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THE SCIENCE BEHIND WEIGHT LOSS

Updated: Apr 10, 2022

Weight management is hard. Two thirds of people are overweight or obese, and although fat shaming is despicable, talking about the health risks associated with carrying excess body fat shouldn’t ever be off limits, or taboo. I truly believe that knowledge is power, and anyone looking for an optimal body weight should understand the nuts and bolts of the process. Although I don’t pretend to be a weight loss expert, I do believe everyone looking for optimal health and body weight should be made aware of the building blocks of calorie balance.

Weight management can be made super simple and we can have great control over many of the variables that contribute. So let’s break it down and build it back up! It all starts with energy balance. Body weight will change according to a few very simple equations:


ENERGY BALANCE = ENERGY IN MINUS ENERGY OUT, and since energy from food is measured in calories:


CALORIE BALANCE = CALORIES IN - CALORIES OUT, so we can conclude that:


CALORIE DEFICIT = WEIGHT LOSS

CALORIE EXCESS = WEIGHT GAIN