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Sorry President Clinton. It's not "arithmetic"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

3500 calories equals one pound. So to gain 6 pounds in a week, which I did during the 5% challenge, I would need to eat 21,000 calories more than I needed to meet my BMR and my exercise. Now, I may have had a few halloween goodies (say 200 cal each) but not 100. And I may have had a beer - but not 10. It just doesn't seem to add up.
We all see the person who drinks 2L of soda a day and eats at McDonalds and doesn't ever exercise. No surprises. But what about the person who DOES exercise, who eats prepackaged portion control meals, who gets enough fiber and protein and does everything "right" and still doesn't lose weight.
Is is strength training? Is it "wheat belly"? Is it "magic pixie dust"? I don't know.
What I do know is it is NOT just "calories in, calories out" or, as I overheard the other day, "People who are fat just need to learn to eat less."
A friend who is a Dr told me that, amazingly, every one of his overweight patients "doesn't eat anything" and I'm sure we are all guilty of underestimating intake at times (great artical in cooking light magazine this month about calories from grazing at a party and the range among guests - 350-1800). However, he told me also that "If I had the secret do you think I'd be carrying around 75 extra pounds?"
As we go into a holiday where overindulgence is the rule I hope to keep my sanity. I know I've had days where the scale fluctuates pounds in hours and it's not just the gallon of water I've drunk.
Maybe I need to move up from arithmetic to differential calculus. Happy Thanksgiving! Take a walk before or after the Turkey! Keep plugging! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NILLAPEPSI 11/21/2012 9:01PM

    My plan is to drink a lot of water & eat a large apple before I head over to my sister's for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Just keep in mind all your hard work. emoticon

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POPSY190 11/21/2012 1:22PM

    I suspect there are a lot of us who could have written this! I think fluids play a huge part in this. The "calories in, calories out" brigade forget that much human biology and physiology is not an exact science.

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GEMINISUE 11/21/2012 12:11PM

    Release stress
Drink enough water
Eat enough protein
One Meal at a time
If you notice you are putting food in your mouth, and you didn't know it Get Rid of It, or don't eat anymore of it. (I do this sometimes, just recognizing it, though)
Sea Salt instead of table salt (sugar in table salt, check box) a pinch of sea salt in each glass of water, will help release tissues holding ability,of liquids.
Keep It Simple!
Let go of worrying about it.
Sleep 8 hours
Drink Ice Water within 30 minutes of getting up, and before exercising, this increases metabolism while doing morning chores/work, and adds a bonus of still working after you stop exercising.

We can do this!

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