Galesburg Register-Mail from Galesburg, Illinois on June 28, 1973 · Page 17
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Gajesburg RegiMtfrMail, Galesburg,HI, ,, r Thursdayy June 28, 1973 17 . dk lam /family * Mm i tin i ii i HI 11 i Yes, Dear Reader, Calories Do Count By LAWRENCE LAMB, M.D. Dear Dr. Lamb — I read recently that if you were on a crash diet program (or several weeks, where your food intake and cabriie intake is extremely low, your body becomes attuned to burning pure calories. Then as soon ®s you begin to eat normally, regardless of what you eat, you gain weight. By normally I do not mean going back to your old eating habits, because I know that; would make you gain all over again. Also, I would like to know if calories are really important or not. For example, does a piece of cake and ia piece of lean meat, containing the, same amount of calories, have the sarnie effect on your body as far as maintaining your weight is concerned. Dear Reader — Whenever you sharply decrease your calorie intake the body metabolism shuts down, decreasing the calories used and the rate of weight loss. This is nature's mechanism of enabling man to survive when food, is not abundant. If you are lost in the Arctic, this can be rather bandy. It's not so bandy if you are dieting to lose weight. When the metabolism is shut down the energy level is zilch. To help counteract this, if you want to lose weight, it is better to maintain an active physical program which stimulates your metabolism. For a good sensible weight control program you should decrease 4he calories only a reasonable amount and increase your physical activity. This, will enable you to eat a good, normal, healthy diet while losing weight slowly. You need to develop nutrition' habits, to keep the excess fat off, not just simply to lose it. Now, about regaining weight after you've stopped the diet .This is particularly apt to hap* [pen on the low carbohydrate diets, such as the recently popularized Atkins' diet or its preceding versions, such as Tall 1 ' er's "Calories Don't Count,' the erroneously called Air Force Diet or Mayo's Diet. Much of the initial weight loss on low carbohydrated diets is from loss of water. The kidneys lose needed body salt and war ter, not just fat. This sometimes causes weakness. When [you resume eating a more normal diet to Include important carbohydrate sources, such as vegetables, cereals, raw fruits, or even milk, the body chemis try returns to normal level and you regain the normal sal |and water. This rapid weighl loss that's been evident on the 1 scales, and sometimes evident in the haggard, sunken face, quickly replaced. The effect much the same as watering [plant that hasn't gotten water for several weeks — if it sur ivived. Calories Do Count Yes, calories do count. 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