Monday, May 11, 2009

Weight Loss and Math Don't Work

Here is a little tip for anyone trying to lose weight: don't give up, especially when you are trying to stick with your lifestyle changes and exercise and the scale isn't obeying the laws of the known universe.

Many people will in fact tell you to stay away from the "evil scale". I am a numbers/statistics kinda person so I have to weigh on a daily basis. I only note positive weight changes but trust me that the scale doesn't always go down for me.

There are many reasons why the weight comes off and sometimes doesn't come off when we are trying to eat better and exercise. Just know that "stick-to-it-iveness" is what is needed and that weight didn't pop on our bodies over night.


My body burns at rest about 3000 calories a day. I consume about 1600 to 1800 calories a day. That is a deficit of 1200 calories a day. Experts tell us that it takes 3500 calories burned to lose a pound or vice versa to gain weight. 7 x 1200 = 8400 Calorie deficit in the course of a week. 8400 / 3500 = 2.4 pounds that should have been shed by the end of the week. But wait there is more: I rode 109 miles on the bike which according to burned over 6200 Calories. That makes a total Calorie deficit of 14,600 or just over 4 lbs. Well after all the effort in eating well and riding so much I lost less than a pound (.6 lbs).

Am I discouraged? No. Do it like it? No. But it happens and it isn't anyone's fault. I just stick with the plan - my body is adjusting and that weight will come off eventually.

Moral: Stick to it. Never Give up. Just Do It.


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