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U.S. Gov. Unveils New Weight Loss Calorie Counting Model


The U.S. government has revealed a new weight loss calorie counting formula. We may have become familiar with the old model that says if we eat 500 fewer calories per day we create a weekly caloric deficit of 3,500 calories which will then result in the loss of one pound. Over time, it adds up to 52 pounds lost in a year.

However, according to the new model, you will cut 250 calories per day and this is expected to yield a total weight loss of approximately 25 pounds in three years.

There is a new Web-based simulator at the official National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Web site which helps dieters to determine how much weight they can expect to lose, and allows for personalization according to current weight, height, gender.

Visit for details on how to use it and find more details here: NIH research model predicts weight loss.

The rationale for the lower numbers is that it is taking into account what happens when we lose weight. In other words, we may have plateaus, we may lose more initially, we may lose slower as we reach the goal weight. Any veteran dieter has likely experienced all of this, and may search at various times for methods to jump-start weight loss, break a weight loss plateau, get rid of that stubborn last 5 or 10 pounds of body fat.

For a discussion of the new model see the video above. Dietitian Keri Glassman, a Women’s Health magazine contributor, made an appearance on Weds. Aug. 31, 2011 on the CBS Early Show to discuss the new formula.

Skinny Bliss readers, tell us what are your thoughts on the new weight loss calculator?

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