assume the couple who took my puppy from his crate outside
my hotel in Flagstaff Arizona on Christmas Eve morning
thought they were doing a good deed. From the note they
left, they assumed he had been left out in the cold all
night. They were mistaken.
assumed — after taking him out earlier that morning for a
romp and feeding — that he would be safe in the morning
sun as I prepared to leave the hotel. I was mistaken.
make mistaken assumptions in the world of nutrition as well.
One is the rule of thumb — based on calculations done in
1958 — that we will lose one pound of body fat for every
3,500 calories we cut from our diet. Based on what we know
now, this formula is too simple for those who need to lose
more than just a few pounds, according to an article in
Today’s Dietitian by registered dietitian Densie Webb,
more complex formulas have been developed to factor in how
the body adapts to weight loss over time, says Webb. In
other words, we may need to adjust our calorie goals as we
continue to lose weight.
lost my puppy, I was encouraged to learn about online help
to recover lost pets. Lost Dogs Arizona on Facebook got me
in touch with helpinglostpets.com —a national outreach to
locate lost animals. That led to more information from the
Arizona Border Collie Rescue organization.
new formulas to calculate weight loss goals are now
available online. Nutrition experts at the National
Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a Body Weight
Simulator to help calculate calorie goals for weight loss
and weight maintenance.
researchers in Baton Rouge, La., have also developed an
online calculator to predict how much weight one can expect
to lose in a specific amount of time at certain calorie
simpler — yet more accurate — formula than the
3,500-calorie rule is this, according to NIH investigators:
Every 10 fewer calories that we eat each day will eventually
lead to the loss of one pound of body fat…but it may take
more time to get there than was originally estimated in
assumptions about weight loss therefore need adjusting, say
experts. When we do it right, weight loss may be slow, even
slower than we thought. Current research has confirmed that
we need patience and consistency to successfully lose excess
we approach this New Year, we can learn from the past and
adjust to new information. We can remember that success
requires diligence. And I assume that someone will contact
me if they find my dear Buddy