet for weight loss to be effective and stick.

No Need to Argue About Calories vs Nutritional Quality: Both Matter

I come across it all the time. Angry folks who claim that when it comes to weight and/or health, calories don’t matter at all and that what really matters is the quality or types of foods, or the folks who claim that the quality or types of foods don’t matter at all, it just comes down to calories.

It’s both of course.

Source: The False Dichotomy Between Food

For 99% of overweight people, they can make much greater progress by just focusing on quantity control. This is a fact. Once they get healthy (and if you can afford it) then you can start to focus on quality. The problem is with the paleo nutjobs who say “oh it’s paleo, I can eat a ton of it” about stuff like “natural” honey, etc. When in reality eating lots of honey is no better than eating a lot of sugar.

Some Food Labels Could Be Overestimating Calorie Counts

The method most commonly used to assess the number of calories in foods is flawed, overestimating the energy provided to the body by proteins, nuts and foods high in fiber by as much as 25 percent, some nutrition experts say.

“The amount of calories a person gets from protein and fiber are overstated,” said Geoffrey Livesey, the head of Independent Nutrition Logic, a nutrition consulting company in Britain, and a nutrition consultant to the United Nations. “This is especially misleading for those on a high-protein, high-fiber diet, or for diabetics” who must limit their intake of carbohydrates.

An adult aiming to take in 2,000 calories a day on a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet may actually be consuming several hundred calories less, he and other experts said. Calorie estimates for junk foods, particularly processed carbohydrates, are more accurate.

Source: On Food Labels, Calorie Miscounts

Part of the problem is that calories are traditionally measured by burning food and measuring how much energy it takes to get the food to boil water (basically, it operates under the assumption humans are steam engines).

There’s been scientific papers for years pointing out that calorie counts are not accurate, and that even relying on them for any measure of health even when they are accurate may be completely irrelevant to human health.

Laughing Burns How Many Calories?

What about tickling?  I want to know about tickling.

Buchowski and colleagues from Vanderbilt University in Nashville recruited 31 males and 63 females aged 18–34 years to participate in the study. All participants were tested in friend pairs because laughter is far more likely to occur in social contexts and more likely to occur among friends than among strangers. The study was conducted in a whole-room indirect calorimeter (which measures the heat created by those inside) equipped with an acoustic recording system.

For 90 min, each pair viewed a series of film clips selected to evoke either a laughing response or a neutral response. The film clips aimed at evoking a neutral response included boring documentaries on England’s landscape and the like.

Source: How Many Calories Do You Burn By Laughing?

I need a study where I can watch various clips – Monty Python, Faulty Towers, Black Adder, Seinfeld, The Office, Arrested Development, QI , Archer, Venture Bros… the list goes on and on.