The energy in food and beverages available for the body's use is not fixed or uniform for everyone due to absorption and routing differences.
Surprisingly! - Processed foods are making us gain weight much faster than the same equal calories of natural foods. The nutrients we eat and drink and the calories they carry cannot vanish, but they can be redirected to other non-energy, "non-countable." purposes.
- The portion of food dedicated to tissue regeneration varies depending on the body's requirements and diet quality and quantity. The rest is converted into energy and fat and influences body weight. Surprisingly! - Processed foods make us gain weight much faster than the same equal calories of natural foods. Not all calories are equal.
- When you refuel your car, you know how much energy you will get (driving range). When a person eats and drinks, some food (by analogy) enters the oil tank and is intended for maintenance - but the proportions change!
Since the routing of food between the two primary uses (tissue building and maintenance, as opposed to available energy and fat accumulation) is not fixed and differs from person to person, it is inaccurate to sum the calories in food and beverages.
The negative calories idea, with a completely different approach.
The idea that negative calories exist is not new and usually refers to foods for digestion that require more calories than the food carries. My hypothesis is entirely different.
- The new trend for slimming by testing intestinal bacteria and adapting foods accordingly is based on similar principles of improved absorption of nutrients suitable for tissue regeneration and long-term maintenance. (Without a comprehensive theory to explain how it works.)
- Digestion of food is just one of a series of processes that require energy for regular consumption. (Such as maintaining body heat) We usually eat and drink various foods together. Therefore, this approach to the energy invested in digesting food and beverages is impractical.
To illustrate the principle, let's take, for example, a fresh vegetable salad with vinegar, lemon, and lots of olive oil.
- The oil lubricates the intestinal walls and the dietary fiber in the salad; in the presence of probiotic bacteria, the intestinal walls are renewed. The many calories found in oil have not disappeared! (Energy conservation laws do not allow energy and matter to disappear.) but have changed shape and become tissue. The result is that less food is converted into available energy and/or accumulation of fatty tissue. The effect is even more significant because the intestinal walls that allow good absorption of nutrients will enable the liver to synthesize more proteins and fats for tissue renewal in many other places in our body.
- It is enough to create a rerouting of 5% of the food you consume for purposes other than energy so that your body weight will decrease over time, and with it, your health will improve.
Each food and drink has two digestive routing options.
- To become available energy for immediate exploitation. (Or fat storage.) "Counted as calories."
- To be used for building tissues and long-term maintenance. "Not counted as available calories."
The nutrients we eat and the calories they carry cannot disappear, but they can be redirected to other non-energy purposes. The digestive routing process is significant for our overall health and appearance and for maintaining our body's optimal weight.
Unlike humans, the oil in the vehicle is not counted as energy intended to propel the car.
The ability to redirect food to the "virtual oil tank" that is not counted as calories is significant.
The food routed into the oil tank is intended for body maintenance and tissue regeneration; it is not considered energy!
- The food is simultaneously used for body maintenance (engine oil) and energy production. But you can probably change the proportions! (Less energy and more maintenance.)
- Cars have separate oil tanks designed to lubricate the engine, so we do not consider oil as available energy. The human body has a similar need for natural emulsified oils/fats for maintenance, but there is no separate container; it uses a mechanism of routing the required nutrients and is suitable for regeneration. Long-term care and tissue regeneration are not utilized as available energy as in a vehicle.
The insulin hormone (produced in the pancreas) plays a significant role in the dynamic routing of food and beverages.
The insulin hormone: Link: Insulin (Wikipedia)
- It is considered to be the primary anabolic hormone of the body. It regulates the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and protein. (Wikipedia)
- It regulates the levels of nutrients turned into energy. Higher energy production leaves fewer nutrients for tissue regeneration.
Better digestion improves the ability to absorb nutrients and increases the body's ability to regenerate tissues, which aids in weight loss.
The calorie routing method is based on optimizing the digestive system.
The digestive system easily absorbs moist, easily digestible food mixed with dietary fiber, oils, and natural fats in the presence of probiotic bacteria. If the digestive system is too acidic, it is prone to the proliferation of pathogens that interfere with the absorption of food. The strengthening of the liver that produces the bile fluid significantly affects the digestive system's absorption.
Macronutrients suitable and needed for regeneration or long-term maintenance processes are not "counted as calories."
- Nutrients are suitable and needed for regeneration, and long-term "maintenance" are emulsified.
- Better carried by dietary fiber. (The absorbance of the emulsified nutrients requires the exact types and amounts of gut bacteria.)
