Health Equals Efficiency

In health and healing, we should strive to work better with less.

One of the problems I have with the caloric model for energy production and weight loss, besides the built-in errors in accuracy, is it doesn’t consider an individual’s efficiency level.

Health equals balance and efficiency.

How far can you drive with one gallon of gas?

Will every car do the same distance from the same one gallon?

Will each car go the same distance regardless of how fast they drive?

What if it is cold out vs. warmer?

Older vs. newer car?

What about the size of the engine, tires, weight of the car, or dimensions of the vehicle?

How about the condition of the road or the inclination?

We can calculate the energy in that car from the one gallon of gas, but can we calculate how and where that energy is used to determine the distance we get out of that gallon?

Your body will utilize 700% more protein through its internal recycling system than you eat daily, making your dietary protein only just over 12% of your daily protein utilization.

Eating more than the body needs or can use will stop recycling and use what you eat, becoming less efficient.

As your body becomes more metabolically fit and flexible, the recycling will improve and potentially increase, creating even less need for dietary protein.

All things being equal, I would rather promote metabolic efficiency and allow the body to run the show with less than try to figure out how to give it what I think it needs based on what other people guess.

When we eat, we enter the fed state. In the fed state, we start demolishing the food we just enjoyed at any given time. While in demolition, the body will break down more protein from the body itself than when in the fasted (not eating) state.

Why would the body do this when protein is coming in from the diet?

Because you can’t be in the demolition (fed state) and the construction state (fasted) simultaneously, these two states are cyclic and overlap as they go from one state to the other. Still, you are essentially activating one or the other at a time.

Similar to the world on a macro level, the body’s microenvironment comes down to two general principles—energy production and sustainability. Sound familiar?

The balance and efficiency of how we produce energy (metabolism) and sustain our body (recycling) determine our health and ability to heal.

Most people don’t need to do something new. They need to stop doing something. The first step to detox is to stop re-toxing, and the first step to efficiency is to stop overloading the system.

Building, growing, or healing requires the body to be at optimal efficiency, which means effective recycling and energy production.

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We can do better!

Dr. Don