Calorie dense foods are nothing but those foods with a high quantity of calories present in small serving portions.
Foods high in fats or sugar include Fried food stuffs, beer, cola drinks, potato chips, cookies, candy bars, fatty meats, ice cream, etc. Eating foods with simple carbohydrates makes sure that you pack in the pounds as they are easy to digest. Adding something like peanut butter will be a good start as it contributes 500 calories to the meal without making you eat big quantities.
Peanut butter, a common spread in many lunch boxes and meals, is a healthy way to increase your calorie intake without even realizing it. Dates, Raisins, Whole wheat crackers, whole wheat bread, sesame butter, coconut milk, dried apricots, Brown rice, Avocados, Oatmeal and fruit juices.
There are certain high calorie foods that we cannot seem to avoid but have to exercise restraint with. There are excessive amount of calories in purified vegetable fats such as olive oil, palm oil, peanut oil, soybean oil, etc. These should be taken in minimal quantities as they are very high in cholesterol and saturated fats. Rich in calcium and a fairly tasty addition in many dishes, cheese is protein from vegetarian sources. Processed meats not only contain a high amount of calories, but are also filled with animal fats and vitamins.
There are many high calorie foods that prove absolutely unhealthy and even harmful to the body. The Bulletproof diet also incorporates intermittent fasting, whereby you consume most of your calories during a very small window, typically 6 hours and fast the remainder of the day. A staple of the Bulletproof diet is a magical concoction called… wait for it… “Bulletproof Coffee”. I’ll admit that for awhile I was a little surprised that my total cholesterol and LDL numbers were not coming back down, but after seeing what others folks such as Chris Kresser had to say on the subject, my total cholesterol numbers were pretty much in line with what one would see being on a Paleo-type diet. Additionally, not all LDL cholesterol is the same – there are two different types based on particle size.
Looking at my LDL particle size analysis, I have type A – the large, “fluffy” type that does not put one at risk for things like heart disease.
I was somewhat disappointed to see that after bumping up my testosterone levels some 25% after 30 days, it then started to go back down. Could my initial 30-day retest have been a false positive? An early stool test revealed that I was indeed suffering from leaky gut and fat malabsorption issues.
Something I had been struggling with was getting to the bottom of why my white blood cell count was always so low.
So essentially, my immune system was shutting down, which explains my low WBC even though I showed no outward symptoms (I never get sick) . This also puts tremendous stress on one’s body, and can ultimately wreak havoc with one’s adrenals and thyroid. I took an adrenal saliva test and at first glance, it would seem that things look pretty good, other than a slight dip below optimal range in the afternoon. I really hate it when something is labeled as a “diet”, because people’s first reaction is that it’s all about losing weight when in fact it’s more of a lifestyle. In my original posts, I talked about the fact that I was actually over-training, and was switching to something more akin to Body by Science – short-duration, high-intensity workouts, in addition to playing soccer 2-3 times per week. Do your research and find quality sources for your staple ingredients like grass-fed (and grass-finished!) meats and pastured eggs like specialty butcher shops and farmers markets.
A few key things I learned were how to use my slow cooker (nothing like coming home from work to some grass-fed shortribs!) and making my own bone broth. There’s a lot of debate currently regarding supplementation and while I agree that we should try to obtain as many of our nutrients as possible from our meals, there are certain nutrients many of us simply need to add (Vitamin D and Vitamin C are good examples). I’ve tweaked my supplementation regimen over time as my various blood markers reached optimal levels – in fact, I’ve actually reduced the number of supplements I take (stopped taking Vitamin A, for example). For a short time after starting the diet, I began to notice some skin dryness, but it soon went away (most likely due to eating foods rich in vitamin A, such as kale).
Earlier this year I started to grow out my beard, and to my surprise there were a bunch of gray whiskers appearing at the corners of my chin!
I’ll admit that for most of my life I took rather poor care of my teeth, and have tons of fillings to prove it. Like the diet itself, which is ever-evolving, I consider my journey a work in progress, making slight adaptations here and there based on my own situation and progress with the various issues I described earlier. Increasing Carbs: Until my thyroid issues are resolved, I’ve increased my carb intake a bit. Protein Fasting: I consume a large amount of protein each day, and the latest version of the Bulletproof Diet suggests doing a protein fast 1 day per week (consume less than 15 grams) to trigger autophagy (allowing the body to rid itself of damaged cells), which has been shown to have tons of benefits. Also, I will continue working through my various protocols to continue healing my gut and undoing issues that I had unknowingly been dealing with for decades.
