Ultrametabolism: Class Three, The Calorie Myth

September 29, From JESUS Calling by Sarah Young

I am with you and all around you, encircling you in golden rays of Light. I always behold you Face to face. Not one of your thoughts escapes My notice. Because I am infinite, I am able to love you as if you and I were the only ones in the universe.

Walk with Me in intimate Love-steps, but do not lose sight of My Majesty. I desire to be your closest Friend, yet I am also your sovereign Lord. I created your brain with capacity to know Me as Friend and Lord simultaneously. The human mind is the pinnacle of My creation, but so few use it for its primary purpose—knowing Me. I communicate continually through My Spirit, My Word, and My creation. Only humans are capable of receiving Me and responding to My Presence. You are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.
—Psalm 34:4–7
We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
—2 Peter 1:16–17
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”
—John 17:3
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
—Psalm 139:14

Today I was cleaning up in my son’s room and I came across some medical information that my beloved Dr. Katherine Henry, (Texas Institute of Integrative Medicine, Richardson Texas, 972-234-4776) sent us a couple of years ago. She has taught me much of this information through the years, and i just have to keep going over it for it to sink into my brain…“line upon line, precept upon precept as it says in Isaiah 28:13:).   The article she sent was by  Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, entitled “Biology, Toxins, Obesity, and Functional Medicine.” I remembered her sending it , and reading over it, but now that we were going through Dr. Hyman’s book, Ultrametabolism, i REALLY payed closer attention to it, and understood it more.   It was a much more technical version of the information we are getting in our book, since it was written for physician’s and other health care professionals, but it further reinforced that toxins in our environment are affecting our health and weight.  In the article he shared how our metabolism, among other things,  is being affected by these toxins.  He shared specific ways to get rid of the toxins through diet, supplements, sauna, and other means.

This book we are studying is a book about wellness and health.  Many of us, myself included, want to lose some weight, correct some underlying health issues and go down on the scales instead of up!  Dr. Hyman spends the first 7 Chapters of Ultrametabolism, sharing the 7 Myths of Weight Loss and then in  part two of the book he will cover: ” The 7 Keys to the New Science of Weight Loss:  The Owner’s Manual for your Body.”

Last week we talked about the first myth: The Starvation Myth:  Eat Less+Exercise More=Weight Loss.  Sometimes it just doesn’t happen like that, and when we starve ourselves, it tells our body we are starving, and we end up eating more.  We have to eat our resting metabolic rate of calories each day, or we won’t get our metabolism going and be able to lose weight.  To learn more about the first myth,  refer to my blog, https://hisgraceissufficienthealth.com/2012/09/24/ultrametabolism-class-ch-1-the-starvation-myth/

This week we are learning about “The Calorie Myth” -All Calories are Created Equal

In our last chapter we learned that calorie restriction doesn’t work.  It’s the reason most diets fail.  Dropping extra pounds is not a simple matter of eating less.  In fact, if we eat too little we set off a chain of molecular events inside our body that will actually cause us to gain weight.  Dr. Hyman says that calories are important, but it isn’t the amount of calories as much as the type of calories that we consume that makes the difference in how much we weigh and how healthy we are.

What is a Calorie Anyway?

A Calorie is a unit of energy.  We consume food, and the chemical processes that make up our metabolism break down this food and turn it into energy.  Food is our fuel.  We consume calories so we will have something to burn. We need a certain amount of calories just to keep the basic functions of our body operating.  Did everyone go home and figure up your resting metabolic rate calories you need?  Multiply your body weight times 10 and that will give you the lowest number of calories you need each day to get your metabolism going.   then we need additional calories to get out of bed and go for a run or get the kids ready for school.

Ex. in the book from Physics:

Which falls faster a pound of feathers or a pound of lead?  It depends on if you drop them in a “vacuum,” they fall at the same rate, or if you drop them off the Empire State Building….the lead will fall faster because of the air resistance.

