Chapter 2 – Clearing Up The Gunk in Weight Loss
Both of the options from the previous chapter actually have some truth somewhere in there beginning. The validity gets lost in the extreme renditions of execution. The absurdity is practically like: if you believe hard enough a fairy will magically appear and replace the tooth under your pillow with cash (I remember when it was a measly quarter) or the reindeer in the arctic will become airborne on December 24th (I could have sworn I was St. Nick, sleigh and the whole crew of reindeer in 1968 in the sky at midnight – honest!). Weight loss is not a wish to eliminate calories but it is a management of their consumption – a lifestyle change. And yes, you have to do some work.
Here a brief physiology lesson regarding weight loss:
Your body is made up of cells and systems. As a living organism you must eat. As humans we require vitamins and minerals (these are micronutrients), proteins, carbohydrates and fats (these are macronutrients) and most importantly – water. Lack of nutrients in your diet (by the way, diet is not a four letter word – it just means the food you eat…it’s been given a bad name) causes your body to not function as it should. Like a plant without the proper soil and amount of sunshine – it doesn’t grow as it should. If that happens for a long enough period of time, it will become unhealthy. Your body can only thrive if it has the proper balance nutrients.
Metabolism is the measurement of calories burned. Body weight by itself cannot be the determining factor. Your lean body mass (call it your skinny you) burns approximately 14 calories per pound per day, while your fat (call that your, ummm…well I guess that’s self explanatory) burn only about calories per pound per day. Let’s say you have a way to distinguish the two for your own body, you can figure out your resting metabolic rate – which will help you determine the number of calories you should eat per day.
For example, using the average woman’s lean body mass (LBM) of 100 pounds. With each pound of LBM burning 14 calories per day, at minimum she would burn 1400 calories from. Then if she had 20 pounds of body fat (remember, fat burns about 2 calories per pound per day) that would be a whopping 40 calories more. If she had a desk job, and did not exercise, basically speaking 1440 calories would sustain her lifestyle. If she were to consume the “recommended daily 2000 calories, she would gain weight – creeping up on her over a fairly brief period of time. One day she would wake up and stunned that her favorite jeans won’t zip. “But I did what was recommended…” is her thought.
Each person has a specific amount of lean body mass, body fat (both a needed amount and then there could be an excess amount). Your lean body mass can be measured in various ways – some are more accurate (and more expensive) than others. If you would like to have yours lean body measured I am inviting you to contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be more than happy to help you on your journey. In addition to that, the type of physical activity a person has daily and his/her daily exercise routine plays a role in the calories burned. We are not cookie-cutter bodies – each person is unique in their metabolism.
Truthfully, one can lose weight without exercise, but to lose it in a healthy manner, the food must be highly nutritious. To be fit and lose weight, exercise must be incorporated in the process.