31 December 2010

why your body is an Excel spreadsheet

from this guide on how to lose weight:


Mary's BMR is 1400 calories and she burns 900 calories in daily activity with regular exercise, walking around and doing household chores. To maintain her weight, she should be eating 2300 calories but, after keeping a food journal, Mary finds that she's eating 2550 calories every day. By eating 250 more calories than her body needs, Mary will gain one pound every 2 weeks.

that's exactly right, Mary will gain one pound every two weeks. that's 26 pounds a year, 260 pounds in ten years, and by eating this way for 40 years, Mary will have put on over one thousand pounds.

all Mary has to do is eat 500 fewer calories per day, so that in 40 years Mary can weigh around -1000 pounds.


Ame said...

Instead of hitting the snooze button, go for a walk?? crazy talk!

JustJoeP said...

First of all, I know Mary, she lives here in Phoenix and shops at Target. I see her frequently when I am there, usually she's eating something. =)

Secondly, I LOVE the "incompetence" label. Simplification for the masses.

I saw a yahoo news story the other day about how avocados are making America fat, with all of their hidden fat inside. Um... no. It's not the avocado, which is providing essential nutrients, it's eating 3 or them instead of 1, or all the franken-food industrialized salad dressing dripping with HFCS that got doused all over the salad that avocado went into. Ugh!

You were the first one to make me smile this year Zim. Thank you =)

zim said...

Joe, you are most welcome!

i would like to add that the link is the very first google return for "how to lose weight".

JustJoeP said...

I've begun to abhor "about.com" ...trying to distill the simplest of information, down to the masses. Whenever I see that banner, I cringe, and say to myself "no, I wanted to see something of value, not fluff, urgh."