New Model for Weight Loss?

I don’t mean to just be a clearing house for links, but this article –  “Total Rethink Needed on Dieting – scientists”  – caught my eye this morning. It doesn’t strike me as a total re-think, it actually strikes me as something that the more serious weight loss programs have been upfront about but that the more consumer-oriented programs often neglect to mention – that as your weight drops, your baseline metabolic rate drops with it so you need to recalculate. But, it could be that I’ve skimmed too quickly and need to go back and re-read a little more thoroughly.

I haven’t had a chance to play with the simulator linked in the article yet, but I’m curious if any of you have had the opportunity, and what your thoughts are on it.  (You’ll need to allow the applet access to your computer to load it, but it seems legit and upfront to me – it’s coming from the National Institutes of Health and US Dept of Health and Human Services).


2 Responses to “New Model for Weight Loss?”

  1. Yoko Olsgaard Says:

    I played with it, Laina, and it’s interesting. I tried to simulate the 33 pounds that I have lost since November 1 and it said I should eat fewer calories than I did, and I didn’t exercise much – just a half an hour walk a few times a week. So I still think every body is different and even this tool should be viewed with that in mind. My body seems to be shedding weight with a lot more calories taken in (but they were all low carb calories)… I don’t know.. I have this feeling that my body just doesn’t do as well on simple carbs as complex carbs,. Maybe I expend extra calories dealing with the carbs that I do take in, I don’t know. Your body seems to be much more demanding of you in that regard and demands not only reduced calories but a rather high amount of activity to maintain your healthy and beautiful weight. Now the tool says that for me to lose another 10 pounds, I will need to eat around 1000 calories a day with a 30 minute walk daily. I wonder what would happen if I did the 30 minute walk a day and ate the way I am eating now (and count the calories) – I will bet that I still lose the weight with the same low carb thing that I am doing.

  2. Andie Says:

    I tried to fiddle with it, and to read the article, but got distracted by thoughts of vanilla lattes and cookies (mentioned in the article), which suggests I need to stop catching up on blogs and make breakfast!

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