I just found out about a TV show that starts tomorrow night on HBO it's called the Weight of the Nation and you can find out more about it on the HBO site. There is also a companinion book, and you can get the speical on DVD (it spans four hours of material). From the trailer, it appears that the US obesity epidemic will ruin our country very soon (if we have national health coverage and we are all sick, we will tax ourselve to feath to pay for our bad eating habits). We need to fix this today.
Here are some shoicking stats:
% of every food dollar American Spent outside of home
Total calroies available per person in the US food supply every day
% of obese US adolescents (12-19)
Calroies in average servings of Fries
Millions of American diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes
1986: 6.4 million
20102: 1.1 million
% of high school students attending PE class every day
Hours of media used byu childten every day age 8-18
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What If You tracked Everything And Your Still Not Losing Weight?
I treally tracked all of my food and activity last week. On those days that I ate more than my targeted 1700 calroies, I exercised more. At the end of the week I had gone up 1 lb. When I looked into it I saw where I was averageing 1880 calories a day. We know these are fairly acurate as we are going by the information on the labels and paying attention to serving sizes. So what gives? Well the only other piece of the puzzle is the calroies burned during exercise. With this in mind, I will focus on hitting my goal for calories in, and ignore (kind of) how many calories I burn off. In the end its calories in vs calories out. If I track all my calories in, and still gain weight, then I nkow I can cut back on the calroies and I should lose.
The key to this is brutal honesty when entering food. A difference of 150 calories a day can add up over a month.
Remember the only thing you have absolute control over is you. While I found all this effort frustrating, I know in the end if I watch my calories in, and keep exercises the weight will drop off eventually. Quitting will not get me where I need to go.
FitBolt – Nuges You To Get Out of your Chair
I'm going to be interviewing a representative from Fitbolt.com this week, but couldn't wait to tell you about this cool website. It is a timer that alerts you to get up and stretch and do exercises. It's free, and is a great way to keep you focused (not to mention burn a few extra calories while you're at your desk). I'll talk more about this in the future, but for now check out www.fitbolt.com
Mentioned on the Show – Treadmill Desks
Robert Chazz Chute talks about making a “Treadmill Desk” out of stuff from around the house in his latest “Self Help For Stoners” podcast. His is much cheaper than the FitDesk X Compact Pedal Desk ($250) or the TrekDesk Treadmill Desk ($542). I'm not sure I'd trust the SurfShelf Treadmill Desk ($39) with my laptop (maybe my iPad, if I had an iPad….
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