107 Fantastic reasons to lose weight

1. To feel better about myself.

2. To increase my feelings of self worth.

3. To be able to run and jump without worrying about hurting myself.

4. To look good in a tight dress.

5. To be able to wear shorts in the summer.

6. To be able to go swimming without being self-conscious.

7. To feel I can go swimming at all!

8. So my back doesn’t hurt so much.

9. To be healthier.

10. To not have fear going to the doctors, because he’ll make me get on a scale.

11. To be able to wear a bra that actually fits.

12. To not worry about lawn chairs breaking.

13. To not worry about where to sit at a picnic or on an airplane.

14. To not get “those looks” at a restaurant, even when eating normal food.

15. So my ankles don’t puff up and look like there’s half a tennis ball on each side.

16. To be able to use a public washroom comfortably.

17. To be able to go into any store, and buy the clothes I like, not just the ones that fit.

18. To not feel awkward about going clothes shopping, or shoe shopping.

19. To be able to order clothes from a catalogue without worrying if they will fit.

20. To be able to wear something that doesn’t say PLUS on it.

21. To reduce my blood pressure.

22. So I can feel comfortable.

23. So I can run on the beach in a bathing suit and feel proud.

24. So taking a bath is a luxurious thing, instead of taking a shower so I won’t risk overflowing the tub.

25. So my pants won’t wear out between my legs while the rest of them are still in good shape.

26. I want to be able to read the scale by just looking down, straight down.

27. I don’t ever want to feel my fat jiggle again!

28. So I can look in the mirror from the neck down and like what I see.

29. To feel strong and fit again.

30. So I can show off my muscles, instead of just feeling fat.

31. So I can play with my dog again!

32. So I can drive my car and feel comfortable.

33. So I don’t feel like I’m always leaning back while sitting in a chair, because of my butt.

34. So I can walk up a flight of stairs and not feel winded.

35. So I can wear tight jeans.

36. So I can get up and dance and not feel weird.

37. So I can go on rides at amusement parks again, without stuffing myself into the seat shamefully.

38. So I don’t have to worry about the maximum weight an exercise machine can take before I use it.

39. I want to deprive my cats of a perching spot on my chest because it’s too small.

40. So I don’t get that pitying look when I go to a gym to work out.

41. So I can lay outside and suntan on my front lawn if I want.

42. I want to wear underwear that looks cute and dainty, not something industrial.

43. So I can buy lingerie that fits, and looks good.

44. So I can buy lingerie without getting weird looks from store clerks or other customers.

45. I want to be able to at least consider entering a triathlon and have it be a possibility.

46. So getting dressed every morning is a joy and not a dreaded chore.

47. So I can pick the haircut I really want and not just one that is for fat people.

48. So I’m when people start talking about weight loss, I don’t feel they mean me.

49. So no one ever calls me “a big girl” ever again.

50. So I’m not embarrassed to have my picture taken.

The other 57 reasons can be found HERE on CalorieCount.com

McDonald’s Calorie Displays Mean Nothing!?

In a new study published by The American Journal of Public Health, it was found that displaying the calorie count of items at McDonald’s has no effect on consumers.

The study discovered that calorie counts listed next to items didn’t actually prompt people into choosing a healthier meal. The fast-food giant has been displaying the massive calorie loads in their food since last September.

In addition to listing the counts, McDonald’s also made the effort to add several healthy alternatives for people to eat….that they’re not interested in. Study author Julie Downs, an associate research professor of social and decision sciences in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, stated: 

"The general inability of calorie labeling to result in an overall reduction in the number of calories consumed has already been pretty widely shown. So that’s nothing new. But in the face of that, there has been the growing thought that perhaps the problem is that people don’t know how to use the information without some framework, some guidance."

Downs believes that asking people to complete simple math problems in addition to all of their daily stresses is simply too much to ask.

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Do you count how many calories you’re consuming? Let us know in the comments down below!

Heart rate monitors and Cardio vs Strength Training

Lately I’ve been seeing a very common mistake fitblrs are making with their heart rate monitors and calorie expenditure counts. They wear their HRM during an entire workout and then assume that the calories burned number is accurate. If your workout consists of pure cardio, then yes the number is relatively accurate. But what about strength training, or a combination of cardio and strength? The short answer is that the HRM calorie burn during any strength training exercise is NOT an accurate representation of how many calories you actually burned during that workout. So if you did 20 minutes of cardio and 50 minutes of lifting and your HRM spat out “1115 calories burned” I wouldn’t go and splurge on a bottle of peanut butter just yet!

In order to understand this I’ll first explain how HRMs count calories. First of all HRMs DO NOT measure calorie expenditure directly or even indirectly, they only measure your heart rate. Using that heart rate value HRMs estimate your calorie expenditure specifically for steady-state AEROBIC activity using a mathematical algorithm. The formula that is used is the relationship between heart rate and VO2 (oxygen) consumption plus other variables like sex, weight and age. This is a linear relationship that states as heart rate increases VO2 intake increases, and therefor the higher your heart rate the more calories you’ll burn per minute at a constant rate.

