Weight loss is simple math. If you take in more calories than you burn you will gain weight. If you take in less calories than you burn, you will lose weight. Simplified: Eat less and get your butt off the couch!
Simple math is hard for lazy people. Yet another pill is much easier.
I used to think it was that simple, and kept my weight down by eating less - much less - than what I wanted. But something changed in my thirties, and I was able to eat anything I wanted, and as much as I wanted and stayed slim. Now I have to force myself to eat extra calories and still would like to gain a few pounds.
As it turns out, life is more complicated!
Come and listen to a story and think this through again...
"While they may sound totally disgusting, fecal transplants are emerging as a promising treatment for a variety of gastrointestinal diseases, in particular infection with the bacteria Clostridium difficile.
They don’t quite involve directly inserting the feces of one person into another, but rather the donor stool is rinsed and strained and then introduced into the recipient, either through an enema or endoscopy, or orally in pill form. The idea is to replace healthy bacteria in the gut after the normal balance is disturbed, for example by antibiotics.
One woman suffering recurrent C. difficile infection was recently successfully treated with this procedure, but interestingly, she also rapidly went from normal weight to becoming obese after receiving the transplant. While the weight gain could be due to a variety of factors, the donor was also overweight, and the recipient had never struggled with her weight before. Researchers are therefore speculating whether something in the transplant could have played a role in her weight gain, and have described the intriguing case in Open Forum Infectious Diseases.
At the time, the woman was a healthy 136 pounds with a normal BMI of 26. Her daughter weighed 140 pounds at the time, with a BMI of 26.6, but became overweight shortly afterward. Following the therapy, the woman’s symptoms vanished and she no longer experienced recurrent infections.
Sixteen months later, however, the woman reported unintentional weight gain of 34 pounds and met the criteria for obesity. Two and a half years after the transplant, the woman weighed 177 pounds with a BMI of 34.5, despite a medically supervised liquid protein diet and exercise program.
So to simplify that story, a woman had a C diff infection.
Her (overweight) daughter volunteered to share gut bacteria to replace hers.
Mom's weight exploded.
Not quiet that simple, but very close. I went on a diet of 1400 calories per day and swimming for a half hour every morning. Because of my size at the time I was burning over 600 calories in my morning swim. I lost 20lbs and the weight loss stopped dead. Three weeks of sitting on almost exactly the same weight was beyond frustrating and started making Pizza look like a good idea again.
Research brought me to a surprising conclusion: I wasn't eating enough. I increased my calorie intake to 2000 a day and the weight started dropping off again. I lost 65lbs overall and I'm maintaining it now. As soon as it warms up I plan to lose another 20 and keep it at 190.
cute but there is a lot more to it than that.
some of the foods we eat create a big problem with fat storage and burning proteins.
Carb, high fructose corn syrup, and other manufactured oils are all problematic.
even children with all of the energy they have are becoming obese, and not just because of video games. TV and video games have been around for a long time. We are seeing something much worse. thank you Con Agra
Actually, what you write is true FOR MOST. For some, you cannot lose. It has to do with hormones. I am on hormone treatments to lower my T. Since I started 4 years ago, I cannot lose an ounce. I was sick for 20+ days recently and only drank electrolytes and ate a can of soup a day. I lost exactly -0-. Before this, my weight fluctuated by the seasons. Winter I gained, with increased activity in the spring it came off. I still ride my bike for an hour a day, but when your system is whacked it can make you skinny for some, and fat for others depending.
Actually not true and if you read the article instead of pontificating you might have learned something
Weight loss is simple math. If you take in more calories than you burn you will gain weight. If you take in less calories than you burn, you will lose weight.
Simplified: Eat less and get your butt off the couch!
This can cause effects such as eating less and gaining fat, as well as exercising more and gaining fat, or fatigue such as increased exercise while dieting becomes less practical.
Application can be complex.