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Health & Wellness

Ars Technica: Why the calorie is broken

Melanie Wong | Feb 8, 201605:49 PM     3

"... Nash and Haelle do not find weight control so simple. And part of the problem goes way beyond individual self-control. The numbers logged in Nash’s Fitbit or printed on the food labels that Haelle reads religiously are at best good guesses. Worse yet, as scientists are increasingly finding, some of those calorie counts are flat-out wrong—off by more than enough, for instance, to wipe out the calories Haelle burns by running an extra mile on a treadmill. A calorie isn’t just a calorie. And our mistaken faith in the power of this seemingly simple measurement may be hindering the fight against obesity..."

Why the calorie is broken

“I’m kind of pissed at the scientific community for not coming up with something better."

arstechnica.com
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