Smash the Fat Calorie Debate!
Edited and Updated post recording ;-)
Well, we didn't get to chat as much about calories per se as I'd thought, but it was a nice discussion nonetheless, I believe.
Sam is a good sport even though he knows I've been critical of his calorie experiments and even encouraged folks to come check out these posts: That 5000 Calorie Jokesperiment and Low Carb Circus Acts, for example. In some ways I'm frustrated a bit because Sam's schtick is objectively of the calories don't count variety. Further, his first experiment was specifically about not gaining weight overeating a low carb diet, so there's a bit of evasive maneuvering going on IMO. However he is not alone in this -- Exhibit A being Jonathan Bailor -- in dialing it back when discussing it with a critic. So of course calories count, and I'm not sure how well I articulated it (note to self: don't schedule morning interviews just in case you are on crap sleep!!) but I do think I made some inroads on the idea of the biochem being the same in all people.
Some things I mentioned in the interview (I may add more and pin the comment to the top of the list rather than edit in as that seems to revert links to opening in the same window unless I manually change it.)
The Dansinger study, and the tweet about it. The "forgotten" diet comparison study.
Adherence, not diet formulation, predicts weight loss at 1 year. From 1st diet comparison RCT Dansinger 2005 JAMA pic.twitter.com/FSYVRubO0I
— Evelyn (@CarbSane) June 20, 2014
Where to start with links to Shai diet comparison trial, but the Teicholz Shai'ster series is a good one!
Nina Tei¢holz, Shai'ster ~ Part I: The Diets of Shai et.al. and Extrapolating from Weight Loss Studies
And one of the original posts that started it all: Gary Taube$, Shai-ster
The Ebbeling study: What we really learn from Ebbeling et.al.
The NuSI study: Calories ... and Taubes, NuSI, Ludwig & Co.
On Calories In:
More on Calories: A Gallon of Gas is NOT A Gallon of Gas? ... And Other Silly Thermodenyic Arguments