How Jay Wiener is changing the world
I’m a mathematician who founded and ran several small businesses. I retired when I was 49... six months later I had a major heart attack. Weighing 328 probably didn’t help. Over the next few years I lost over 100 pounds but couldn’t find a simple way to establish a goal weight:
the BMI calculators were useless.
As a mathematician, I was just the right person to solve this problem. I ended up writing an algorithm to determine a person’s healthy weight range based on 25 factors, then built a business to market it. It smashes an obsolete “medical” formula that has given bad advice to countless dieters and athletes: the Body Mass Index.
I also started a weight loss blog which became even more popular than the algorithm, so I wrote a book: The 16-Word Diet.
I’m hardcore. No fads, no touchy-feely Oprah-style solutions, no miracle breakthroughs, just honest science backed by legitimate research.
Jay says a calorie is not actually a calorie
Calories count. A lot. However, a calorie is not a calorie. Calories from different foods are metabolized differently, with different results. Worse, calorie counts often have little to do with the amount of calories we absorb. Dieters, diabetics, etc. are monitoring their calories based on inaccurate, obsolete information: the calorie counts and the available grams of sugar are simply wrong.
The solution? Portion control.
3 things to tell your friends
In Scientific American, Rob Dunn focuses on three issues with counting calories.
- Almost every packaged food features calorie counts in its label. Most counts are inaccurate because they are based on a system of averages that ignores the complexity of digestion.
- Recent research reveals that how many calories we extract from food depends on which species we eat, how we prepare our food, which bacteria are in our gut and how much energy we use to digest different foods.
- Current calorie counts do not consider any of these factors. Digestion is so intricate that calorie counts will never be accurate.