An exercise physiologist explained exercise and food to me this way. Our bodies need so many calories just survive, there are ways of figuring out how many that is. He used a machine with me that determined I required about 1400 per day just to make my body work (heart rate, organ function, brain function ect.)
When we exercise we burn calories so we need to give them back to our bodies.
Now if you are looking to lose weight you simply give back a bit less then you burned.
For example: I need 1400 per day. If I go for a run and burn 400 this means my body now needs 1800 calories (1400+400=1800). If I want to lose weight I just don't eat back all 400 calories creating a deficient.
That is how it was explained to me and going off this way of thinking I have seen progress on the scale (when I weigh in which isn't too often) and on my tape (which I take monthly).
Edited by: TANITHSEH1011 at: 4/23/2014 (23:42)
Never discourage anyone who makes continual progress, no matter how slow.
The body can naturally fluctuate by several pounds from day to day, due to water weight changes rather than an increase or decrease in body fat. It is a mistake to read too much into just one or two weigh-ins.
And specifically, when you start/increase an exercise program, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water. It takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to your muscles more efficiently, and helps them cope with the new demands you are making of them. But this increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat.
However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, and typically this shows up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative. The tape is actually a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale. And if you haven't been measuring to date, are your clothes fitting better.
And if Spark is recommend an increased intake for you to go with an increased level of activity, there are sound nutritional reasons for doing so, and it should still have you losing fat. (Noting that this is not quite the same thing as your overall weight, as above).
The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
Okay, I know i could probably plug the question into a search engine, but I'm in palace I would prefer someone explain it to me please…
Now My weight loss has come to a crawl… (for two weeks the scale didn't move at all.. then increased now back down) According to SP It seems I also have the added problem of exercising too much (I never thought i'd have this kind of problem!!!)
Twice this past month alone have my calorie numbers been increased at SP's recommendation because I'm working too hard. What's the deal? There really is such a thing as exercising too much?
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