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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!

Ken Heaston
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    This is quite interesting to me. I had been in a standstill on weight loss, I was doing 30-60 minutes of exercise a day and losing Nothing. I was eating within the high range of my calories and getting very frustrated.

    Then for Lent when we give up TV I quit doing my P90 workout and my calories dropped with taking somethings out of my diet. I lost 8 lbs in 6 weeks, and I never stepped on the scale during that time.

    Your progress has reminded me of that time and I think I will go back to that mentality, and learn to enjoy the things I do eat. I was doing Mindful eating, and savoring flavors instead of being in a hurry.

    I am showing this to my husband too. He, in his engineering way, has all his calories in and calories out down to the last bit and he is finding he needs over 1000 calorie deficit each day just to maintain!

    Thanks for the link and the information.

    And congratulations on your amazing weight loss.
    1718 days ago
    Watching it now. Interesting website.
    1736 days ago
    You're .2lb away from your next goal!!!!
    1737 days ago
    Good job on the pound !!!
    1737 days ago
    You are on to somethin' :) I know the saying "you can't outwork a bad diet" ... so the key is in our diets!!

    I've been away for a while, but you're down an extra 7lbs since I've been here!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! :)
    1738 days ago
    So happy for your breakthrough last week. Sometimes less is more with even better results:) emoticon emoticon
    1738 days ago
  • GODSCHILD2_2011
    Hi Ken,

    Even though counting calories without exercising might work for some, I find that it doesn't work for me. The fact of the matter is, when I exercise along with watching what I eat, I not feel better throughout the day but I sleep better as well. I also find that when I do some type of exercise a least 3 times a week, I don't have aches and pains that I have if I go weeks without exercising.

    Now I agree that our bodies does need rest but for me right now, not exercising is not a option.

    Congrats on the 1 pound weight lost and I hope that back and hip gets better soon.
    1739 days ago
    Great job kiddo...I found your blog very interesting~

    Keep it up!
    1741 days ago
    Great work cutting the cals. I am an analytical guy so I like the scientific aspect to that blog. i will start to follow it as well. I agree in what you are saying though that is why I think rest is so important. I hardly ever work out more than 3-4 days a week. Some of the reasons are the very ones you stated. Thanks for the info Brother and congrats on the pound!!!
    1741 days ago
    "I did nothing to earn it" are you cray cray? You earned that 1lb by reducing calories! I just find that working out makes it easier for me to eat better. When I am tempted to eat a bunch of junk, I think about how much work it will take to burn it off.
    1741 days ago
  • KWING517
    ha ha! I love the comment below that "you can't out-exercise your mouth"! Boy, ain't that the truth?!?

    I agree completely that eating habits are 90% of weight loss - it doesn't matter how much exercise you do, if you over-cosume on calories, you won't lose the weight.

    Since I spent most of my adult life near 300lbs, I exercise because I can :) I love to run and play with my kids, climb on the playground equipment with them, and ride my bike as much as I can - all things I "couldn't" do when I was overweight. I do take a week here and there to slow it down and avoid the gym, but I always watch my calorie intake *very* close when I do that!

    Have a great week!!
    1741 days ago
    Way to go! Yes, I have read his blog. Congratulations on your weight loss this week. Keep up the good work (not work?)
    1741 days ago
    Congratulation on that pound bro! great work!

    I have been losing weight this year mostly by eating better. 90% of weight loss is in eating good food and portion control.

    way to go!!
    1742 days ago
    Congratulations on losing that pound! And on being such a helpful grandson :)

    There are lots of ways to lose weight and keep fit, and lots of theories and science behind them. I personally believe in doing whatever works for you as an individual.
    1742 days ago
    Congrats on the huge loss!!!!!

    I've found I can't get anywhere near the cals SP expects me to eat.1800-2400. I usually stay around 1000-1200 and feel great, any lower and I crash, any higher and I just can't eat that much.

    I eat a lot of protein and higher fat than recommended and low carbs down to 60-70 grams a day.

    Funny this week I sort of mirrored you, with the anniversary and a week of going out, I only exercised Monday and Saturday and today I've lost 0.9 kg. Usually I'm doing 15 hours of Zumba a week and feeling exhausted.

    I'll check out the link and see what he says, my best advise so far has come from the Tom Venuto book on Body builders weight loss. It really got me on the right track.

    Keep cool, lots of chill frapps for you this week :) especially with your age showing in the heat :) :) hey you're ten years younger than me!!! I dislike the heat intensely, here in Western Australia even with air con your shampoo gets hot--your clothes in the wardrobe are hot --amazing--NZ was a temperate climate-- it took a long time to get used to it here.

    Hey you could go inland a bit I saw a documentary here on the 'country' in California it looked really nice. but if travel is anything like here it's probably 3 hours from you!!!

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    1743 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    I agree with you, there are so many myths where diet and fitness are concerned. I'm studying a Fitness and Nutrition course and I couldn't believe how much exercise they recommend in order to lose weight. Some of the statements in the text book make sense, and some sounds disheartening. I know we've heard this before, but it's true, each and everyone of us have to find what work for us personally. Thank you for sharing the link, I will check it out. Congrats on your pound lost! emoticon
    1743 days ago
  • FIREFLY4407
    Thanks for sharing the link - will need to check it out. A couple of years ago I saw a NOVA episode where they trained a group of ordinary people to run the Boston marathon. All but one person did it. But despite all the training, they didn't really change their body compositions, since they weren't adjusting eating habits. This was very eye opening to me because they explained how diet trumps exercise when it comes to weight loss. Fitness is good for many reasons, but it isn't the key to weight loss the way diet is...
    1743 days ago
  • _BABE_
    The secret is out! emoticon

    However, I thought this practice was recommended for obese people and that once you lost your weight you could concentrate on your fitness level and cardiovascular endurance. Before that you were just doing damage.

    Nevertheless...what he does say ...I believe....You can’t out-exercise your mouth.
    1743 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/8/2013 6:18:36 PM
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