the only way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you burn in a day.
no matter how crappy the food you eat, the quantity of calories matters more than the quality of food if your goal is to lose weight.
But that's a fucking stupid goal, frankly.
To curb calories, he avoided meat, whole grains and fruits. Once he started adding meat into the diet four weeks ago, his cholesterol level increased
I don't think I know anyone who actually eats twinkies, or any of those pre-packaged snack cakes as a matter of habit.
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I never cease to be amazed at the intensity and passion in supporting, defending, explaining, justifying , etc. the metabolic/genetic role in obesity.
Because food is not seen in strictly nutritional terms, but in religious and social terms and as a source of personal identity…
What you eat effects your appetite. It works the simple way where if you eat more you will be less hungry. Or if you eat a smaller amount for a while your version of normal will change. Or if you drink a 400 calorie drink you will be hungrier than if you eat a 400 calorie sandwich. Or if you eat 200 calories of vegetables you will be less hungry than if you eat 200 calories of cheese. Hunger is a tool like a thermostat is a tool. Depending on how it is calibrated you can slowly find yourself gaining weight, losing weight, or staying the same. You can learn to be ok with being hungry more often.
It's as useful to ask overweight people why they don't do better at losing weight as it is to ask you "Why didn't you do better in college? Why didn't you go to a better college? Why aren't you getting promoted at your job? Why haven't you gotten a raise? Why do you procrastinate so much? How come you make so little money? Why aren't you better looking? Why don't you have a better girlfriend? Why is your family so fucked up? Why are your personality traits so irrritating? How come you don't get a better haircut? Why do you dress so badly?"
There are superficial solutions to all these problems, but I doubt that just hearing someone say "Work harder, lazy butt! You look ugly, dress better! You're just too dumb - lower your expectations!" is enough to solve your problem.
In short, YES, taking in fewer calories than one burns will result in a weight loss. However, that is one piece of a large, interconnected, and complex puzzle. To jump around excitedly brandishing this one piece of information and considering that you have found a solution is as silly as saying subprime mortgages were the cause the financial crisis. You've got one proximal piece of a much, much bigger picture whose roots and underlying causes are much deeper and more widespread, located both in the individual and in society.
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