The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia: Episode 17: Giving up Excess Calories

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Episode 17: Giving up Excess Calories

In this episode of the Station Wagon podcast, Marc and Julie give up eating excess calories. Spoiler alert: One of us loves this, the other is traumatized and has to come to a significant self-realization of her (ahem) own weaknesses.



Antoine Lavoisier

1782: First to develop a mechanism to research the amount of heat given off by processes like breathing. He was guillotined in 1794. (ref)
Calorie was spreading
The usage of the word “Calorie” as a unit of heat was spreading. (ref)
Lulu Hunt Peters

“She was the first person to widely popularize the concept of counting calories as a method of weight loss. In the book, she explained the concept of the calorie as a scientific unit of measurement of the energy potentially available from food.”
WWI American Propaganda

FDA also came out with propaganda that told the public if they used more calories than needed they were directly hurting the war effort. (ref)
“Special Dietary Uses”
The American Food and Drug Administration considered any foods that had caloric labeling to be in the “Special Dietary Uses” group. “At that time meals were generally prepared at home from basic ingredients and there was little demand for nutritional information (Kessler, 1989).” (ref)
All foods labeled
“Final regulations ...were published on January 6, 1993, that mandated nutrition labeling in the form of a Nutrition Facts panel on most packaged foods.37 Exemptions were allowed for foods that were insignificant sources of calories or nutrients, foods shipped in bulk for further processing, restaurant foods, foods manufactured by some small businesses, medical foods, and infant formula (the latter having other specific rules for labeling). Nutrients to be listed on nutrition labels included calories, calories from fat, total fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, dietary fiber, sugars, protein, vitamins A and C, calcium, and iron. ”(ref)
My Fitness Pal Introduced

“As you eat and exercise throughout the day, you need to log your meals and exercise in our Food and Exercise diaries. MyFitnessPal will calculate the number of calories you've consumed from food and burned from exercise and let you know how many calories you have left to eat for the day. If you stick within your calorie limits, you should achieve the weight loss (or gain) you're looking for.”

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