It is clear when exploring the research on obesity that people have no idea how many calories they are consuming (see my prior post on the topic Why you can’t be trusted for more info). What has happened is that the size and calories of our foods have steadily increased over the past few decades in an imperceptible way. In addition, the size of our population has also grown. What this creates is a situation where a new normal is created. We all judge what is normal by an evaluation of the world around us. If everyone around you is a healthy weight, then a healthy weight is normal. If everyone around you is overweight then overweight becomes the new normal. Continue reading
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.