The Theory

I’ve been told, “one of the keys to writing a successful blog, is to find a subject matter you are passionate about.” After starting three other blogs, I’ve come to understand that statement. There are many reasons for why I am writing “By the Numbers.” At the end of the day, I think this is the one I can finally get behind.

“By the NUMBERS” is my attempt to share an easy and fun way to track the nutritious foods you eat, amount of daily exercise. Simply put, you will use simple tools to add up the amount of daily calories and nutrients you consume, then subtract the ALL of the calories you burn, to come up with your daily totals. These totals are what will determine whether adding or subtracting activities, calories, carbs, etc., are required. Makes sense right? Of course, calories are only part of the equation, but it is an important one. I hope to share with you some of the tools I’ve discovered for researching the data I deem necessary for truly understanding the numbers. It will be up to the individual to do the math necessary to effectively equate their desired results.

We will cover the following:

  • How many calories does the food you eat contain?
  • What other numbers are important for reaching your weight loss goals?
  • What foods are important to your success?
  • How many calories do you burn through daily activities?
  • How many calories should you eat daily?
  • How much activity do you need in a day to burn off excess calories?
  • Recipes that not only taste good, but are easy to make?
  • Other tips and examples from personal experience.
  • Recently I have added ISAGENIX to the mix.

I am neither a dietitian, physical trainer, doctor or any other certified professional. What I am is someone who has successfully lost weight following this program. It all started a few years ago when I had gained a bunch of weight and went to the doctor to get answers. There wasn’t much mystery behind the problem. I contracted a virus that infected my heart. Drastic things needed to happen, or I could die.

They gave me an outline for a low sodium and low potassium diet. I was to keep the numbers below 2000 mg of each per day (not as easy as I first thought). You won’t believe how much sodium is in every day foods. Don’t even get me started on the levels of potassium. Anyway, I researched and discovered a few online tools to help me research and monitor the levels of the ingredients and minerals in the foods I ate. With the tools, I was able to eat enough of what I wanted and keep the numbers below the limitations of the diet.  I kept myself active and monitoring everything I ate and drank; and after  3-4 weeks I went back to the doctor and shocked them with my new numbers. My blood pressure was significantly lower and I had lost over 15 pounds.

Now… I don’t expect everyone to have the same results. As you read on the disclaimer of every diet commercial, “individual results may vary.” We all have different lives, responsibilities and levels of daily activities. These factors play will play a major roles in what you use for calculating the total calories burned daily.

I hope you like it…

Contact me anytime at and follow me on

Twitter @javilabbe

Thanks – Javier


2 thoughts on “The Theory

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  1. Are you going to blog in 2015…your old isagenix posts from 2012 onward we’re helpful to read cause I’m finding myself in the same boat. I think after reading your posts, I’m feeling refocused and ready to continue tomorrow!! Would be great to hear an update on how your weight loss/management lifestyle has been going and where you’re at now:)

    Hope all is well and looking forward to seeing some activity on your blog again! New year…new start, right?!:)

    Cheers to 2015!

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