Calories behave the same way….our body’s metabolism is like the air resistance and the calories we eat are absorbed at different rates and have different amounts of fiber, carbs, protein, fats and nutrients-all of which translate into different complex metabolic signals that control our weight.  Our metabolism has an impact on how calories are consumed in our bodies, like the air resistance has on how fast the feathers drop.

Example:  Sugar from a soda enters our blood very rapidly while the same amount of sugar from kidney beans enters our blood slowly. The calories from the sugar you aren’t using at the moment will be stored in fat.  The sugar from the kidney beans is absorbed over time and our body has a greater chance to make use of those calories.

Food that enters your bloodstream quickly promotes weight gain; food that enters slowly promotes weight loss.

In our book, Dr. Hyman talked about the studies done on whether a low fat or low carb diet was better for losing weight.  The researchers fed the overweight patients the exact same amount of calories…one group ate a low fat diet of 1500 calories for the women, and 1800 for the men.  The second group ate a low carb diet, and the third group ate a low carb diet with 300 more calories than the other group.  The researchers discovered the group eating the low carb diet with the same amount of calories lost more weight than the low fat group despite eating the same number of calories.

The real issue is the types of carbs and fats used…The low-carb diet was mainly a diet of whole, unprocessed foods-lean animal protein, vegetables, whole grains, and beans-in other words a basic Mediterranean-style diet.

What was more amazing was the group eating 300 more calories a day with the low carb diet lost more weight than those eating the low fat diet!

Ex: Harvard Professor studying three groups of overweight children, feeding each group an identical amount of calories: One group ate instant oatmeal; one group ate steel cut oats, one group had a vegetable omelet and fruit. Children that ate instant oatmeal for breakfast  got hungrier the fastest and had higher levels of insulin, blood sugar, blood fat even though they consumed the same number of calories as the omelet group.  The steel cut oats were better than the refined oats, but the children who ate the steel cut oats ate 51 percent more food in the afternoon than the children who ate the omelet…adding nuts, soy milk and flaxseeds to steel cut oats allows the meal to be absorbed more slowly. (This is my note, i don’t recommend soy based on research from others…Dr. David Brownstein says that soy inhibits the body from breaking down protein into amino acids.  Amino acids are used to maintain muscle tone and bone strength. It is also a crop that is very heavily sprayed with pesticides, according to Dr. Sherry Rogers, and Dr. Mercola says that 90 percent of soy is genetically modified.  You can read more about the dangers of soy here…http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/soy-health_b_1822466.html Thousands of studies link soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility — even cancer and heart disease.-Dr. Joseph Mercola.  He does state that fermented soy is good for you in small amounts in the above article.

The conclusion is that the kinds of calories you consume have a big impact on how much weight you gain, because different types of food are metabolized in different ways.

Even more interesting is that the type of calories actually has an effect on how your metabolism functions.  The type of food you eat has a big impact on what your genes tell your metabolism to do.  The type of calories you consume have a dual impact on the way you metabolize food.  They act as a source of energy and a source of information or instructions to your genes that control metabolism.

Food “talks” to your genes and your Genes, “talk” to your body

Our genes control not only our physical characteristics to some degree, but regulate every aspect of our biochemistry and physiology.  They control production of hormones, brain messenger chemicals, blood pressure, and cholesterol, as well as mood and aging processes, and play a role in your risk of acquiring diseases like cancer and heart disease.

Nutrigenomics– has revolutionized our understanding of food and calories…food contains hidden information that “talks” to our genes, giving our metabolism specific instructions on what it should be doing.  Instructions such as: lose weight or gain weight, speed up or slow down the aging process; increase or decrease your cholesterol level, produce molecules that increase or decrease your appetite.  The kind of food you eat gives your genes different information, helping them make decisions as to what it will tell your body to do.   Food talks to our genes!

If we can learn the language of our genes and control the messages they give our body and metabolism, we  can radically alter how food interacts with our body, lose weight and optimize our health.  Teaching us to speak the language of our genes is what the UltraMetabolism approach is all about.

