Simplifying weight loss

Simplifying this complex topic to help make it easier, plus some tips that helped me.

Tim Wells


First off let me preface this with the following. I am not a professional. I am not a doctor or a dietician or anything like that. I am someone who has/is on a weight loss journey. What follows is what helped me during that journey.

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Weight loss can be a complex topic and there is all sorts of things to consider. If you were to ask for advice online you might get a lot of different opinions and even some conflicting opinions.

The truth is, it’s a different journey for everyone, and what worked well for one person might not work as well for another. There is so much information and advice out there that it’s easy to get lost, confused and demotivated when things aren’t working.

BUT… not all is lost. We can simplify the massive complexity of weight loss down to something that will work for anyone. It’s not about going to the gym for an hour five days each week or doing so much cardio or whatever. What it boils down to is very simple. Think of your body as a vehicle.

The vehicle analogy

A vehicle of any sort requires fuel to run (in the case of electric vehicles, that fuel is electricity). We put fuel in, go for a drive and whatever fuel isn’t used after our drive is done is then stored for use later.

Our bodies operate in a similar way. Our bodies require fuel in order to operate, we put fuel in through eating (and drinking) and then whatever fuel isn’t used gets stored for later.

So our bodies are basically vehicles we use to navigate this world we live in.

Where it differs is that vehicles store fuel in tanks (or batteries) and we can easily see how much is left. It’s also not really possible to overfill a vehicle, whereas it definitely is possible to overfill ourselves.

Our bodies convert the food we eat into energy it can use. When there is an excess of this energy, our bodies convert it into fat (which it can then convert back to energy later) and store it in empty cells. Our bodies can create as many of these cells as are required unfortunately.



Tim Wells

Self taught software developer and photographer.