Weight Loss – A Better Prediction Tool ?

Familiar with the 3,500-calorie rule? …Since there are 3,500 calories in a pound of fat, you have to eat 500 fewer calories a day to lose a pound a week.

But the slowing metabolism phenomenon is what that rule fails to consider… the fact that dieters lose muscle as well as fat, and other factors that influence weight loss…is why researchers are now saying that formula is wrong.   The 3,500-calorie rule leads to unrealistic expectations and may undermine people’s efforts to lose extra pounds, says Researcher Kevin Hall, PhD, of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK).

Web Model Predicts Weight Loss

Hall and colleagues with the World Health Organization, Columbia University, and the Harvard School of Public Health have developed a web-based model that they say more accurately predicts a dieter’s expected weight loss over time.

The body weight simulator, which can be found on the NIDDK web site, was announced today in London at a news conference held to highlight a special obesity-focused edition of The Lancet.

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Weight Loss – A Better Prediction Tool ?