Body Weight Calculator - Timeline Projections
- POSTED ON: Dec 01, 2015

The Best Online
Calorie Calculator,
According to Science.
But it might not work for you.

Another free online calorie calculator, the Body Weight Planner, is now available to the public after several years of being used as a research tool for scientists at the National Institutes of Health. This one is noteworthy because its algorithms were validated in several controlled weight loss studies in human beings, and because it takes into account a person's slowing metabolism.
Kevin Hall, a scientist at the NIH's National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, created the tool.

Dr. Hall says the 3,500-calorie rule is accurate only if a pound of human fat is burned in a lab.  However, unlike a lab, the body is not a static environment, and instead adapts when a person changes their diet and exercise.

As a person diets and loses weight, the body slows the metabolism in an effort to conserve energy. As a result, eating 500 fewer calories a day leads to slightly less weight loss as time goes on.

Instead of 3,500 fewer calories, over 12 months, a person will need to eat 7,000 fewer calories to burn a pound of fat.

Dr. Hall said that the biggest flaw with the 3,500-calorie-rule is that it assumes weight loss will continue in a linear fashion over time. "That's not the way the body responds. The body is a very dynamic system, and a change in one part of the system always produces changes in other parts.”

He admits that dieters may be “bummed out” by news that they must double their efforts at reducing calories. “But we believe it's better to have an accurate assessment of what you might lose, that way you don't feel like a failure if you don't reach your goal.”

Dr. Hall added that very few people seem to be able to keep losing weight after 12 months.

The BWP calculates how many calories a day a person should eat to achieve their weight loss goals in a certain time (for example, to lose 10 lbs within a year).  The link can always be found here in DietHobby, under RESOURCES, Links, Body weight Calculator - NIH (Timeline Projections).

The NIH bills the planner as a cutting-edge tool that will empower people to take their health into their own hands, but research on the success of such calculators and trackers is mixed.  Although the federal government is to be praised for its official nod toward the utility of trackers and calculators,  human beings themselves are not “simple machines” who operate on a calories in, calories out basis.
The assumption is ...

Time for a Break
- POSTED ON: Nov 27, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving 2015
- POSTED ON: Nov 26, 2015


Eating Patterns - Morning vs Evening
- POSTED ON: Nov 25, 2015

This describes an ongoing problem for me. It appears to be true no matter when I eat, or what I eat. 

Whether I wake up hungry or full, I start out with motivation for various types of food restrictions, but no matter what pattern of eating I choose - even including a "moderation-no-diet" pattern - my motivation recedes throughout the day and almost entirely disappears by bedtime.

I am a "morning" person who is an early riser and my bedtime is normally early in the evening.  Over time, I've learned that no matter what eating pattern I work toward, entirely skipping my morning meal and having food at only lunch and dinnertime, results in an ongoing feeling of deprivation which makes that pattern unsustainable for me.

However, my personal eating experiments tell me that even many days of having food only at breakfast and lunch then having zero food until the following day, doesn't do much to change my own desire to eat food all day long.

Here in my days of retirement, each and every meal feels like an important event to me. Three meals a day appears to be the only pattern that would be even remotely possible for me to sustain.  I do well when eating very small meals with only tiny amounts of food.  If it were not for potential weight gain due to my body's ongoing requirement for less than 1000 calories daily, my personal preference would be to snack all day, having only a bite-or-two, here-or-there-
in-between-meals, plus only tiny amounts of food during a morning breakfast, a noon lunch, and an early evening dinner.  Unfortunately, even with ongoing computer tracking of every bite of food, it is extremely difficult to follow that type of eating pattern while keeping calories under an ongoing 1000 calorie daily total.

I continually experiment with various forms of intermittent fasting, but I can honestly say, even after all of these years of experimenting, ... for me personally .... none of them have become easier or more likeable.  I hate them all.  Yes, after 3 straight days of little or no food, physical hunger leaves, but...for me... there are still other unpleasant physical feelings, as well as ongoing unpleasant emotional feelings, that persist even after 6+ days.  And this is especially true about days of total water fasting, whether it's for only 1 day, for 3 days, or for longer than 3 days.  In fact, I hate total water fasting most of all. 

DietHobby is my personal blog.  My only agenda is to tell things as I see them at the time, and to Scrapbook diet information which I find personally interesting, helpful, or entertaining.  It's good that I'm retired, because it takes an immense amount of work for me to maintain my large weight-loss, and to keep my "reduced obese" body at, or near, a "normal" BMI.   At this point, my personal dieting hobby is taking more time and thought than an ongoing full-time job.

However,... here at almost 71 years old... I will continue on, doing this one-day-at-a-time for now... but maybe not for always. At my...

How Big Pharma Lies to Us
- POSTED ON: Nov 24, 2015

Medical Ghostwriting, Selective Publications,
and the death of the Evidence Base

The video below is an interesting lecture by Dr. Fung, who is a medical expert that I respect.
It provides some clear and convincing explanations; answering questions I've had due to personal experiences with specific medications previously prescribed for me, for my ageing mother (now deceased), and for other members of my family.


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