I had an interesting experience that I think speaks to a major problem with weight loss. I was attending a fundraiser for a charitable organization I support. This was a high class affair and as such, I was out of place. The nice thing about being out of place is that it give you the opportunity to notice things. The nice thing about high class affiars is that the food was unbelievable. Continue reading “Falling Off the Wagon”
The law of conservation of energy states that the energy in a system will remain constant over time. Energy cannot be created or destroyed, it can only move from one place to another. This is an important principle when applied to weight loss. It essentially means that if you burn more calories than you eat you will lose weight.
There is an essential principle in the world of weight loss that is essential to helping you understand why people are unsuccessful at losing weight. I often hear people tell me that they “watch what they eat” or that they “eat healthy”. They are almost never able to tell me exactly what that means. This creates one of the greatest obstacles to weight loss. Human beings are extremely inaccurate in estimating their caloric intake. Continue reading “Why You Can’t Be Trusted”
I have recently read a weight loss related article in the New York Times by Mark Bittman called “Is a Calorie a Calorie?“. It describes a book called “Why Calories Count” by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim, two professors of nutrition. It talks about the complexities of diet and nutrition in achieving weight loss from the individual all the way up to a national/political level. It speaks about how diet is much more complicated than just controlling calories. The types of food we eat is important in determining weight loss as well.
One of the hardest parts about losing weight is that we and our fellow human beings are notoriously inaccurate at estimating how many calories we consume or burn. One of the reasons that we have such difficulties is that the same foods we consume today are significantly higher in calories than they used to be.