Your body does not use math to solve a weight problem

Copy of bake bread(15)You are eating right and exercising and you should be losing weight.  The problem is, your body does not know this math equation.  In fact it really is not very good at something as predictable as math.  It must  consider all that is happening inside and around you, every moment of every day. Why? because this is its job, to keep you safe and well.  It may not make sense to a brain that likes logic and predictability.   But it makes sense to a body that is fully designed to sustain itself.  Your body is continually working to take care of you.  When there is pain it is for a reason.  When it is holding on to extra fluid, it is for a reason.  When there is fatigue, it is for a reason.

So when your weight loss stalls, know it is for a reason well beyond our basic math equations of calories in and calories out.  When you have to change what you are doing for exercise because of pain or fatigue, know that you are doing so to work with a body that is continually trying to help you.  When your brain and body are working together, both work better.

We like numbers because they are so concrete. We can work with them.  But our body does not go by the numbers, it has something more powerful – the intricate coordination of all cells and systems for the one single cause of keeping you alive.

Listen to your body.  Keep Moving.  Be well,


Please share these posts with anyone you know interested in losing weight with or without weight loss surgery.  Click here to learn more about the UMass Memorial Weight Center

These weekly blogs are general guidelines. These guidelines apply to patients who are cleared by a physician for the type of exercise described. Please contact your physician with any concerns or questions. Always report any symptoms associated with exercise, such as pain, irregular heartbeats, and dizziness or fainting, to your physician.



by | September 24, 2018 · 1:00 pm

3 responses to “Your body does not use math to solve a weight problem

  1. Julie O'Malley

    Janet, I want to thank you for always providing a simple and supportive reality check. It is refreshing, to say the least! Your wise words have helped me shut off a lot of the negative messages in my own head. I’m not a bodybuilder or a marathoner; I’m someone who wants to go through life without pain and with the strength and flexibility to do what I want to do. What a concept! Just wanted to let you know your message is being heard, and it really helps!


    • keepitmovingweekly2

      Julie, thank you so much! I am inspired each day by people like you with the same goals. You are not alone in that desire for those results from exercise… I am so glad the posts are helpful! Congrats on success with knowing what you want and working to keep your mindset in that direction. Enjoy! Janet


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