lose-weight-1968908_960_720The weight loss industry is a giant machine worth tens of billions of dollars each year. New diets gain popularity each bathing suit season promising fast easy results. Fitness crazes come and go, selling energetic dance routines and body weight exercises for high dollars, guaranteeing the pounds will melt away in thirty days or less. Yet, obesity continues to increase despite the efforts of fitness professionals and marketing experts. Why? Because weight loss is a simple math problem and cannot be sold as a video or in a bottle.

Weight Loss Math

Every day your body requires fuel to stay alive. Anything beyond what is required is extra. The total amount of fuel the body consumes is your caloric intake. Throughout each day your body uses this fuel to move, to think, and to move air in and out.

The fuel used by the body is called calories burned. If the body has left over fuel, it will be converted to weight. If the body needs extra fuel to accomplish its tasks for the day, it will borrow against its reserves and will lose weight. The body keeps a running total, whenever it reaches 3500 more calories burned than consumed, a pound of fat is lost. And when 3500 calories are consumed and are not subsequently burned, a pound of fat is gained.

Calories are Calories Regardless of Marketing

Regardless of what you eat and how much you exercise this formula will not change. Paleo, Adkins, and South Beach diets do not have the power to change it. You are still consuming calories. CrossFit does not multiply the number of calories burned. Calories burned are the same whether they were deleted during high-intensity workouts or strolling through the park. To lose weight, all you need to do is consume fewer calories than you burn. Follow this formula and you will see results.