So if you’re jogging on the treadmill at 5.5mph for 10 minutes at a constant HR of 140BPM, your calorie expenditure will be roughly 100 calories. 

But what about strength training? When you lift weights your heart rate jumps up and down all the time because you’re working in an ANAEROBIC state. Oxygen can’t get to your muscles in fast enough which spikes your heart rate to get blood and oxygen to those cells. So when your heart rate jumps up to 160BPM for a few seconds, this does not mean that you burned the same amount of calories lifting a single weight as you did when you’re using multiple muscle groups to run. The linear heart rate vs VO2 consumption relationship does not apply to weight lifting. Weight lifting has its post-workout benefits, but this isn’t something that can be measured accurately with a HRM. 

Other factors can influence your heart rate AND HRM calories burned reading. If you’re stressed your heart rate will be elevated. If someone startles you your heart rate will be elevated. But none of these factors cause a significance increase in calories burned, but your heart rate monitor will perceive it as such and give you an inflated calorie burn! 

Take a look at the situation logically even. Consider how much energy it takes to burn a measly 50 calories jogging. You have to jog for about a half a mile (or 5 minutes) at a consistent pace, stimulating so many core muscles in your body. You’re not engaging a single muscle group for 30 seconds and then resting for 2 minutes until your next set. Just because your heart rate is elevated during your weight lifting session, does not mean that you’re burning tons of calories while you sit there and rest. Yet this is how your HRM perceives it.

So that’s why you should really only rely on your HRM to estimate the number of calories you burned during cardio if that’s what you’re using it for. I hope this helps! 

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Fun Facts ^_~
  • A calorie is not a calorie when you eat it at a different time of day.
  • A calorie is not a calorie when you eat it in a differently processed form.
  • A calorie is not a calorie when you eat it as a wholly different food.
  • A calorie is not a calorie when you eat it as protein, instead of carbohydrate or fat.
  • Controlled weight-loss studies do not produce results consistent with “calorie math”.
  • Calorie counts in restaurants are typically off by over 10%…and the lower-calorie and carb-heavy choices are more likely to contain more calories than advertised.
  • When given an unmarked portion of common foods, people overestimate both the quantity and the calorie content by over 50%.
  • The inaccuracy of calorie counts is multiplied by the inaccuracy of recalling how much of it we managed to eat, and the inaccuracy of treating all “calories” as equal.

Ignore the crappy phone picture but I needed some visual representation. They taste MUCH better than I make them look! And for 103.2 calories a muffin? Yes please!

Low Fat Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Ingredients

1 ¼ cup canned pumpkin 
1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp vanilla
¼ cup sugar substitute (or regular white sugar)
1 egg 

1 tsp baking soda 
1 tsp baking powder 
1 cup whole wheat flour
½ cup rolled oats 
½ tsp table salt 

½ cup unsweetened applesauce 
½ cup semisweet chocolate chips 

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. Mix pumpkin, spice, vanilla and sugar together then add beaten egg (or egg whites) and set aside. 
3. Mix together remaining dry ingredients in a separate (larger) bowl. 
4. Combine mixtures together and mix. Add applesauce and mix until combined.
5. Gently mix in chocolate chips.
6. Grease muffin tins and fill approximately 2/3 full.
7. Bake 20-25 minutes (until not gooey in the middle)


Number of Servings: 12

Found at: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=1071095

The link also has all of the nutritional information, so check it out!

What Is A “Calorie”, Anyway?

The dietary calorie is defined as “the amount of energy required to increase the temperature of 1 kilogram of water by 1 degree Kelvin.”

The dietary calorie is actually a “kilocalorie” = 1000 calories, which is why you’ll occasionally see it abbreviated as “kcal”.

It’s an obsolete unit: the “joule” is the modern unit of energy. There are 4.184 joules in a calorie, and 4184 in a dietary calorie (kilocalorie).

Problem: Our Bodies Don’t Use “Calories”

You may already see the problem here: a “calorie” is a unit of energy transfer. We determine the number of “calories” in a food by, quite literally, burning it and measuring how much heat it generates.

Unfortunately, our bodies are not steam engines! They do not burn the food we eat in a fire and convert the heat into mechanical work. Thus:

There is no biochemical system in our bodies whose input is a “calorie”.

Every metabolic pathway in our body starts with a specific molecule (or family of molecules), and converts it into another molecule—usually consuming energy in the process, not producing it.

This is why we must eat food in order to stay alive.

Read more: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

perfectly portioned out pasta. 300 calories, with a 100 calorie ceasar salad. the real mystery is in the sauce, i had 3/4 of a cup on my plate and there’s ground beef in there, i’m going with 200 - 250.

it was a great plate of food after a long rainy day. i ate around 1700 calories today, i try to mix it up as much as possible, keep my body guessing. i weighed this morning and much to my surprise i’m lower! losing weight on your period, how is this sorcery even possible!

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