A recent Washington Post article on why it’s harder for women to lose weight underscores the great cultural shift that has taken place in nutrition over the decade. It used to be taboo to assert that the intricacies of how our bodies use energy and store fat has any bearing on weight gain and weight loss. Nowadays, it has become commonplace to point out that there’s more to it than the simple (and tautological) arithmetic of “calorie in/calories out”.
How our bodies work actually has something to do with how our bodies actually work. Replacing one tautology for another, I know, but progress still.