I think that if you have any pre-existing thyroid, adrenal, or autoimmune issues, you may want to reduce any IF until you have tackled those problems first. You seem to be well researched so I wanted to ask you – did you at all check the long term results of Paleo diet (and its derivatives)? Hi Rob, I just got back my last round of lab test results and things are looking good overall. Received The Bulletproof Diet book a few days back and have been trying to do the intermittent fast with the bulletproof coffee and can’t seem to do it, even with 3 Tbls.
Tell me if this sounds familiar: You had a healthy lunch, maybe a sandwich or a salad, at noon and you felt satisfied. Try mixing up your breakfast routine with eggs and whole wheat toast, oatmeal and fruit with greek yogurt, or a banana and peanut butter. Put down the Chipotle burrito and enjoy a turkey and avocado sandwich on whole wheat bread with an apple or a spinach salad with walnuts, chicken breast, veggies and balsamic vinaigrette instead. Greek yogurt with almond slivers, apple and peanut butter, cheese and whole grain crackers, veggie sticks with hummus, whole grain cereal with blueberries and milk, or a handful of mixed nuts are all healthy, and delicious, alternatives to a pack of Skittles.
Oatmeal, whole wheat toast & bread and whole grain crackers are all processed foods too, Even though you think you're healthy with "whole" in the label, they aren't naturally occurring foods. But overall this list is great - I've avoided those extra sugars and totally see the difference! I also find that a handful of trail mix is really helpful to keep you focused (and full) when you feel like you need a pick me up! I have been eating protein bars lately because they are easy in the morning but I know they are bad because they are processed! Get instant access to a talented network and personalized tools that will help you get on the path you want - and make an impact. Levo arms you with the tools to develop your talent, build connections with peers, mentors, and jobs. At long last the USDA released Interim Final Rules for competitive foods—the snacks and sodas sold from vending machines and carts outside of federally supported school lunches.


The new  standards are tough and will change the food landscape in schools much for the better.
Snacks to be rich in whole grains, have real food as a first ingredient, and provide nutritional value.
Other drinks to contain no more than 40 calories per 8 fl oz, or 60 calories per 12 fl oz.  This excludes all regular sodas, even Gatorade.
The USDA issued nutrition standards for school meals early in 2012, but it’s taken this long to issue the ones for competitive foods, no doubt because of the expected uproar from food and drink producers whose products will now be excluded. The thank you note from Margo Wootan of Center for Science in the Public Interest who has worked to achieve these standards for years. The infographic from the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a collaboration between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation . The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has just released a report recommending that USDA ease off on restricting the amount of meat and grains allowed in the school meal standards that went into effect this year. USDA deserves much applause and support for its courage in issuing rules for competitive foods that might actually help kids stay healthier.
As a Food & Nutrition Director for a school system, as well as a Dietitian, Chef and mother, I agree with some of this law wholeheartedly. According to a study drinking four cups of green tea in a day can help you reduce more than six pounds in a week.
The human body needs its regular intake of calories to sustain basic functions and other activities. In case you are planning to increase your calorie content, ensure to make the right choice of calorie dense foods. Complex carbohydrates, unlike simple carbohydrates, are harder to absorb and are relegated to weight losing diets. Olive and canola, which are non-hydrogenated, are still healthy as the trans-fat content that could prove harmful is nil. For example, sausages contain nearly 500 calories in a serving of 100 grams, or in case of a link measuring 4 inches – 279 calories. The premise is simple – eat a high (healthy!)-fat, low carb diet, getting 50-70% of calories from healthy fats, 20% from protein, and the rest from vegetables (with some fruits and starches). However, notice how much my total cholesterol and LDL came down during my last blood test – I’ll talk more about this in a bit (has to do with fixing my thyroid). Additionally, I was completely missing certain types of gut bacteria, such as lactobacillus. I managed to contact a previous doctor I used some 8 years ago who still had the results of some prior blood tests and sure enough, my low WBC issues have been around for years. Digging deeper, chronic infections such as H.Pylori can play a role in elevating one’s LDL, even when triglycerides are low. This tipped of my doctor that my cortisol numbers could be artificially inflated due to the chronic infections. I ended up doing a Crossfit on-ramp early in the year, which was right before one of my blood tests and sure enough my CRP skyrocketed! It mainly came down to some advance planning, such as searching for gluten-free(ish) restaurants on Yelp, and when in doubt I would just go for sushi (also, any authentic Argentinian steak houses serve grass-fed steaks).
