New Year's resolutions have long been a platform for aspirations, where losing weight often takes the spotlight. In Mexico, where over 70% of the adult population carries extra kilos, this yearning for a leaner physique is more than just a passing fancy. It's a pressing concern. Yet, for all its frequency, weight loss frequently emerges as the most abandoned goal on the list. Why is this the case? The answer may lie in a concept many are yet to fully understand: energy balance.
Graciela Caire Juvera, a researcher at the Nutrition Coordination of the Food and Development Research Center (CIAD), argues that a significant reason for this failure is the public's lack of knowledge about nutrition and health. People have a general understanding that eating moderately and exercising helps maintain weight, but many are unaware of what the term 'energy balance' actually entails.