Calorie Density, Average Calorie Density, and Total Calories — 5 Comments

  1. Great stuff. Will be following you for sure! Calories matter. Always. However it is a very individualized approach. There is a most definite hormonal factor that has not been looked at enough IMHO. There are bodytypes that are naturally lean and muscular and for them eating excessive calories is next to impossible. Not saying it doesn’t happen but it appears that their caloric threshold may be higher. This is also why many seem not to agree when they go WFPB. They tend to eat les calorie density foods, cleaner foods that also allow their digestive system to get more efficient and last but not least improve their Gut microbiome. They have effectively reduced caloric intake but still feel satiated.

  2. Absolutely on point. I think some people are volume eaters. I am one of them. I was addicted to eating huge volumes of food as well as being a binge eater (so eating a LOT of food in a short period of time). I managed to liberate myself from the binge eating however the volume of the food I am eating is much harder to tackle. I like to feel full, but my “full” is obviously a lot more full than other people’s full. I get the feeling that volume eaters form the core group of people who find it harder to lose weight eating “all you like from the left hand side”. “All you like” is SUCH a subjective term! What “I” like and what someone else likes (volume and ingredient wise) are two very different things. Where someone who doesn’t have to watch the calorie density of their food choices can eat a lot of greens and relatively few starches, my preference is for starches supplemented by greens so I am naturally going to gravitate towards a higher calorie density intake although I am still eating from the left hand side of the equation and throw in the volume of the food that I eat and you can see why I have found it hard to lose weight. I eat one meal a day now. I like to eat a very large meal and so I limit it to once a day. I have added in more low calorie dense veggies and now my weight loss is still slow but steady. Since I started incorporating these changes, I have managed to lose weight more accurately and efficiently than I ever did before whilst being fully satisfied (volume wise and ingredient wise) with my simple diet. I could eat like this for the rest of my life most happily and THAT is the secret to ongoing weight management. Being happy with your lot. Anyone can lose weight by eating that cabbage soup diet for 6 weeks but just try keeping on going with it. Sustainable weightloss comes from satiety and the ability to eat food that both fills you nutritionally and satisfies you in all other aspects. Finding wfpbno balance is entirely specific to each person and that’s what makes it very important to do your homework, find what you personally can and can’t do/eat and adopt it wholeheartedly into the future. I know that I am going to be able to maintain a far lower adult weight than I have ever managed to keep and maintain in the past now, solely because I have made sure that this way of eating is totally customised to my personal preferences and what I love to eat. It works but it only happened when I was able to count calories and work out what was working for me and what wasn’t. If I hadn’t counted the calories (albeit vaguely), I would not be losing weight and would still be stagnating (despite eating everything on the left hand side of the equation) and would likely have given up by now and gone back to eating my old way in frustration. This really does work.

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  4. This is such a great post! I am in agreement with both you and Dr Marc Hellerstein: calories *do* count. I have no doubt I could eat to the left of the calorie density line and still pack in enough potatoes to gain weight. I don’t count calories strictly but I am aware of them and sort of keep a mental daily total. I recently rewatched your interview with Chef AJ and also her interview with Dr Dr Hellerstein. Both of you are brilliant!

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