## Einstein and Weight Loss

Weird idea of the day: why your excessive butt or belly is so unresponsive to exercise, but so responsive to how much you eat.

Of course it is the equation. He won the Nobel Prize for something else, but the famous three term equation rings like a common field through separate universes from weight loss to particle physics.

The equation is pretty intuitive compared to most mathematical hieroglyphics, but I’m going to write it in English anyway.

Energy (what you eat)=mass (your butt) times the speed of light squared. Needless to say, the speed of light is a really big number to start with. When you square it, it gets completely out of hand.

Pretty simple. When you eat more energy than your body consumes, your butt (or belly) grows at the speed of light squared.

We all have our little indiscretions. It tastes sooo good. To get that excess mass off your butt, you must set the treadmill to the speed of light squared.

Simple (wink).

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### 3 Responses to Einstein and Weight Loss

1. Wim Röst says:

The body seems to have ‘it’s own weight’. Varying food quantities don’t affect the total weight too much. At least, this is what I experienced when I was still young.

I wandered what kind of mechanisms the body could use to stabilize someone’s weight on a certain level. I suppose ‘extra burning’ is one of those mechanisms. I often thought that I could notice that big eaters ‘felt very warm’. Perhaps the reason for the excess heat was that the body tried to burn the excess. But it is also possible that the enhanced digestive process itself is producing this extra energy. It requires ‘work’ to digest.

Gradually changing the norm for ‘quantity’ may trick the body. In Paleo times, we ate when we were hungry. And it required ‘work’ to gather food. Right now the fridge is filled and we can eat ‘when we like it’. And most times we like it (me too). ‘The fridge’ and conservation methods structurally changed our system of ‘eating’. By structurally ‘changing back’ our ‘system of eating’ we could control.

The French found a solution. They made the choice for ‘quality’ instead of ‘quantity’. ‘Fast food’ (large quantities) is not very present in France. This system is no guarantee for ‘control’, but it helps. At least we can do ourselves the favor that, when diminishing ‘quantity’, we can have more pleasure by enjoying ‘quality’.

Perhaps it is still more the ‘M’ than the ‘C squared’ that makes us gain weight with the speed of light.

• gymnosperm says:

Hi Wim, nice to have some fun now and then!

2. Wim Röst says:

And so it is, gymnosperm!

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