This Man Is Furious Because He Listened to His Brother’s Weight Loss Tips but Ended up Gaining 2 Pounds Instead

A guy recently asked for some advice after he couldn’t help his brother lose weight. His brother got mad when he told him he was eating too much, but he thought he was just being honest. Here’s his side of the story.

The man’s brother is overweight

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He is 5’10 and weighs around 200 pounds, and his family all want him to lose some weight as they are worried about his health. 

His family asked him to help his brother

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The man’s family wanted him to help as he stays fit and has experience as a personal trainer. He is also studying a premedical course and has some academic knowledge about health and well-being.

The man didn’t want to help directly

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He told his family that it would be better to contact a professional, such as a doctor or a nutritionist, but they said they would rather he helped them.

He asked his brother if he wanted his help

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His brother agreed to let him help, so he explained to his brother that the key to weight loss is a caloric deficit. He also told him that although doing cardio was good, his brother would be better off eating 500 calories under what he needed to maintain his current weight to burn weight quicker. 

He did the math

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The man calculated how many calories his brother should be eating per day. Because there are multiple ways to calculate and work out calorie intake, he ran several calculations and averaged them. He then told his brother how he should measure his calories.

His brother gained weight

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A week later, the man’s brother came to him and told him that his methods were wrong. He had weighed himself and had gained two pounds.

He doubted his brother was following his advice

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“I told him this was quite literally impossible if he was following the caloric restriction. Doctors haven’t reported any illnesses that could cause weight gain/prevent weight loss, and I haven’t noticed any symptoms of any such diseases, so in that case, eating less quite literally would have to mean weight loss,” he said.

He agreed to monitor his brother’s food intake

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The man’s brother insisted he was doing everything right, so the two agreed that he would show the man everything he was eating the next day.

His brother was overeating

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The next day, he immediately saw his brother’s issue. His brother was eating what he assumed were small portions but were quite large. “For example, he ate two slices of pizza and estimated it was 200 calories because it’s only two slices, and ate a scoop of ice cream and estimated it as 50 calories,” he said.

He worked out the actual calorie count

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“I tallied up the actual amount of calories he was eating, and he was eating 1000 more than he needed to maintain his weight, or in other words, 1500 more than the amount he’s supposed to eat to lose weight,” he said.

They had a conversation about his eating habits

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The man told his brother that the science didn’t lie and that it was clear he was eating too much food to lose any weight. He then told him that he didn’t have to lose weight if he didn’t want to. But if he did, he was eating too much food.

His brother got frustrated

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The man’s brother got angry at him and tried to start an argument. He didn’t think it was fair that his brother was being so mean when he was only trying to help. He asked his brother repeatedly if this was something he wanted to do, and he said it was, so the man wasn’t forcing anything on him that he didn’t want onto him.

He asked the internet for advice

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Unsure if his handling of the situation caused his brother to react the way he did, he turned to Reddit for advice. 

People responded

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One commenter said, “Your brother needs to go to a doctor who actually knows what they’re doing and talking about to better understand.”

Someone else replied, “As a dietitian, I think you are being put in a position you are not qualified for. It actually is possible for our weight to fluctuate day to day, depending on MANY things.”

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