Fit, Healthy, Happy

Why CICO is Playing Hide and Seek with Your Health Goals

February 03, 2024 Dave and Peggy Stevens, Kim Gibbs
Fit, Healthy, Happy
Why CICO is Playing Hide and Seek with Your Health Goals
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Busting the CICO myth with Dr. Fung's wisdom: It's not just calories in - calories out!

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Busting the CICO myth with Dr. Fung's wisdom: It's not just calories in - calories out!


You know how everyone has that one friend who oversimplifies everything? Let’s call him Cal. You spill your heart out about your doomed love life and Cal's like, "Just tell them you like them. Simple!" Or you're trying to explain your latest existential crisis, and there’s good ol' Cal: "Just be happy!" Well, in the world of dieting and weight loss, Cal's got a twin - let’s call him CICO.

CICO (Calories In, Calories Out) is that friend who tells you weight loss is just a game of math. Burn more calories than you shovel in, and voilà, you're on your way to being the next cover model for "Beach Bodies Monthly." Sounds easy, right? But if it were, wouldn't we all be flaunting six-packs by now, munching on celery while doing sit-ups in our sleep?

Enter Dr. Jason Fung, the myth-buster of the metabolic world, who tossed a wrench into the CICO engine by pointing out - with the patience of a saint, I might add - that this approach is, well, a gross oversimplification. Imagine boiling down the works of Shakespeare to "Everyone dies" - technically true, but massively missing the plot.

Here’s a gem from the wise Dr. Fung himself: "The problem with the calories-in-calories-out model is that it's just too simplistic. It doesn't take into account the fact that different foods have different effects on the body. It doesn't take into account the fact that hormones play a major role in weight gain. And it doesn't take into account the fact that people are individuals, and what works for one person may not work for another."

So, let’s break this down, shall we?

Different Foods, Different Rules

Imagine your body as a high-class nightclub. Not all calories make it past the velvet rope in the same way. Some foods (looking at you, processed sugar) strut right in and set the place on fire (and not in a good way), while others, like proteins and healthy fats, are the cool kids that actually keep the party running smoothly without burning the place down.

Hormones: The Puppet Masters

Our bodies are under the dictatorship of hormones. These little chemical messengers are the real MVPs behind the scenes, calling the shots on hunger, fat storage, and even mood. CICO ignores these puppet masters, assuming every calorie is treated equally in the grand scheme of weight loss. Spoiler alert: It's not.

Human Snowflakes

And by snowflakes, I mean we’re all unique, not that we get offended too easily. Dr. Fung points out that the cookie-cutter approach of CICO falls flat because what works wonders for one person might be about as effective as a chocolate teapot for another.

Now, before you start eyeing Cal (CICO) with betrayal and planning to unfriend him on Facebook, it’s not all doom and gloom. Awareness is the first step to revolution. Understanding the complexities of weight loss beyond the simplicity of CICO paves the way for a more personalized and sustainable approach to health.

So, as we part ways, remember this: Health and weight loss are more akin to a complex symphony than a simple do-re-mi. It's about finding harmony in the foods we eat, tuning into our body’s hormonal cues, and orchestrating a lifestyle that suits our unique selves.

And as for Dr. Fung and his enlightening insights on metabolic health, let’s give the man a round of applause for not letting us fall into the trap of oversimplification. Here’s to a life where we move well, stay healthy, be happy, and live every single day with passion - far beyond the confines of CICO.