It is not in the calories; it is in the chemistry. Finally a diet that speaks to me. As a measurement expert I have studied calorie consumption, calorie burning, weight gain and have noticed there was no corollary in my case. No matter how I measure and plot the points I could not get the two sides of the equation to relate to each other. I even tried to factor in time delay of a day or two for the time lag of the internal organs.
But chemistry has always had a strong correlation to unexpected weight gain or loss. So the infomercial last week struck a weak spot in my beliefs. Not enough for me to send them lots of money for their program. But enough for me to catalog their theories and list of bad foods and start plotting weight gain or loss verses some of their suggestions and some of my own suspicions.
The human body is full of chemistry and chemical interactions. It is a complex system that self regulates without the help of my measuring and plotting data points. The outside world is also full of complex chemistry. Look at all the types of de-icer you can purchase to clear the ice off the sidewalks in the winter. All remove the ice from the sidewalk but some damage the nearby grass. Some only work on sunny days to amplify the warmth of the sun. Some are expensive. And some are found in the back yard for free. Each has a different chemical reaction with the ice but the eventual results are the same.
Chemistry also affects the design and installation of instruments. O-rings are notorious for being affected by the chemistry of the process. But external corrosion is also an example of chemistry affecting our work. The types of lubricants used in equipment may interact with other chemistry in the area to cause a problem. Process leads plugging is a clear case of chemistry and physics at work.
So the next time you have a recurring problem with no clear cause start looking at the possible chemical interactions. If you measure and plot enough points you may find something that correlates to your problem.
Until next month,
Self proclaimed Automation Expert, CAP, and PE