Sunday, July 14, 2013
I had never watched the Biggest Loser until this week. But I forgot to cancel my Hulu Plus subscription (the one I started for "free" six weeks ago) and I needed something to take my mind off a conflict I was having at home and I decided to try season 1. I guess one really good thing was seeing how manipulative people can be, helped me examine my attitude and make sure I wasn't taking offense at someone else's injury. That week 2 plateau was really something. I wonder if they were just not eating enough in some of the cases.
I've always remembered what my brother who is a trainer said, about how that show demonstrated that almost anyone can lose a significant amount of weight. It used to be assumed that a large proportion of obese people had a physiologic issue of one kind or another that would block them. I mean, motivation and attitude can be physiologic issues. Though the strange thing is a lot of people feel like being on the show itself is the magic. I guess since they don't really show you what they learn about nutrition and fitness enough to know there isn't some magic to living at the ranch, though there were people who were only there a few weeks did better than those who were there 12.
I sometimes feel like I haven't lost that much weight. Like Gary said at the run where they had to strap on the weight they'd lost, it wasn't real to him. He still felt in many ways like he hadn't changed, even though he could see it and the replaced weight was quite a burden. I always assumed the numbers on the biggest loser must be way better than mine, but with a 25.9% weight loss I did pretty well. With an estimated fat loss* of 34.1%, I could have won Season 1. Of course, this reflects 19 months plus 3 months before I was pregnant. I think I will watch enough to see what strides they have made with tracking and stuff.
I mean, I think not only can you lose fat preferentially if you take longer at a smaller calorie differential, I was able to have carbs and fat in my diet thereby sparing my protein both in my body and from the food I was eating. So maybe it's not too farfetched. And that lean mass is really key to long term maintenance. I saw some of the people whose total weight lost far outstripped their bodyfat lost, and their metabolisms are just going to spiral down. So I actually think this yielded something of value for me that I hadn't thought of in quite that way before.
*I assume they subtracted the ending bodyfat from the starting bodyfat, then divided that by the starting bodyfat. The assumption is if I was 34% bodyfat at 212. 34% was my measure based on a caliper measure when I was at my halfway point. I just threw lean mass into my spreadsheet, and it seems improbable that my lean mass could have been than high when I started, so my % bodyfat could have been higher.
P.S. So I guess the question is how much I want to rely on cardio. One thing watching this show has made me realize is how easy it is to rack up 10,000 steps a day watching TV on the treadmill. But I don't know if that's really enough cardio to endanger my muscle gain. I'm walking, not running. Besides, Jillian Michaels hates running. Not that she's my new role model, I just sometimes get this feeling that everyone who cares about their body runs.