These Infographics Show the Problems With Calorie Counting

Diet for weight loss; exercise for fitness.

You can meticulously count every single Jelly Bean or lick of peanut butter you’ve had, then calculate the number of calories you’ve burned to offset them. But this actually hurts your weight loss efforts (and sanity) more than it helps. Here’s why you shouldn’t rely on “calories in” and “calories out”.

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While many of these points are valid, I think a better way to summarize this is that many people misstate their calories when calorie counting and not as much that there are inherent problems with calorie counting. It takes discipline not only to eat better, but to track it all as well. If you start to take shortcuts on tracking or are being liberal with how big that scoop of peanut butter is that you counted as one serving, then you’re only doing it to yourself.

Calorie counting isn’t for everyone, but it can work for the right type of people.

Stick to Your Diet for at Least a Year for Potentially Lasting Weight Loss

If you’ve ever dieted before, you know how hard it is to keep the weight off for good. New research suggests that if you maintain your weight loss for at least 52 weeks, it’ll be easier to maintain that weight in the long run.

Source: Stick to Your Diet for at Least a Year for Potentially Lasting Weight Loss

You don’t necessarily need to deprive yourself, either. Just eat more vegetables.

Given the sample size (no pun intended), I’d stick to what this study found about how long you need to keep weight off to make it a more permanent change.

New nonsurgical weight-loss treatment curbs hunger, melts away pounds

Battling bulge can often be a frustrating fight—with tedious calorie counting, rigorous exercise regimens, and invasive and expensive stomach-shrinking surgeries. But a new method to offload the flab promises to be a quick and simple treatment that cuts cravings and leads to sustainable weight loss.

The non-surgical procedure works using tiny, injectable beads that restrict blood flow to the part of the stomach that releases the hunger-sparking hormone, ghrelin. In a pilot clinical trial with seven severely obese patients, the method successfully curbed hunger and trimmed an average of 13.3 percent of excess weight after six months.

Source: New nonsurgical weight-loss treatment curbs hunger, melts away pounds

Given that the treatment involves obstructing blood vessels to restrict blood flow, it will be interesting to see how many people who could benefit from this would actually be eligible. Healthy circulation in the morbidly obese is not something you can take for granted!

I’d also want to know about the long-term effects of this, particularly the likelihood of the beads getting dislodged and clogging blood vessels they’re not supposed to.

Curious about the FDA approved AstraZeneca’s approach in 2014?  Leptin doesn’t work, since it’s too easily overcome.  The drug also has very nasty side effects, including diabetes and lymphoma. It is really only supposed to be used by people who have a congenital Leptin deficiency. Providers must go through special training to be able to prescribe the drug.

“You Lose Weight in the Kitchen, You Gain Health in the Gym”

You can’t eat total crap and then bust your butt exercising to magically erase those calories: It’s not that simple. If you want to make longer lasting, healthier changes, what and how much you eat is far more important than how much you exercise.

Source: “You Lose Weight in the Kitchen, You Gain Health in the Gym”

I could not figure out what I was doing wrong until I started thinking about my eating habits. I confess – they were not they were not up to par.  Only then did I understand that a workout was ~20% of the fitness goal, and the rest was my diet.

How to Lose 90 Pounds and Turn Pro – One Man’s Story

In his senior year of high school in small-town Texas, Mitchell Sides weighed 250 pounds (113kg). Today he is racing as a professional on Elevate Cycling, weighing just over 160 pounds. His main advice for losing weight by riding bikes? Consistency.

Source: How to lose 90 pounds and turn pro – one man’s story

To be fair, the story is impressive but it’s not going to be the outcome for most of us.  But it is possible to make positive life choices, and easier if the choice involves doing exercise you enjoy.

Are Meal Replacement Shakes Actually Useful?

Let’s first clarify that meal replacement shakes are not to be confused with protein shakes, though the differences are nit-picky: a meal replacement shake typically has between 200-500 calories and tick off a bunch of nutritional checkmarks with added vitamins, minerals, fiber, and some protein.

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Please be careful with shakes, powders, and the like. The regulation on the supplement industry is pretty much nonexistent. The best case scenario is that the company does not include the ingredient listed in its advertising, but there are numerous instances of customers sending out their powders for testing and finding harmful ingredients.

What Causes the “Dadbod” (and How to Reverse It)

Ah, the “dadbod.” A recently coined term, it describes the body of a man whose belly suggests that he’s had a few thousand beers during NFL Sunday. Now, he’s not “fat” by any means. In fact, his broad shoulders suggests that he balances his pizza intake with bench presses and curls. So how does this body occur and how do you undo a “dadbod?”

Source: What Causes the “Dadbod” (and How to Reverse It)

What causes “Dadbod”?  Kids… Spending time with them or working to pay for them, most don’t think about getting some exercise.  It’s tough when you can’t put them in a stroller to go jogging, but they aren’t big enough to take running.  It can be really hard to motivate them too, but it is worth it for their long term health.

Why Your Exercise Routine Might Suddenly Stop Helping With Weight Loss

A new gym-goer finds an exercise routine, sticks with it, and the pounds start coming off at a regular clip—until something changes. Not the person; they’re still exercising as hard as ever, sometimes harder, but the weight loss has stopped. What happened?

Source: Why Your Exercise Routine Might Suddenly Stop Helping With Weight Loss

Weight loss is 80% diet 20% exercise. You could lift and run all you want, but if your diet is poor and you are eating at a calorie surplus everyday – you will not lose weight. At the same time if you eat at a calorie deficit but do zero weight training you will lose weight but also look horrible because you will have little to no muscle definition. The key is to constantly be eating at a deficit while weight training.

This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Your Favorite Beverages

To be clear – tap water is more heavily regulated than bottled water, and the presenter makes sure to say that the actual water quality depends on location (obviously Flint and WV are outliers).