The gist of this story about Olsetra, the fake fat that they sometime use in chips to lower the calorie count, shows that rats that eat the stuff not only eat more calories, but eat more calories even after they stop eating it.
The writer of the story appears to be stunned, and writes the following:
This counter-intuitive finding shakes the conventional wisdom that substituting lower calorie, lower fat foods for the full-fat versions will help reduce overall caloric intake and encourage weight loss.
In other news, water runs down hill. Researchers amazed.
How many times must researchers be ‘stunned’ before they realize that just calorie counting doesn’t work?
Here’s another learned response from a puzzled professional:
“It goes against what you might think — you remove calories from food and you’ll lose weight, but at the end of the day the chemical manipulation of food leads to increased weight. We don’t understand exactly why yet, but research continues to show this is true,” ABC News Medical contributor Dr. Marie Savard said.
Actually, Dr. Savard, it is not only the chemical manipulation that does it, but many other factors in food – both natural, unnatural, and processed that will do it. An understanding of nutrition beyond the ‘calories in, calories out’ myth could help you puzzle this out.
Stop by any Low Carb hangout on the Internet – you’ll find plenty of friendly and helpful people would would be happy to explain it to you.