- The remainder goes into producing short-term energy and fat storage.
Everything done to improve digestion and absorption of food will help us optimize the absorption of nutrients required for tissue renewal and indirectly help us lose weight faster!
Routing Calories Intake - Flowchart.
The digestive system "decision-making" process flowchart:
- Are the nutrients ingested suitable for the regeneration of tissue and long-term maintenance? Appropriate nutrients for regeneration are emulsified. (They are better absorbed with dietary fiber.)
- Insulin spike is low if the nutrients contain all the required materials.
- All nutrients are designated as available energy or stored fat – insulin spikes contribute to a higher feeling of satiety.
- Does the body need these suitable nutrients for regeneration?
- If suitable nutrients are needed, they will be absorbed and converted (mainly by the liver into other proteins and fats the body needs and distributed to all organs and systems. (The body "does not count" these calories.)
- Although suitable for building tissue and tissue maintenance, unneeded nutrients will also be turned into available energy or fat. (but with lower insulin response.)
Findings that support my hypothesis.
I noticed that food intake does not explain my frequent weight changes. As a liver cirrhosis patient, my tissue damage was massive.
- When I started to inquire how that could be possible, all my research pointed out that caloric intake is more than just adding up numbers. Amazingly, no one has suggested another theory.
- The Wake Forest research cited above shows that monkeys fed different fat types, but the same calories have different weight gain outcomes. So it should be clear that the dictum "a calorie is a calorie" is wrong.
- The Harvard University Research cited above comes to the same conclusion. But again, without proposing an alternative theory.
- Studies indicate that trans-fats raise insulin levels much higher than natural fats. The same effect occurs with artificial fructose. (Found in soft drinks)
- Many specialists consider the insulin hormone (secreted by the pancreas) one of the main reasons our body triggers fat storage.
- When eating moist starch (like rice) with small quantities of natural fat (like olive oil or Ghee), the insulin response is much lower than eating rice separately.
Short background and essential findings that support this theory.
Basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate of energy expenditure per unit of time at rest.
- "A calorie is a calorie" is a tautology used to convey that the "calorie" concept is sufficient to describe the food's energy content. The phrase means that regardless of a food calorie's form (carbohydrate, protein, or fat), such a calorie's energetic value is identical.
The Trans-fat diet monkeys research. (Wikipedia)
- In 2007, Wake Forest University researchers published a report on a six-year longitudinal study. They fed two groups of monkeys the same number of calories and the exact amounts of dietary fat, the only difference being that one group was provided foods higher in trans-fat. The high trans-fat subjects gained 30% more belly fat than the low trans-fat subjects. The researchers concluded that the type of calories consumed does affect body weight.
Harvard University Research (Wikipedia)
- In 2011, a group of Harvard University researchers published a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that followed 120,877 highly educated men and women for 12 to 20 years. "The study's lead author concluded in an interview that trying to count calories and lose weight would be futile unless one is examining the kinds of calories consumed.
The findings above suggest that the tautology "A calorie is a calorie" is incorrect. (So, how can we explain these findings?)
- Computing the caloric intake of food and beverages by merely adding up calories (according to their caloric value) does not explain what happens when that food is digested.
Current methods of computing food and beverages' calorie intake are inaccurate.
The calculation errors of the existing method accumulate. They are not eliminated with reverse deviations over time.
- You must subtract all the nutrients not utilized for energy consumption or divide the BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) into the two main categories mentioned above.
- Not all calories are equal. The "calorie is a calorie" tautology is wrong.
Calculating the caloric intake of food more accurately is possible through simulations.
- Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) should be divided into two major processes ("Long-term maintenance" and energy & fat) and not regarded as one. I believe better estimates of caloric intake will be made if this methodology is employed.
- This might also better explain the significant variance in BMR found in studies. The claim that variation is due to fat-free body mass might be erroneous as fat tissue does not need regeneration.
The energy conservation laws do not allow energy to be lost. Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR) should be split into its two primary components: (Per time-unit )
- Available and immediate energy + accumulated fat.
- Energy is directed toward tissue regeneration and long-term maintenance.
Surprisingly! - Processed foods make us gain weight much faster than the same equal calories of natural foods.
Quantitative illustration of caloric routing. (Simple, realistic example.)
Suppose a woman eats, in both cases, the same 2,000 calories a day, only in a completely different composition:
- A varied menu containing only natural organic food.
- Only Industrialized and highly processed food and beverages.
