Calories Don’t Count

As this book was being readied for the press a new book written by an eminent physician, Herman Taller, M.D., entitled Calories Dont Count, was attracting increased attention among those who were aware of the need to reduce weight. We are delighted to note that Dr. Taller is exploding some of the popular misconceptions relating to the question of weight reduction. He refers to the fallacy of trying to reduce by limiting the intake of calories, pointing out that

100 calories of meat, or for that matter apple, is quite different from ioo calories of wheat or some other grain. He recognises the fact that obesity is a metabolic disorder, and that the reason many fat people fail to do a good job of reducing is because this fact is in many instances not fully recognised.

Dr. Taller does a fine job in explaining many of the metabolic factors which are responsible for excess weight, and is especially emphatic in urging that carbohydrate foods such as cereals, bread, spaghetti, sugars, ice cream, cakes, and pastries, be excluded from the diet. He also emphasises the importance of substituting the poly-unsaturated fats for the saturated fats in maintaining a superior standard of health. He is aware that the so-called crash-reducing diets, except for temporary results, ultimately end in failure.

Since Dr. Tallers principle revolves around the use of protein, the low carbohydrate vegetables and fruits, and the unsaturated fats, and eliminates the grains and cereals and other highly concentrated carbohydrate foods, we have no doubt that the obese person following such regimen is bound to show a reduction in weight.

However, since Dr. Taller recognises the fact that obesity results from an abnormal metabolism, it seems to us that he places the cart before the horse. He stresses a dietary program which may reduce the weight of the individual without emphasising the fact that the primary need is to restore normal metabolic functioning and an improved standard of health.

Since the fat person is usually a sick person, whether he is aware of it or not, he must follow a diet and a well-regulated plan of living that will rebuild his health. This will automatically lead to normal weight.

It is a fallacy to attempt a reduction or an increase in weight unless, at the same time, the general health of the person is rebuilt, and this can be done most effectively when we plan. First: a well-regulated nutritional program as an all around program of living, not merely for reducing or gain. Second: emphasise an abundance of rest and sleep to rebuild the debilitated functions of the body. Third: encourage a moderate program of exercises to strengthen and maintain the tone of the tissues. Fourth: establish emotional control since this is the prime requisite if a thorough job is to be done.

If you are underweight and dream of gaining weight, this program of living can do much to help you.

In most cases, underweight is caused not by insufficient food but by an impairment in the assimilation of the food eaten.

The diet for the underweight is of course less restricted. An outline of such a diet follows: morning Glass of freshly squeezed unsweetened orange juice or grapefruit juice. To be followed (preferably 1 hr. later), by stewed fruit or berries (no sugar or cream), shredded wheat or any other dry whole grain cereal (a tablespoonful of wheat germ may be added) or whole wheat toast (eaten dry), one glass of milk, buttermilk, yoghurt, clabbered milk, or hot beverage noon Raw vegetable salad; cheese, soybeans, lentils, chick peas, garbanzas, fava beans or avocado or any favorite protein food; i or 2 steamed vegetables; fruit or berries for dessert evening Raw vegetable salad, baked potato, sweet potato, corn on cob, brown rice, or buckwheat groats; i or 2 steamed vegetables, buttermilk, yoghurt, or clabbered milk.

In addition to the necessary dietary adjustments, those who seek to normalise their weight must make sure to obtain sufficient rest and sleep, follow a well-regulated program of exercises, and otherwise adopt a sound hygienic plan of living.

The correction of weight as well as the attainment of a beautiful body and a charming personality can become the prized possession of anybody who has the willingness, the determination, and the patience to follow through.

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