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Every weekday morning, I help put together the webpage for Health News Florida, a nonprofit website that compiles health-related stories from around the state and also features original reporting.

Tuesday morning, I was trolling for consumer stories and found this headline:

Total rethink needed on dieting: scientists

Whaa?

To sum up, researchers at the National Institutes of Health, speaking at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting in Vancouver, have come up with a completely new way to calculate the amount of calories needed to lose weight and then keep it off.

The new model gives dieters a calorie target to reach your goal weight and another for permanent weight loss. Exercise is also calculated in.

I checked out the NIH Human Weight Simulator (you can check it out HERE) and plugged in my current weight, my target weight, how long I want it to take and my activity level.

As the Beastie Boys say, ch-check it out!

 

Human wt simulator
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Not sure whether you can read it, but I decided I want to get to 175 pounds in 180 days (not my goal-goal but pretty darn close). And based on my current activity level (which is butt-kicking mode), I can eat around 1,300 calories a day, which is more in link with what I've been suspecting than the recommended 1,500-1,700 calories a day that basically have me maintaining my weight.

Intrigued by the notion of this ACTUALLY WORKING, I'm going to try and hit this target every day. Not a lot of calories but tests done on adults showed that this model was accurate.

You can click on various advanced controls, one of which shows how many calories you need to burn in a day to "make your burn" as they say on The Biggest Loser.

You can also tweak the percentage of carbs in your diet, your current body fat percentage and other variables.

It's pretty cool and validates what I've been experiencing all alone -- cutting my calories more than I want while exercising like a madwoman will take off the weight.

Hooray.

 

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