Obesity rates have MORE THAN doubled in less than 20 years which is a national crisis in itself.
While living in a nation and a world fully equipped with more than enough educational tools, advanced technology, and unlimited resources the blanket answer "We just didn't know" isn't going to fly anymore.
IF WE ARE CONSUMING MORE CALORIES THAN WE ARE BURNING WE ARE GAINING WEIGHT !!!
Lets be overly clear, CALORIES are not made to measure the amount of yummy in our food !
*** Calories ARE THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY YOUR BODY USES TO PERFORM YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES. (This number varies greatly due to lifestyle.)***
Lets say that one more time,
CALORIES ARE THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY YOUR BODY USES TO PERFORM YOUR DAILY ACTIVITIES.
Therefor when applying a calorie count to our nutrition we are calculating EXACTLY how much energy our body needs from us AND PROVIDING our body with a PROPER CLEAN ENERGY SOURCE. (food and water)
Now that we understand the true meaning of a calorie: Calorie Deficit - we burn MORE calories in the day than we consume, allowing us to lose weight if we remain consistent.
Calorie Surplus - we burn LESS calories in the day than we consume, FORCING us to GAIN weight when consistent.
The nations recommended caloric intake (which food labels + portions are based on) is 2,000 calories per person per day. Meaning the average person should not be consuming more than 2000 calories daily.
To be quite honest those working a non physical job, not exercising, and not being active likely burn between 1,200 and 1,400 calories in a 24 hour period.. NO WHERE NEAR 2,000.
If you are only burning 1,200 calories throughout the day but consuming 2,000 you will gain between 2-4 lbs. PER WEEK equating to 8-16 lbs. PER MONTH !!
Now take into consideration.. That same person working a desk job living a static lifestyle likely had a Chic Fil A meal for lunch, that 1 meal contains an average of 900 CALORIES !! Meaning you only have 300 calories left in your daily budget to divide between TWO MEALS ! Goodness forbid that person has Chic Fil A for lunch and eats out for dinner.. Now consuming 1,800 calories a surplus of 600 calories and didn't even have breakfast. And LORD ONLY KNOWS that late night binge tapped into tomorrows caloric intake as well. Leaving your DAILY consumption at MORE THAN twice the amount of calories needed.
Not only did this surplus jumpstart weight gain it also neglected to fuel our body with vitamins, minerals, clean proteins, and nutrients to support your body and its systems.. including your digestive system.
The previous example applies to a vast majority of the population.. Those going to work, being stagnant at work, not hydrating, not preparing meals, not being physically active during the day, not taking the time to workout.
So lets shed some insight on how to overcome this lifestyle that has become our nations norm.
Lets take the same person, working a desk job burning 1200 calories per day. Now lets say the subject works out each day burning an additional 600 calories. This increases her daily CALORIE EXPENDITURE to 1800 calories !
There are three options for this person:
1. Consume the 1800 calories and MAINTAIN their body weight.
2. Create a calorie deficit, so continue to consume the 1,200 calories daily while burning 600 ADDITIONAL calories from exercise allowing WEIGHT LOSS. With a deficit of 600 calories per day the subject can expect to lose between 1-2 lbs per week.
3.Create a calorie surplus, so the subject will consume MORE THAN the 1800 calories daily creating weight gain (As listed in the main example earlier in this blog)
FINALLY When considering WEIGHT in comparison to calories it is important to know that
1lb = 3500 calories.
-to lose 1 lb. one must burn 3500 calories more than they consume (this does not mean starve yourself, you typically can burn 3,500 additional calories in 1-3 days if eating properly and working out efficiently.)
- to gain 1 lb. one must consume 3500 calories more than they consume. (this does not mean binge eat junk food, you typically can ingest
3,500 additional calories in 1-3 days if eating properly and working out efficiently.
Thursdays blog will continue on discussing obesity, THE HEALTH DISEASES AND RISKS THAT ACCOMPANY OBESITY, and how to overcome obesity in todays world.