The "Calorie is a Calorie" tautology is wrong!

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Processed foods are making us gain weight much faster than the same equal calories of natural foods. To lose weight, one must eat natural food!

Processed foods vs. Natural foods.

Surprisingly! - Processed foods are making us gain weight much faster than the same equal calories of natural foods.

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! Thus, all caloric calculations are inaccurate.


The negative calorie idea has an entirely new Interpretation.

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.

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 conservation of energy 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.


Every food and beverage has two options for routing within the digestive system.

  1. To become available energy for immediate exploitation. (Or fat storage.) "Counted as calories."
  2. To be used for building tissues & long-term maintenance. "Not counted as calories."

The nutrients we eat & 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.


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:

  1. A varied menu containing only natural organic food.
  2. 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 daily of about 375 grams monthly and 4.5 kilograms yearly)! With a much faster aging process. (Due to slow tissue regeneration.)


Continue reading: Calories cannot disappear but can be redirected as being uncounted.

Eating only natural, moist, unprocessed foods containing dietary fiber and natural oils/fats or sauces with good live bacteria makes it possible to redirect some nutrients to other non-energy purposes.
Frequently asked questions and answers:
Can calories disappear?
The energy conservation laws of physics do not allow energy and matter to disappear.
Has the fact that not all calories are equal been observed in clinical trials?
Not all calories are equal have been observed, but researchers have been careful not to draw any definitive conclusions.
If the deviation in the caloric calculation, as you present, is about 5%, then it is pretty marginal.
If the deviation is in both directions, then the deviation is offset and insignificant. In our case, the deviation is mostly cumulative and is of great medical and caloric significance over time.
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Not all calories are equivalent—The "Calorie is a Calorie" tautology is wrong!
1. Why do the composition of foods and beverages, timing, and origin (natural versus processed and industrialized) impact body weight?
Existing caloric calculations (as well as various measures) do not consider the interaction between different foods. But in reality, we usually eat all kinds of foods and drinks together, which affects energy routing.
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1. The most suitable answer is answer number 1.
The amount of energy in food and beverages available for the body's use is not fixed and is not uniform for everyone! The "calorie is a calorie" tautology is wrong.
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