How To Lose Weight? Thermodynamics, Biochemistry, Or Psychology?

If you were to talk to a physicist about being overweight, everything would look simple and logical: the energy that enters the body with food will be spent to maintain the vital functions of the human body, and the rest will be “stored” in adipose tissue. The solution is simple: the energy expenditure must be greater than the energy intake.

A conversation with a biochemist would be even simpler: a fat molecule interacts with oxygen, resulting in the formation of carbon dioxide and water. In other words, to lose weight, the body needs to start using these molecules, for example, with additional physical activity: we exhale air saturated with carbon dioxide and sweat out excess water.
C55N104O6 + 78 O2 = 55 CO2 +52 H2O
Biochemists would complicate life a bit with all sorts of aerobic and anaerobic cellular respiration.

Doctors and endocrinologists would explain it with hormones and the hypothalamus. But all this is very far from reality, in which it is difficult to lose weight!

Yes, it is not easy, especially for a long period of time.

A person needs something to hold on to in order to hold on. After all, when you’re on a diet, your willpower consciously fights against your appetite and the desire to eat. And this is a constant effort to suppress the desire to eat. Eventually, we get exhausted and break down: “The house is burnt down, the barn is burning!” Can you imagine the constant frustration with your imperfection?

On the other hand, the struggle inside our heads takes on a life of its own. The paradox is that we reinforce the image of food by imagining how we are fighting it.

You know the children’s game: never, under any circumstances, think about a red refrigerator. This is how our perception does not understand the particle “not”. We first recall an object in our minds, and then push away from it, denying it. That is, when we constantly suppress the desire to eat, we create and scroll through images of food in our minds. We think about pizza all the time, and whenever we do, pizza materializes 😉

So, lasting changes are only possible with positive motivation. It is necessary to move away from a diet against something towards a lifestyle for something. It is better to keep in mind the image of yourself as healthy, active, and satisfied with life, eating fresh vegetables or your favorite fruits ☺ Oh, and don’t forget about non-carbonated water!!!

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Written by Bella Adams

I'm a professionally-trained, executive chef with over ten years in Restaurant Culinary and hospitality management. Experienced in specialized diets, including Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw foods, whole food, plant-based, allergy-friendly, farm-to-table, and more. Outside of the kitchen, I write about lifestyle factors that impact well-being.

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