Does Entropy Affect Weight Control?

Okay, rev up that DeLorean, hit 88 mph and go back to your high school chemistry class.  Maybe you had a Doc Brown-looking teacher bore you to distraction rambling on about thermodynamics.  Perhaps you remember the word “entropy” being used but cannot quite recall the definition. Well, thermodynamically, entropy is a measure of the amount of randomness and disorder in a system.


However, there is a more “practical” use of the word entropy and this refers to a lack or order or predictability and a gradual decline into chaos.  So what does this have to do with long-term weight control? Here goes:


Without focus, planning, structuring and “management”, weight control will spiral into chaos, i.e. weight will go up.  To lose weight and maintain that healthier/happier weight, we all need to put “order” into our universe. This refers to planning your meals, shopping for the right type of food items, setting a schedule to get to the gym and basically “ordering” your “universe”.  Yes, this requires lots of work/effort. However, if we randomly allow life to take over and not exert control of our lives, there is no doubt that our weight will spin out of control.


Let’s eliminate, as possible, the concept of entropy from our lives.  And to paraphrase a very famous quote from President Kennedy and spin this into the weight control arena:  “Ask not what your environment can do for you to help you control your weight but ask what you can do to your environment to help you control your weight.”

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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