This is what is being found in microbiome research…the newest and one of the most exciting areas of health research. The microbiome is all of the genetic material of the microbes that reside within us, including bacteria, viruses and fungi.
Studies on animals and human twins have shown that the microbiome of obese mice/people is different than that of lean mice/people. When the two groups eat calorically identical meals, the obese group harvests more calories from the food than the lean group.
Other differences between the obese and lean groups have also been noted, including appetite level and rate of metabolism.
So, as we can see, all calories are NOT created equal.
The good news is that the microbiome can be upgraded by modifying one’s eating plan.
How to move forward?
While it is useful to be aware of how many calories you are consuming… you can jump start your lifestyle by considering the quality of your food, exercise, sleep and other wellness factors.