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Losing Weight: The Misconception of Calories

Is it really useful, for people who want to lose weight, to calculate calories (Kcal)? Some people say that the body is like a boat which follows the law of thermodynamics: calories in, calories out.

“Increased weight is because the intake of calories is greater than the losses. If you want to lose weight, then you have to eat less and exercise more”

Eating salad without 2 teaspoons of olive oil can reduce up to 230 Kcal consumed.

So in two weeks, you should be able to lose 1 pound, and in a year, 25 pounds right?

But… this usually never happens.

Barry Popkin and Kiyah Duffey, from the University of North Carolina, found that people have (on average) increased daily calorie consumption by 570Kcal between 1977 and 2006.

1 pound of fat equals 3500 Kcal, if you ate 570 Kcal every day, then from 2006 to the present, the average person should have gained 476 pounds!

Is this because our exercise has also increased?

Consider another calculation. In order to avoid the increase of 476 pounds, people would have needed to run 1.5 hours every day. Is this possible?

Therefore, the human body is not a result of a mathematical formula. The weight of the body is the result of self-balance.

No wonder this method of weight loss has a 95.4% fail rate!

Therefore, calories don’t mean as much as people think they do in determining weight loss.

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Duffey KJ, Popkin BM (2011) Energy Density, Portion Size, and Eating Occasions: Contributions to Increased Energy Intake in the United States, 1977–2006. PLoS Med 8(6): e1001050. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001050.

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