Calories In and Calories Out

Part 2

This is part 2 of a series. If you want, you can read from the beginning.

If you’re like me, and you’ve tried to lose weight before you didn’t have to look for to find a diet that laid down the simple rules of weight loss. You’ve probably also seen and heard people tell you that weight loss is really simple, and that it boils down to one simple concept:

“You just have to eat less, and exercise more.”

Going from the conventional wisdom you as an individual require a certain amount of energy (calories) to operate your body, and if you put less energy in, or use some of the energy up by doing exercise that you’ll lose weight.

I feel that this is one of those statements that is so oversimplified that it is actually absurd.

Of course, we know that this doesn’t really work. You don’t need me to tell you that it doesn’t work, because you’ve probably already tried it, and it didn’t work. Millions of people have tried it, and overall it doesn’t work. Almost nobody in the entire world can lose weight by eating less food and exercising more alone, so why do we keep insisting that the solution is simple, or that anyone can do it?

Furthermore, why do we keep blaming overweight people for their situation? Obesity is a medical problem that needs solving, and we are not helping matters by trivialising the solution, or telling people that they’re just not trying hard enough. How insulting is it for a thin person to tell an overweight person that losing weight is easy, when they’ve probably never struggled with it, ever?

So, let’s be clear, it’s not your fault. Let’s get that straight. If you are overweight then you are suffering from a medical condition that has not been very well understood, the cause of which has been relatively obscured for various reasons, and that most medical professionals seem ill-equipped to deal with.

The key to dealing with your problem is understanding how energy enters the body, where and how it is stored, and how it is used. Once you understand this you’ll soon see why counting calories doesn’t actually work.

Up next is Part 3 – Two Compartments