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Soft Skills: The software developer's life manual by John Z. Sonmez

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Chapter 58. Thermodynamics, calories, and you

If you want to lose or gain weight, you need to have an understanding of what exactly makes you pack on pounds or melt them off. Surprisingly, there’s a huge debate in the fitness industry over whether or not the amount of your weight gain or loss is directly a factor of how many calories you eat versus how many calories you burn.

It seems like it would be a pretty easy thing to settle—I mean, to some degree we know that calories are responsible for changes in weight—but the debate about how much of an effect calories have isn’t something that can be settled so easily.

I can’t promise you an absolute, smoking-gun answer in this chapter, but I can give you some solid reasons why I tend to subscribe ...

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