The other day I took part in a conversation with two co-workers who are both trying to lose weight. One of them had actually lost a significant amount already and spoke about how hard it is to avoid soda and desserts. The other co-worker confessed that she had been overdoing it lately with eating out several times this week so far, but she’s determined to start walking to take the weight off and maybe give up sodas. Sounds like a plan right? But what made me want to blow the whistle in the middle of the conversation was this one question. Is exercise truly the magic fix? In other words, do you some people believe that ANY form exercise (ex: 10 minutes of walking) will undo all of the hard work that they put into consuming so much food?
Don’t get me wrong. I know you have to start somewhere and 10 minutes of walking a day or several times a week is better than sitting on your bootay doing nothing, but the point that I want to make in this post is that many of us view weight loss and health in general in completely different ways. It honestly takes quite a bit of work to lose weight, but most importantly, you want to do it in a healthy way and something you can manage and adjust for the rest of your life. And oh, what a life it will be when you’re got the energy to live it goooood!
I have heard statements like, “Oh, my god! I’m going to walk around the block to walk off that Big Mac.” But what about the large frie and medium Dr. Pepper? Well, it will take you 5.5 (100 calories per mile) miles of walking just burn the 550 calories from the Big Mac, but that’s if you’re a 160 pound person. Factor in the 29 grams of fat for the burger, 500 calories and 25 grams of fat for the large frie, and 210 calories from the drink, I would say you’re well on your way to becoming a full marathon walker just to burn off one meal. How many people do you think actually follow this logic? Yeah, you betcha!
I think it’s safe to say that calories burned verses calories consumed are often over exaggerated. So what can you do about it? Go to school to become a Registered Dietitian, which is what I’m planning to do. Yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Just thought I’d tell you the great news by posting it on my blog. WHooooooopeeeeee!