Saturday, June 08, 2013
Another week has come and gone and it's getting hot here in central California, 100+ . I'm spending the majority of my time indoors because I'm too old to be out in heat like this!
This week I did things a little differently, I haven't been to the gym once. Matter of fact, I have done very little in the way of "fitness", with the exception of a few hours of work at my grandmother's house, preparing it to be sold. Instead of busting my butt at the gym I concentrated on keeping my calories low this week. In fact I averaged about 1,500 cals per day which is below the low end of my scale as per SP.
The reasoning for doing this is both simple and very complicated.
Simple: Our bodies are already carrying around lots of stored energy, we don't NEED to fuel it up as much as we currently do. In other words, our gas tanks never get anywhere near empty before we fill them back up again.
Complicated: When we are at rest, our bodies burn ~50% carbs and 50% fat to keep us alive and breathing. Once we start doing something, cardio, strength training, etc. the ratio changes so that much more carbs are being burned than fat. Also, when doing strenuous activities, like exercise, we are doing damage to our bodies (on a small scale) and that damage requires us to take in fuel to help repair the damage. Thus we end up in a cycle of eating to repair the micro damage, and doing micro damage to off set the eating.
I have found through this last week that it is easier to cut back the calories, below what Spark People and all of the other mainstream outlets say that I need than it is to bust my butt in the gym everyday, which was aggravating my back and hip pain.
Let's take a look at the numbers for the week.
Weight : 210.2
Lost : 1.0
Total : 107
I lost one pound this week and I did nothing to earn it. I cut back my calories and drank a lot of water that's it.
I know what I've said here sounds like blasphemy to a lot of people, but stop and think about everything you've ever been told about weight loss and fitness, so many contradicting theories and plans out there. What if the real truth about health was known by scientists over 100 years ago, but since then people have learned how to twist the truth so they can make a buck? Weight loss is a multi billion dollar industry and just like that other multi billion dollar industry, pharmaceuticals, the money is in keeping people needing what they're selling, not in selling them a real "fix" to their problem.
I urge you all to check out a blog that I have followed for about 2 years
This blog is written by a NASA scientist who worked on thermodynamics for the space program. He had some weight to lose and did it like a scientist would, testing. He has since built his own lab and conducts tests and trials on himself and others. As of this point in time, he has nothing to sell, he does accept donations to help pay for lab equipment though. I think he may be planning on writing a book in the future, to help people learn the truth about weight loss and health.
The scientists name is Ray Cronise, and he may be familiar to anybody who read the 4Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. He's the guy that used cold therapy to shed excess weight.
Have a great weekend!