These past two weeks have found me maintaining and gaining weight. Six ounces to be precise. This may not seem like much in the grand scheme of things. However, nothing could be farther from the truth.
These six ounces came from calories and not enough exercise.
I can justify, water weight due to increased salt intake, a cup of coffee I drank prior to weigh in or any other number of B.S. excuses. The simple truth is, our bodies are just like a car. They need fuel to run. This fuel is known as calories. Your body also needs water and oxygen, both of which do not contain calories but that is another story.
This car of ours needs to get up in the morning, shower, get ready for work, get the kids off to school, work through the day, come home, fix dinner, watch the idiot box, shower again and go to sleep. It needs a certain amount of fuel to perform this function. This is called your basal metabolic rate. This is quite simply what you do normally everyday and it requires, for argument sake, 2,200 calories. My BMR.
Without getting into all the science and diet-guru-mumbo-jumbo-hypoglycemic-B.S., lets assume we break this requirement into six equal sized meals during the course of the day much like foraging for food. Your body processes the food, uses all the calories and discharges the waste. Hopefully not in an elevator. Nothing is leftover, therefore nothing to store and no weight gain.
If you exercise and maintain this calorie intake, you lose weight because your activity level has increased. If you suddenly do less, like sit on the couch all day working on websites and maintain this caloric intake, your body converts the calories it does not use and stores them as fat.
Long story short, it takes my car one gallon of gas to go to Carbondale and back. If I fill up the tank with 15 gallons of fuel, my car, or body if you are following this analogy, converts the remaining 14 gallons of fuel to fat and puts it in the trunk for safekeeping. Hence, my butt gets fat!
My small failure these last two weeks has reminded me of two things. I need to either lower my caloric intake because my body has gotten used to what I have been doing, or I need to step up my exercise routine.
How does anyone lose weight in my opinion? Counting calories has worked quite well for me and it is the simplest of all diets to follow. It is also FREE. To paraphrase Jim Carey from Liar, Liar, I am not sure of the exact quote, "HERE'S A CLUE FOR YOU, PUT DOWN THE FORK!"
Page 2 of 2 - I would like to add to that, "DO MORE EXERCISE AND START COUNTING THOSE CALORIES."
Legal disclaimer: I am not physician. However, I hold a nutrition certification from my college and culinary days. Before starting any diet, consult a doctor. Chances are, he or she will tell you to put down the fork and start counting calories also.
Next week: Another notch in my belt.