Living in Harmony with our Genes:  Eating a Whole Food Diet

There is no one perfect diet for everyone, some need to eat more carbs, more fat or more proteins than others, but our metabolism has some basic operating principles that we all share…and there are tests and clues to discover what affects them.  In part 2 of this book, we will look at those principles.  There is one principle he introduces to us here that is a fundamental part of the UltraMetabolism program…the importance of eating whole, unprocessed foods.

  A whole, unprocessed, real food is one that is at close to its natural state as possible when you buy it at the grocery store. (My notes…even better, grow your own, by from a local Farmers Market!)…A whole avocado, a whole apple, a whole grain, a whole almond, or whole tomato.

GOD created whole foods on the third day.

Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.” Genesis 1:11 (these are my additions about GOD)

The calories we consume from whole foods speak to our genes in their native tongue.  Our DNA knows exactly what to tell our metabolism to do to use these foods in the healthiest and most efficient manner.

Whole foods aren’t tainted with unhealthy fats and refined carbs or manmade chemicals that our body has no idea how to process properly.  Whole foods were designed by GOD to keep us at a healthy weight and give us Ultrametabolism!

We need to focus on whole foods being a substantial part of our diets….start doing this right now.

Whole foods often contain a mixture of protein , fats, carbohydrates, and fiber so you find many whole foods in multiple categories:

What is a Whole Food:  Foods that are found in the form found in nature-fresh, unprocessed, and simple.  These include:

High Fiber Foods: Beans, Whole Grains, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds

Quality Proteins: Beans, nuts and seeds, eggs, fish, lean poultry, lamb, pork, or beef ( preferably organic, grass or range fed)

Healthy Fats: Fish oil, extra virgin olive oil, cold-expeller pressed plant oils, such as grapeseed, walnut, and sesame, avocado, olives, coconut, nuts, seeds

Healthy Carbohydrates: Vegetables, whole grains, beans, fruit, nuts, seeds


  • All calories are not created equal
  • Food contains information for your genes that controls your metabolism, not just energy in the form of calories.
  • The information changes your metabolism and can increase or decrease your weight
  • A whole food diet is the best way to help food communicate to your genes in a language it understands.

You’ve got to check out this slide show…not totally accurate but it sure does get the point across…GOD made food healthy and we have or Satan has distorted what GOD made good:  It’s funny and short, and gets the point across….http://www.slideshare.net/treebeard31/and-god-created-vegetables

http://www.ewg.org/release/good-food-tight-budget-ewg-s-new-easy-use-guide  -Here is the Environmental Working Groups Good Food on a Tight Budget we talked about in class tonight!  I encourage you to look around on their website…they have a ton of great information…from food, to cell phones, to cosmetics, to sunscreens!

Here is the website for the bikini chef, Susan Irby-she is really into health and nutrition and has her own TV show out on the West Coast.   She has written a book about Quinoa called “The Idiots Guide to Quinoa.”  (Our assignment for next week, besides eating whole, unprocessed foods is to learn about Quinoa!).  She also has written cookbooks for Mom’s cooking healthy for their children….on a low budget.  Be sure and check those out too!   Hope you enjoy her site! http://thebikinichef.com/.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOOeNvls7qc&feature=share– UNREAL- Candy Unjunked!!! Check this out, HEALTHY CANDY…and Dr. Hyman likes it too! Someone said on FB you can get it at CVS here in Athens.

http://www.naturalnews.com/037315_Monsanto_GM_corn_breakfast_cereals.html- Top 10 genetically modified corn cereals

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/09/26/aspartame-causes-brain-damage.aspx– Aspartame (Nutrasweet) causes brain damage among other things

1 thought on “Ultrametabolism: Class Three, The Calorie Myth

  1. Thank you Mitzi for posting this wonderful information. May God bless you as you are blessing others.
    Love always, Alison

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