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Math + Obesity = Science!

shortmom:

Article on NYT:

A Mathematical Challenge to Obesity

Dr. Carson C. Chow, mathematician and physicist, studies causes and solutions of obesity through mathematics.

Some of his team’s findings:

  • Obesity is a result of the overproduction of food (it is cheap and there is too much of it) in America
  • A reduction of 3500 calories does not equal a pound lost
  • Heavier people gain weight faster
  • The “plateau” was proven mathematically (in 3 years, you hit equilibrium)

They also made a really cool calculator to help you find your caloric input and output requirements to meet your goal weight! Check it out here: 

Body Weight Simulator

Interestingly, their tool says for me to lose 10 lbs in 6 months, I should go for 1730 calories a day. All other tools tell me 1300. This could be due to the way they calculate estimated activity level. I told it that I do regular activities more than once a week (which is usually true).

This quote was interesting to me:

Another finding: Huge variations in your daily food intake will not cause variations in weight, as long as your average food intake over a year is about the same. This is because a person’s body will respond slowly to the food intake.

Yepyepyep. Been maintaining in roughly a 5 lb range for over a year. I’ll have a week where I’ll eat fast food nearly every day but then clean it up and my weight will be right back where it should be within another week, in 2 at the most.

It also says I can maintain eating a little over 2000 calories. That’s pretty cool. (Except I don’t count them…)

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cleaningout:

So, I’ve already told you that you’re very likely to overestimate the amount of calories you burn. Want to know what mistake #2 is? People tend to UNDERESTIMATE the amount of calories they eat. Even those of us who use diet planners, apps, etc. tend to underestimate our portion sizes. To get…

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cleaningout:

This broke my heart, because I am the Queen of eating every few hours. Initially I was really only hungry 3 times a day, but in every magazine I read it said to eat small meals every 3-4 hours. Now I need to eat every few hours or else I feel like I’m starving. But enough about me, let’s talk…

Eat when you’re hungry.

I like how this study actually measured hormones & stuff.

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