(Post dedicated to Mr. Lyle McDonald, who’s always been right about this)
Dismiss the unbridled deconstructionists and reductionists who say stuff like “we don’t burn calories, we metabolize molecules,” and other such twists on that.
It’s like saying there’s no point in using a ruler or tape measure because it’s all atoms and sub-atomic particles.
It’s worse than tossing the baby out with the bathwater. It’s failing to draw a distinction between babies and their baths, and the particular utility of the latter.
It’s like saying we don’t need a map because the map is not the territory.
It’s dumb. Caloric measurements, while just as imperfect in determining the precise metabolic goings on as the Stanley tape measure is in counting atoms between two points, is nonetheless the best tool we have and it’s good enough for rocket science…just like Newton.