The Science of Effective Weight Management – Part 1 – Biology

In this ongoing series, we are going to examine the science behind effective weight management, and in doing so, gain a better understanding of how our unique tools support you in meeting your goals.

There are three branches of science that inform our model:

  • Biology: Biology dictates the underlying requirements for success.
  • Math: Advanced math is needed to accomplish our goals, but the computer does the hard work.
  • Psychology: Behavioral changes.

So, let’s launch right into looking at the biology.  This is where it all begins:

Net Caloric Balance = Calories In - Calories Out

Net Caloric Balance > 0 - Weight Gain
Net Caloric Balance = 0 - No Change
Net Caloric Balance < 0 - Weight Loss

Now, this is a very important scientific principle, but because of the limitations of measuring them accurately, there are some things we like to recommend.   First is that while counting the calories you take in is pretty straightforward, given the resources available, trying to count the calories burned, due to the inaccuracies in measuring, at best confusing and pointless, at worst a source of sabotage for an otherwise effective program.

That brings us to two very useful definitions:

Weight Loss: The result of a non-trivial negative Net Caloric Balance ( Deficit ) over a significant period of time.
Weight Management: Intentional manipulation of your Net Caloric Balance

Which begs the question, “How do we change our Net Caloric Balance?”

Diet and Exercise, of course!

And I’ll have more to say on that in the posts coming up in the next few weeks!