Industrialized and processed foods are often unsuitable for tissue regeneration but only for energy production.
- In this example, industrialized foods generate more calories in 5% of daily intake than natural and non-processed foods, as fewer nutrients are routed to tissue regeneration.
The 100-calorie gap (5 percent of 2000 calories a day) can accumulate as excess fat (equivalent to 12.5 grams of fat a day of about (375 grams a month and 4.5 kilograms a year!) with a much faster aging process. (Due to slow tissue regeneration.)
Calories in the lab and the human body are not identical; therefore, calories can not be summed up!
Take, for example, identical twins and give them the same calories but with different compositions. Assuming they have the same activities, will they necessarily get the same amount of calories?
- The answer is "not necessarily." The explanation stems from the fact that their tissue renewal requirements are not the same, and their gut flora is not the same. Different absorption of nutrients resulting from diverse intestinal gut flora and other needs for tissue renewal may lead to different routing of nutrients to non-caloric needs.
- These discoveries are reflected in an existing technology called the "fecal transplant," which contradicts the common thought that all calories are equal.
Calories in the lab are not the same as calories within the human body.
Test the seeming tautology "Calorie is a calorie - no matter where it comes from"?
The experiment I propose is not complicated or expensive, but the food industry is not interested in research that could harm it. Many regulatory bodies have the resources and ability to conduct such research.
- We will sample pairs of identical twins (women and men) of the same height and weight (age is necessarily the same) and ensure they perform similar activities in the laboratory. The pairs of twins to be sampled will receive different foods; some will receive industrialized and processed foods and some natural foods with identical caloric values. Accurate weighing over time will prove my argument that calories in the human body are not the same as those in a laboratory.
The implementation of the "Routing of calorie intake" idea.
- Eat only natural, moist foods and beverages. (Preferably organic and not genetically modified.)
- By adding plenty of moist dietary fiber with fermented products. (such as goat yogurt.) It will improve the absorbance of nutrients through the intestinal walls.
- Consuming a large variety of food and beverages. (It increases the chances that these nutrients are needed for regeneration.)
- Adding suitable natural emulsifiers or small quantities of natural oils & fats. Like olive oil, Ghee butter, avocado, and homemade natural sauces. (All natural sauces are suitable emulsifiers.)
- Lemon, vinegar, olive oil, Ghee, mustard, honey, avocado, and egg yolk are excellent emulsifiers mixed with oils/fats. No wonder sauces are made of them!
- Reducing the consumption of acidic foods for the intestines, especially meat, poultry, and various cheeses. It is especially essential not to combine with starches. The combination is very acidic for the intestines.
- Strengthening of the liver and improving the amount of production of bile:
- Regular drinking of natural juices (not too sweet)
- Regular drinking (preferably daily on an empty stomach) apple cider vinegar with lemon juice and olive oil.
- Periodic detoxification of the liver and kidneys.
Summary, conclusions, and recommendations.
Every food and beverage has two options for routing within the digestive system.
- To become available energy for immediate exploitation. (Or fat storage.)
- To be used for building tissues & long-term maintenance.
The nutrients we eat and the calories they carry cannot disappear, but they can be redirected to other non-energy purposes. This routing process has tremendous significance for our overall health, appearance, and maintaining optimal weight for our body.
Calculating the caloric intake of food more accurately is possible through simulations.
- In the way of thinking, I propose it will not be correct to summarize calories as it exists today. It will be necessary to calculate (indirectly) the efficiency of the body and arrive at estimates, which will give much more reliable figures than the existing methods.
Implementing the "Routing of calorie intake" idea is based on optimizing digestion and nutrient absorption.
Testing the seeming tautology "Calorie is a calorie - no matter where it comes from is essential. (Methodology proposed)
All existing methods of caloric calculations are inaccurate. It is desirable to apply a method consistent with the actions performed by the human body.
To illustrate the principle, let's take, for example, a fresh vegetable salad with vinegar, lemon, and lots of olive oil. The oil lubricates the intestinal walls and the dietary fiber in the salad; in the presence of probiotic bacteria, the intestinal walls are renewed. The many calories found in oil have not disappeared! (The laws of energy conservation do not allow energy and matter to disappear) but have changed shape and become tissue. The result is that less food is converted into available energy and/or accumulation of fatty tissue. The effect is even more significant because the intestinal walls that allow good absorption of nutrients will enable the liver to synthesize more proteins and fats for tissue renewal in many other places in our body.