I've been trying to get fitter, so going for walks of 6-7 miles every
day. But the number of calories expended is pretty pitiful. Today was
700 Calories, which is only equivalent to a Big Mac and half a medium
fries. I've not come anywhere near a full meal including a milkshake. :)
Yeah, but the "normal" 2500 or however many calories/day is what it
takes to sit on a sofa, a deficit of 700 calories/day should lose you
over a pound a week, which is a sensible rate ... easy enough for a few
months, the difficult bit is keeping it off afterwards.
Yeah, its hopeless in that regard. But the other aspect is that
allegedly the exercise done right does have some effect on
the metabolism, winding it up a bit in the right direction.
I do weigh myself first thing every day in a reproducible
config clothes wise and do find that when I eat one of
the higher calorie dinners, it does help to have walked at
least that far that day to avoid that putting on any weight.
I also lost more than 10% over a few just by not
eating much at all a couple of days a week.
Yeah, it takes a surprising amount of
exercise to burn off even just a peanut.
Don't forget alcohol. I drink 4 bottles of wine a week. At 700 calories
per bottle that's 2,800 calories per week. When I (occasionally) go on
the wagon I lose a stone.
Don't feel any more cheerful though.
Quite right. There's always experts banging on about the Mediterranean
diet and that traditionally includes a lot of calories from wine as well
as olive oil.
Mind you, they rarely mention the effort the Mediterranean peasants had
to put in to nurture, harvest and produce the bloody stuff.
reply-to address is (intended to be) valid
If you actually want to lose weight in a sustainable way then the 5+2
diet is about as good as any. Fast for two days and eat normally for the
others - on and cut down on the alcohol and soft drinks (none at all on
the fasting days - they are very high energy content).
No. Homeopathy would be drinking some water from a glass that three
years ago had some wine in and has been washed daily ever since.
All homeopathic practitioners should be forced to live for 3 years in a
malaria infested swamp protected only by their own quack medication.
Any survivors would then be permitted to practice homeopathy.
And the exercise of calculating the calories on those days soon shows
you what to avoid. I was amazed to find out how much sugar there is in
granola, for example.
Drinking sugar-free ginger beer ATM, that's actually pretty low.
I've found a 4:3 successful. I limit my intake to 600 kcal on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday and eat (and drink) as much as I want on the other
days. My weight went from 14st to 12st in a year, and has since
stabilised at 11st 8lb to 12st.
I've found that frosted flakes have exactly the same calorie content as
plain corn flakes of the same brand, so I eat the former without any
sugar. (Presumably the plain corn flakes have the sugar baked into the
flakes where frosted flakes have it all on the outside. Frosted flakes
have rather more sugar and less starch, so the carbohydrate content is
ALL cereals have pretty much the same calories per 100gms, as they are
all carbohydrates. The exceptions are some have more bran (cellulose
that you may be unable to digest) and some have more fat (more calories
than carbohydrate per gram).
Sugar is denser than the toasted starch in cornflakes, so you may get
slightly fewer flakes with the frosted ones. But the chief difference is
that the sugar gets into your bloodstream very quickly, as a spike that
may not be good for you. And it gets cleared out quickly by the insulin,
and you feel flat a couple of hours later.
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