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!