This is what we now know about weight management.
1. A calorie is most certainly not a calorie.
2. Fat cells like to stay fat.
3. Genetics can influence success at dieting. We can identify genes to determine if you would have better success on a food plan that’s low-carbohydrate or low-fat or both. And, several other important behavior traits such as snacking, hunger, satiety (feeling full), eating disinhibition, food desire, and sweet tooth.
4. There are people who are skinny fat — skinny on the outside, but fat on the inside.
5. There is no such thing as willpower (see genetics above).
6. Eating behavior traits impact weight loss (see genetics above).
7. Not everyone needs to exercise for weight management.
8. Being sedentary puts on weight.
If you are one of the many individuals who have been on and off diets with success followed by weight gain (often referred to as yo-yo dieters), I strongly suggest that you get a weight management genetic test done. The results can be an invaluable tool to you and your nutrition practitioner in making an achievable food plan.