Looking at scenarios from a zoomed-out perspective often paints a different picture than when you zoom in.
For instance, an article recently posted on Tom's Guide, a popular internet destination, made a broad, zoomed-out claim that losing weight simply boils down to consuming fewer calories than you burn. Though this statement holds some truth, it fails in practical application more often than not due to key reasons we've uncovered through various books. These books, with their premise and ability to delve deep into details, contrast with generalized statements that lack the luxury of in-depth exploration.
When you zoom out and say that consuming fewer calories than you burn will lead to weight loss, you're skipping over a multitude of complexities. For one, the methods we use to track calorie consumption are often inaccurate. The caloric content listed on food packaging is typically an average and can be incorrect. Moreover, our bodies adjust to our eating habits. When we eat less, our bodies consume fewer calories, and when we eat more, our bodies may consume more calories.
So, if someone decides to eat less in an attempt to lose weight, they often find that their body starts to burn fewer calories. This person, who is now eating less, will likely be unsatiated and hungry, leading to potential irritability and general unhappiness. Their body might go into a state of emergency, thinking it's receiving fewer calories, and thus start burning fewer calories.
Further complicating things, studies have shown that when people consume a certain number of calories, they often engage in 'nits', or small subconscious activities such as fidgeting, that burn calories. This activity tends to increase when people eat more food. The human body is a complex organism, and it's impossible to simplify weight loss to just consuming fewer calories. The number of calories we burn can also decrease when we take in fewer calories.
The actual key to losing weight shouldn't focus on consumption but on burning more calories than consumed. This idea is valid when you zoom out and provide a holistic view to someone lacking understanding about how the body works, but when you zoom in, you find that eating less doesn't necessarily lead to weight loss.
This concept of zooming in and out can also apply to other life aspects such as getting out of debt, saving money, earning money, or becoming wealthy. These efforts all move in the same direction but require different strategies depending on the situation. When you zoom out, you get one message, but when you zoom in, the message often changes.
Books are excellent tools for zooming in, as they provide detailed information that general information often lacks. However, even books can base their details on the premise of a zoomed-out perspective.
Consider the topics of getting rich and getting out of debt. These two different goals are moving in the same direction. Popular best-selling authors discuss these topics, but their messages and recommendations can sometimes be factually incorrect. To appeal to the masses, they make several assumptions about their audience's capabilities and make recommendations based on these assumptions.
For instance, if you want to get out of debt, the advice is often to eliminate debt. While this is true when you zoom out, zooming in reveals that debt drives the economy. Some of the world's wealthiest people have acquired their wealth through debt. When you zoom in, you learn that not all debt is bad. Good debt, with low interest, can be an asset and earn you money with certain risks.
Perhaps the most common form of debt is a mortgage. If you zoom out, paying interest on a mortgage might seem unfavorable. You could be paying double the house's worth over 30 years. However, zooming in shows that $100,000 today is not the same as $100,000 in 30 years, due to inflation and the compounding nature of inflation. Not to mention, if the cash for a house was invested in stocks and bonds, the returns over 30 years would likely outperform a low mortgage rate on a house by a factor of 2 or 3.
This is where iChatBook steps in. It allows us to access the secret knowledge behind these secret doors, primarily through books. The problem is, we often don't have the time to read all the books we want to. Some have tried to solve this by providing book summaries, but these tend to offer a zoomed-out perspective.
iChatBook allows us to zoom into these books and pick out just what we need to learn about, whether it's weight loss, nutrition, personal finance, business, building a startup, MVP, engineering, education, and more. iChatBook and its future competitors are revolutionizing how we interact with books. We're excited to have you join us on this thrilling ride. Happy reading!