The multi-billion dollar weight loss industry is teeming with contradictory evidence, opinions, and charlatans looking to cash in on the answer to this fundamental question: why do we get fat and what can we do about it? The answers are not cut and dry and are different for everyone. Sorry, there is no one best damn diet for all. The average American adult attempts a new diet 4 times per year. Within two weeks 25 percent of the dieters give up. At any one time, it is estimated that 70 million Americans are on a diet. And 65 percent of those individuals are unsuccessful in keeping weight off for at least 5 years. Americans want their weight loss solution to be cheap, fast and easy. No magic diet pill (yet). Here is a marketing sample of what these authors and ‘experts’ are selling: Continue readingby
Have you been lead to believe the following statements are true?
- If you eat more calories than you burn you will gain weight.
- If you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight.
- If you eat the same amount of calories that you burn your weight will not change.
In order to lose weight, all you have to do is burn more calories than you take in. Eat less, exercise more and you are bound to lose weight. Not so fast. This simplistic adage is sort of true but leaves out the ‘how’. It is great to know why something works but in order to put it into practice, we need to find out how to do it. If eat less move more advice worked how come we have such a huge obesity problem? For long term weight loss we need other strategies. We’ve all known someone who eats a ton of junk food, doesn’t exercise, yet never seems to gain weight. Conversely, we’ve also known that unfortunate individual who does cardio every day, is perpetually on a diet and can’t seem to lose weight. The rules just don’t seem to apply to certain people.
What is wrong with the “calories in = calories out” model of thinking? Let’s start with the Law of Thermodynamics (AKA the Law Of Conservation of Mass). Your 9th-grade science teacher told you it is an irrefutable fact; energy can neither be created nor destroyed. The law (of which there are 4) is indeed undeniable but not when it comes to the human body. The idea that “a calorie is a calorie” comes from a misunderstanding of the laws. Here is what the 1st law of Thermodynamics states: Continue readingby