Monday, July 21, 2014
Factors out of your control: Why it's time to stop counting calories
For years people relied on the energy balance equation to help themselves lose weight. Since a pound of fat contains 3500 calories, all you need to do to lose a pound of fat is burn 3500 more calories than you eat. Sounds simple enough, the problem is that this isn't how it works. While the calorie surplus or deficit that you create likely has some relationship to how much weight you lose, we don't know how strong that relationship is or how strongly other factors impact this number. In this blog I will go over the primary reasons why this approach should be abandoned.