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The poor, misunderstood calorie: calories proper (Volume 1) Paperback – June 10, 2012
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About the Author
Dr. Lagakos received his B.Sc. in Nutritional Sciences and Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry and Physiology. He is currently a research scientist in the field of Endocrinology and Metabolism with a focus on diet, inflammation, and insulin resistance, as well as a nutritional sciences consultant and author.
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It contains a wealth of information, yet it's very accessible to just about anyone. He clearly explains what energy balance means in the context of where your calories come from and how your body is likely to use them. The idea that a calorie is a calorie and that you just need to eat less and move more is just flat out wrong. There is so much more to the story and this book tells that story.
There is no laid out diet plan with sample meals. Instead, he provides something much more valuable. He gives you the knowledge necessary to make your own decisions on what sort of changes in your diet would be beneficial to you.
Dr. Lagakos's website, caloriesproper.com, has a ton of great information as well. Make sure to read the comments on each article too, the discussion is great, with Dr Lagako's heavily participating. Tons of great tips are to be found in the comments.
This book is apologetically scientific and makes no effort to disguise it. The author is abrupt in his writing style (not so easy to read at times) but presents his information like a scientific paper. Hypothesis, Experiment, Conclusion. He references multiple studies to back up his claims and also talks about the studies that refute what he's talking about. He provides a balanced opinion and lets the science talk for itself. Almost challenging the reader to look at the material themselves to come up with their own conclusions.
He's a prolific Twitterer (Tweeter? I don't know) and runs his own blog on the subject. So this is not a cynical cash-grab, trying to make money of the low-carb craze. He's a working Biochemist who seems to live and breathe the subject. Which means that you can continue to follow his work and get up-to-date information about the subject from his online resources. You can't escape his blog, he refers to it several times in the book and reprints excepts from it. Which irks me by the way and is what's preventing me from giving this 5 stars. It's not entirely reprinted blogposts, which would have had me asking for a refund, but there are a few.
It's not so complex that you need a PhD to comprehend it either. I learned a lot and look forward to more of his research and conclusions.
It's not a weight loss book but it will give you some ideas on how to make any adjustments you might want to make based off of the research.
The only reason I gave it a 4/5 is because it needs a bit of editing/formatting.
I have read many diet books, scholarly and otherwise, but this one stands out. I highly recommend it.
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