I'm about to start a massive fight with folks, but let's talk about it first. Calories in vs. calories out for fat and muscle levels is NOT the only thing to be concerned about. Chemistry is essential. Does the body respond to 2000 calories of lemonade in the same manner as it does to 2000 calories of vodka? No, that's ridiculous, but it's all the evidence you need to recognize that certain things cause different reactions in the body. Too many individuals believe that everyone has the same internal chemistry. Everyone on the planet has a physique that does not function exactly like the person sitting next to you on the opposite side of the planet.
Similarly, if we are all the same, why do peanuts kill some individuals but not others? Why do some people adhere to a diet plan to the letter but fail to achieve the same outcomes as others? I see a lot of patients come into the office on various diets that are centered on calories rather than chemistry, and these folks are unhappy and not accomplishing their goals. Calories exist, and we must account for them. That is not the point of my argument. My point is that different substances are required by different persons.
I believe the "calories are all that matter" craze began when people saw fantastic results on mesomorphs and assumed everyone else was the same, so suck it up, be devoted, and simply eat less. Oh, you didn't drop the weight by dieting. It's got to be your fault. You must improve, stick to the plan, and exercise more. No, the person who wrote your diet did not correctly complete the chemical component. Now, reducing the last 3% to get on stage requires a masterful cut plan that often restricts calories.
It is, however, still placed in a restricted macro set. Before you give up, research somatotype and hormones. You will discover a way to your goals if you can locate the path to your chemistry. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't be helped or damaged because you don't fit in the box. You must figure out your box, but that is mostly why we are here.
As always if you have any questions, please send them to Questions@ChalmersWellness.com
The Chalmers Wellness Stubstack just launched. Comment, Like, and Interact with other people on their wellness journey. Communities can make a difference. DrChalmers.substack.com
Dr. Matt Chalmers
Disclaimer: This content is for informational purposes only. Before taking any action based on this information you should first consult with your physician or health care provider. This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions regarding a medical condition, your health, or wellness.