How Do I Gain WeightWhile it’s not as common a goal as losing weight, there are a significant number of people that have weight gain as their goal. The reasons are as varied as the individuals but could include wanting to gain weight for a sport, wanting to put on some pounds after rehabilitating from an injury or you are just underweight and have trouble making the scale go up or your Doctor has asked you to gain weight.
This pumpkin pie was a treat given to me by one of my Pilates clients after my first lumpectomy last November. And yes, it's not a cancer fighting food. It's a celebratory one. "Once in a while a little treat is ok," said my doctors and nurses when I called them about this little slice of pie. Hey, I didn't want cancer again. So this is a case where I was told, it is okay to have your pie and eat it too.
We've all seen the advertisements. Workouts focusing on how many calories you "burn" within a given time frame. After all, it's what most of us want to know right? Cause if I burn so many calories, it can justify so many other actions that I take within the day, week, month. How did we get to a point as a society where our views have become so narrow minded, that the calorie "burn" is the only thing that matters?
It isn't all about the calories!! It is about the type of food we eat. Unprocessed whole raw foods take more energy=calories to break down. For example, protein takes 20% of it's energy just to break it down. So le'ts say you eat 500 calories of protein a day. Your body only takes in 400 because it took 100 calories just to break down the protein.
We didn’t have it too bad when we were kids. We had cartoons, toys, and milk break. The hardest question we had to decide was, “Chocolate or White?” Well, for me it was anyways, and I almost always went with white milk (because I genuinely liked the taste of white milk, not because I was a weird kid or anything...), which then presented the question, “Skim or 2%.”Yeah, back in the day…
The only way to know the accurate calories that you are actually burning on any cardio machine like the Curve, the elliptical trainer, row machine, or bike is to wear a heart rate monitor with a chest strap. It actually reads the accurate number of calories you are burning. Do you realize most cardio machines over estimate the calories burned by 30 to 40%? A machine will estimate calories burned based on a 150 pound person if you press quick start. In addition, even if you put in your own weight, the machine is off.
I was up all night by only the light of a candle calculating formulas, checking and re-checking notes I made on napkins for the past year and going over old emails from colleagues. Not shaving in over a month, barely eating and with little sleep, I believe all the hard work has paid off…the secret to losing weight while not feeling hungry. Here it is….PUT MORE FOOD IN YOUR BELLY!!