The Biggest Loser and Math Class
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I watched The Biggest Loser this week and I could sure relate to their frustration. It also put my own situation into a little better perspective. So often the contestants pull ridiculous weight loss numbers...and other weeks are like this one where none of them did. These people are working out with trainers for 2 hour sessions, 3 times a day, 7 days a week. According to the math instructor they should never have a week of 1 or 2 pounds weight loss.
So, if we go strictly by the calories in/calories out rule something has gone wrong with the universe. The fact of the matter is our bodies failed math class. Two plus two will generally speaking average out to 4 in the long run but not necessarily on a day to day basis and not necessarily today. Our metabolisms shift and adjust to best accommodate what they anticipate we will need based on what we've been doing for the past few days or so. Doing a lot of resistance training? Our bodies may be busy doing repairs and laying down more muscle tissue. Throw in more factors like a bad sleep day, stress, sodium intake (swollen up like a blow fish syndrome) and the equation becomes far more complicated than the math instructor led us to believe.
Still, there's something very disheartening after working out like a maniac and counting the calories of every finger dip in the peanut butter jar only to stand on the scale and see the same exact number we've been looking at for the last week. That's where I'm at this week. I've worked out like a banshee every single day. Counted every breath I've taken practically. I wake up all excited and run to the scale because I'm absolutely positive the scale will reflect all my hard work today. Nope. The little house-elves snuck into the bathroom again and super glued the dial in the exact same spot.
Even though in my head I know about the whole adjustment thing and the adding muscle thing there's something about seeing those numbers change that is what I live for these days. I guess I'm just going to have to live a little longer to see it!