In the summer I would even make my own adapted version of the “Get Some” ice cream recipe (my own adapted version can be found here). Incorporating collagen protein and bone broth into my diet has also done wonders for my skin (not to mention helping to speed up healing of bumps and bruises from playing soccer). Gray hair is a natural part of aging, but there are strong ties between gray hair and thyroid disfunction (and micronutrient deficiencies such as selenium and zinc). However, over the past year and a half, I have had 3 checkups (every 6 months) and have found zero cavities. If you have any gut issues, ground meat is generally going to be much easier on your digestive tract. I’ve noticed a slight bodyfat increase, but that could also be due to my increased protein intake as I continue to train and try to gain some more muscle mass. That was a long post, but hopefully you have gotten some value out of me sharing my experience so far. You probably don’t need to go through the level of testing I did, so just work with a good functional medicine doctor who can order up a blood test and interpret the results. For me especially the cholesterol ratios were something I didn’t know (and makes so much sense). The n=1 public testimonials are impressive and I also feel amazing when I eat more animal stuff. Thanks for the post (and others) again, I don’t know if you hear this enough but it is a *very* informative and helpful blog. I rarely cheat and never eat processed foods because I truly enjoy real food and cooking for myself and my family. Herzog says it isn’t so much about eating the right snacks, but by eating right throughout the day.
Also, chances are most whole grain crackers you'd buy have more added "stuff" than most people realize.
I am always lacking energy a couple hours after lunch, and I am glad this article reminds me that healthy snacks are the way to go when in need of an afternoon pick-me-up! I find that eating smaller meals, drinking plenty of water, and incorporating two snacks a day helps sustain energy and focus. It traps you in a bad cycle because you keep wanting to feed your body sugar and trigger a bigger crash later. First, hard working tax payers provide for the lazy, then gun control, Obamacare, and now they dictate what we can and cannot eat. Expands Recall of Poultry Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter ContaminationAjinomoto Windsor, Inc.
Go for those foods that are not just rich in calories, but also contain high nutritional value. Foods which help weight gain include pasta, whole grains, rice, potatoes, beans and cereals. They are both filling and nutritious, keeping you from reaching out for unhealthy foods instead. Best used as a condiment, the highest calorie density occurs in fish oils, lard and tallow.
On the other hand, herbs and vinegar based dressings are simple and contain almost no calories. By restricting carbohydrates, your body goes into ketosis, and starts to use fat as it’s primary source of energy instead of glucose.
You get to “cheat” intermittent fasting by having a few cups of Bulletproof coffee in the morning – a combination of high-quality, single-origin, mold-free coffee beans with grass-fed butter and coconut or MCT oil, which does wonders to stave off hunger while increasing cognitive function over the final few hours of your fast. The smaller particle size LDL is what has been shown to increase risk for heart disease and heart attacks by getting clogged in arteries, leading to things like plaque buildup. Having an underactive thyroid has been directly linked to lower testosterone – as I began treating mine, lo and behold it shot right up!


My stomach pH was an acidic 5.8, which can often be an indicator of candida (my doctor at the time simply said I probably had a “candida-like” infection, but didn’t suggest any course of treatment or ask for additional tests).
After scheduling the blood, saliva, stool, and breath tests, sure enough some of the tests came back showing I had a number of lingering chronic infections, including Candida, h.pylori, Epstein-Barr virus (had mono in college), and Lyme Disease co-infection antibodies (still in my system after being bitten by a tick 10 years ago). My doctor said I had what he called “functional hypothyroidism” – right at the bottom of the “normal” range. That being said, even while eating anywhere from 2800-3500 calories per day, early on my weight went down by approximately 10lbs , but proceeded to stabilize, hovering between 162-165lbs. Over the past 3 months I have been working to get my weight up to 175lbs (increasing muscle mass), so as a result I have simultaneously put on a little bit of added body fat – I am considering increasing my carb intake to factor in the additional training. I was then introduced to the folks at EVO Ultrafit, who are the pioneers of neurological-based strength training, built upon a foundation of what they call “iso extreme” exercises combined with a special electrical modality that literally retrains the way your brain and muscles send and receive information. I would pack some MCT oil and a “go kit” for my coffee in my luggage (if it was a short trip, I would pre-ground it otherwise I’d pack my hand grinder along with packing a stick of grass-fed butter in a small tupperware bowl). And paleo eggplant lasagna with a mixture of ground grass-fed lamb and beef is pure awesomeness! As I began working on fixing my thyroid, lo and behold I began to notice some of the hairs regaining their pigment as they grew out! In fact, during my most recent visit, after my dentist finished my cleaning he marveled at the fact that my gums did not bleed at all, and said my gums were the healthiest of any patients he’s ever seen! I’m curious if you always struggled with chronic infections or if you feel this was a result of fasting. Did you check any long term effects of these diets before adapting it or was it more of a “I have slightly elevated LDL and slightly low HDL so this will fix it” sort of attempt? So I started Vit D3 supplementation, starting from 1000 UI, made blood tests on a 3 months basis and increase the intake up to 6000 UI.
