The Truth About Carbs, Fat and Calories

If fat made you fat, I would be fat. If carbs made you fat, I would be fat. If grains made you fat, I would be fat. If sugar made you fat, I would be fat. Consuming more calories than you burn makes you fat (and if consuming LESS calories than you burn didn’t work, I would be fat). Cutting fat or carbs or grains or sugar from your diet might make you lose weight! But it’s not because those substances have magical powers to create fat out of thin air. It’s because by removing those things from your diet, you might inadvertently create a calorie deficit.

Now don’t get me wrong, there are good reasons for eating less fat or less carbs or less grains or less sugar (I’m not promoting low carb or low fat here, both carbs and fat are a part of a healthy diet). Increasing the quality of your food by ditching processed and empty calories may even help you lose weight without counting calories, because good quality food gives you more energy and you end up moving around more, which can create a calorie deficit.

Have you heard of Mark Haub? He lost 27 pounds eating nothing but twinkies and other junk food. It worked because he was consuming fewer calories than he burned.

Throw away your diet books. Jump off the low carb and low fat bandwagons. Eat real, whole foods in the form nature created them. Get off your ass and move around every day. Be aware of your energy and nutrient needs and eat enough good quality food to fulfill them. Once you have those things squared away, your body will find it’s way to a healthy weight.

5 thoughts on “The Truth About Carbs, Fat and Calories

  1. Most sensible thing I’ve read in a long time, not sure why this should be so hard to understand, yet it’s not commonly understood common sense. Simple and to the point, but exactly true.

  2. Just a correction.
    Mark Haube did not eat only twinkies. He ate protein shakes, vegetables, steak, chicken, etc. Mark also used supplements. The ‘Twinkie’ portion of his diet was a supplementation of 3-4 snack cakes or candy bars per day to up his caloric intake.

    Further Mark also lost 6 pounds of lean mass.

    • Can you share your source for that, Shane? I know he used a protein supplement and ate a serving of vegetables (usually canned, ie, junk) at his evening meal, but I’ve never heard that he ate steak and chicken. Even still, there’s plenty of steak and chicken based junk food.

      He weighed in when I posted this on facebook and didn’t correct me:

      Lean mass loss is a fact of life with weight loss. There are ways to minimize it (lots of protein, heavy lifting, maintaining a very small calorie deficit, eating a nutrient dense diet), but the unfortunate truth is that when you lose weight, some of that weight will be lean mass.

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