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?
Happy New Year! This is a time of year when most Americans resolve to lose weight, manage debt/save money, get a better job, get fit, eat right, improve their marriage, better quality time with family, read the Bible, get a better education, drink less pop, drink less alcohol, quit smoking, reduce stress overall, take a trip, or volunteer to help others. Only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually follow through.
I believe in making small changes that you can live with forever. That’s why I came up with a little challenge called the 250/250 Challenge.
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!!
Proper caloric intake is not just beneficial to weight loss goals, but is necessary for survival, efficiency and optimal function in daily life. I think it is important to approach the topic of caloric intake with a diversity of goals in mind: caloric and nutrient intake for health, weight maintenance, weight loss, and/or weight gain. Like exercise, diet and nutrition is not "one size fits all," but is unique to each individual.