However, the study does indicate that Epstein–Barr virus lowers VDR activity so I will definitely look into having my 1.25 OH Vit D checked (even though I have very low inflammatory markers). Candida was relatively easy to knock out, but healing my gut is an ongoing process that could take a total of 1-2 years to restore. A little sugar never hurt anybody right (well, except those kids in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)? This is especially important if you sit at a desk for the majority of the day, and have fewer opportunities to get up and walk around.
I think what works best for me is eating small portions throughout the day instead of a big breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
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Scientifically speaking, a gram of carbohydrate or protein contains 4 calories whereas a gram of fat contains as many as 9 calories.
Nutritional foods are generally those with moderate quantities of minerals and vitamins, with the addition of fiber and water.
A bar of 30 grams contains 150 calories, while grated chocolate in a cup contains 660 calories. Fortunately, I was introduced to a great functional medicine doctor who quickly recognized my symptoms (having had successfully treated numerous patients with similar issues) and ordered up a battery of (but very specific) blood, saliva, stool, and breath tests. He was frankly amazed at how I was able to get by and still perform at a high level throughout the day (running a business, working out and playing sports, etc.). I have barely lifted any free weights since I started working with them, yet I continue to gain strength and neurological efficiency. I also figured out “hacks” for Trader Joe’s (although I avoid most items in TJ’s, they sell ground grass-fed beef and steaks in the frozen meat section and you can buy Kerrygold butter by the case at a discount if you ask) and Whole Foods. I know there was a recent rat study by Bath University that suggests IF may weaken our immune system.
The only thing I can recommend to anyone is definitely checking at least 25 OH and 1.25 OH Vit D in the same blood test. I’m finishing up my adrenal and thyroid support protocols next month (total of 1 year) and will then retest. Your conversation above makes sense to me because I have recently been diagnosed with hashimoto’s autoimmune disease. It’s too early in the afternoon for a coffee break, but that bowl of Snickers and bag of Skittles you stuck in your drawer yesterday start calling your name.
Autocracy is really the very best alternative to nutritional science, as anyone can plainly see. I would prefer them to say NO SODA, NO SPORTS DRINKS, but instead the government has bowed to major corporations and have allowed schools to continue to fill children with chemicals while they fill their pockets with Lobby dollars.
It is perfectly fine to add certain high calorie foods to your diet as long as the quantity is kept to the minimum. Foods with high fiber and water content are generally low calorie foods as they are hard for the body to absorb. I also upgraded my cookware (eliminating teflon) and cooked my food at lower temperatures (for longer duration) to minimize oxidation of fats. Definitely not a reason to give up IF, but wondering if you feel people should be cautious with that also and try to counteract it? I’ve been eating a healthy Paleo style diet (not the lean version) for years and recently gave up the last remaining sensitive foods, dairy and nightshades. I know several people who have developed egg allergies and had to stop eating them for a period of time.
For 20 minutes you feel like you have the energy to run the company and do a SoulCycle session at the same time.
I hope one day everyone will understand the benefits of healthy eating and how food is a natural healer, but we continue to send mixed messages to the American people with laws such as this. However, add high density foods to this healthy foods list, as simply eating a lot of vegetables will not ensure you gain weight.
I did not realize for many years that protein can cause weight gain and I definitely think I overindulged in the protein and wasn’t eating enough fats, although I do not eat fat-free anything.
In people with this mutation the level of 25 OH can be low or very low even if the 1,25 OH is good or high. I’ve also made new friends who get together periodically to go out for massive amounts of grass-fed steak! So for this people a supplementation of Vit D could be harmful because can increase a lot the active form in the body and produce an hypervitaminosis.
WebMD explains it's very different from white fat, which stores calories to use as energy. To complete their study, researchers at UC Berkeley looked at mice that had increased levels of a protein called Zfp516, which is important for the process of forming brown fat in the body. They looked at two groups of mice: one with high levels of this protein and another with normal levels.



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