A Truth to Remember
- POSTED ON: Jan 23, 2016

By this, I do NOT mean that the SCALE keeps an accurate journal.  I mean that one's actual BODY keeps an accurate journal.  Many times here on DietHobby I've posted articles that discuss how difficult it is to actually know how many calories are in specific foods, and all of our food records are merely "best guesses".

My own practice is to do my best to accurately assess the amount of the food I'm eating, and to record that information into a computer food journal.  That program assigns a caloric value to the food, and then tells me how many calories I had that day.  Maybe it's correct.  Maybe it's not.  I've done my job to the best of my ability.

Computer programs also tell me what my body is supposed to weigh when it takes in a specific amount of calories.  These calculations are not necessarily accurate.  They are based on Averages, and that means that an individual's caloric needs might well be above or below that number.  Those computer program calculations are also only "best guesses" as they are based on the averages of the people who were in specific research studies.  There are also Outliers in every such scientific research study. People who have bodies which simply don't fit into those expected calculations.  When that happens, of course the scientists usually blame that deviation on the outlier's eating behavior.  In doing this, the Scientists are using their expected results to judge the participant's behavior, instead of giving that participant's results an equal weight of importance that they do for the people who provide them with their Expected Results. 

The body, however, is completely accurate, and it processes the food we've eaten.  It shifts water around, uses some of the food, discards some of the food, and if it doesn't need all of it immediately, stores it as fat. If the food coming in doesn't immediately provide everything the body needs, then it uses up some of that stored fat.   It's a complex process, but the basics are simple to understand. The body does what it does...regardless.

All bodies essentially function the same way, but there are small differences between individual bodies, (due to genetics and other things). So there can sometimes be differences between bodies of exactly the same size, weight, and age. Bottom line, some bodies simply require less food than other bodies.

I believe that it's up to me to do make my best efforts to manage my eating BEHAVIOR, while understanding that what my body does with the food, and my scale RESULTS, are out totally of my control.

This is the basis of my Moto:

I have the ability to control my eating BEHAVIOR,
but I have zero ability to control my body's weight RESULTS.


Body Weight Calculator - Timeline Projections
- POSTED ON: Dec 01, 2015

The Best Online
Calorie Calculator,
According to Science.
But it might not work for you.

Another free online calorie calculator, the Body Weight Planner, is now available to the public after several years of being used as a research tool for scientists at the National Institutes of Health. This one is noteworthy because its algorithms were validated in several controlled weight loss studies in human beings, and because it takes into account a person's slowing metabolism.
Kevin Hall, a scientist at the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, created the tool.

Dr. Hall says the 3,500-calorie rule is accurate only if a pound of human fat is burned in a lab.  However, unlike a lab, the body is not a static environment, and instead adapts when a person changes their diet and exercise.

As a person diets and loses weight, the body slows the metabolism in an effort to conserve energy. As a result, eating 500 fewer calories a day leads to slightly less weight loss as time goes on.

Instead of 3,500 fewer calories, over 12 months, a person will need to eat 7,000 fewer calories to burn a pound of fat.

Dr. Hall said that the biggest flaw with the 3,500-calorie-rule is that it assumes weight loss will continue in a linear fashion over time. "That's not the way the body responds. The body is a very dynamic system, and a change in one part of the system always produces changes in other parts.”

He admits that dieters may be “bummed out” by news that they must double their efforts at reducing calories. “But we believe it's better to have an accurate assessment of what you might lose, that way you don't feel like a failure if you don't reach your goal.”

Dr. Hall added that very few people seem to be able to keep losing weight after 12 months.

The BWP calculates how many calories a day a person should eat to achieve their weight loss goals in a certain time (for example, to lose 10 lbs within a year).  The link can always be found here in DietHobby, under RESOURCES, Links, Body weight Calculator - NIH (Timeline Projections).

The NIH bills the planner as a cutting-edge tool that will empower people to take their health into their own hands, but research on the success of such calculators and trackers is mixed.  Although the federal government is to be praised for its official nod toward the utility of trackers and calculators,  human beings themselves are not “simple machines” who operate on a calories in, calories out basis.
The assumption is ...

My Favorite Day
- POSTED ON: Oct 22, 2015


The Edge
- POSTED ON: Oct 19, 2015


Can Never Get Enough
- POSTED ON: Jul 29, 2015


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