18.02.21 Calorie Counting

February 22, 2018
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Stop Counting Calories?

Timing Is Everything

Extensive study suggesting calorie counting doesn’t lead to weight loss published just weeks before U.S. gov’t set to implement new rule to combat obesity requiring many restaurants to list calorie counts.

Yum. Flip Here.

‘This is the road map to reducing the obesity epidemic in the United States. It’s time for U.S. and other national policies to stop focusing on calories and calorie counting.’



Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University

Study by Journal of the American Medical Association

  • Goal: To test whether genetics determines what diets work for certain people and not others.
  • Findings: Quality over quantity mattered. Type of food, not calories, led to weight loss.
  • BTW: Genetics alone doesn’t determine ability to lose weight.

Meanwhile…In A Restaurant Near You…

  • “Menu labeling” aka “calorie counting” expected to be required of all restaurants with more than 20 locations in the U.S by May 7, 2018.
  • Obama-era policy related to health care law.
  • Current FDA Director supports implementation.

‘I think one place we go wrong is telling people to figure out how many calories they eat and then telling them to cut back on 500 calories, which makes them miserable.’ Find out what Dr. Chris Gardner says we should do instead:

by Jenna Lee,

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