It takes 3500 calories to gain/lose one pound. So why did I only burn an excess of 2,928 calories in the last five days and lose two pounds?
If you read my post on Monday you will know that I gained 6 pounds since June 1st when we got back to the USA. If you know me you also know I am a numbers nerd right? So 6 pounds multiplied by 3500 calories (which are how many make up a pound) equals 21,000 calories. YES!!! I had to eat an excess of 21,000 calories to gain those 6 pounds in 35 days (that's an average of 600 calories excess a day, I'm sure it wasn't that much when you account for bloating with salt an such but still that's crazy!). Doesn't that sound way worse than just a simple, I gained 6 pounds? Rather to say I gained 21,000 calories! Hah! I'm a freak I know.
So…I decided I would see how I could lose those 6 pounds. If it was going to be in 3 weeks that would mean I need to burn an excess of 1000 calories a day to do that. That can be done, and is the most you should burn in order to lose the max recommended of 2 pounds a week but that is a huge difference to reach. So I'll let you see where I am and what my workouts have been, for my own personal accountability!
Friday July 6th-
TurboFIRE 60 (burned 443 calories), and Stretch 10
Day as a whole I burned 2,573 calories and I ate 1783 calories which left a difference of 790 calories burned!
Saturday July 7th-
TurboFIRE 30 (burned 245 calories), Abs 10, Stretch 10
Day as a whole I burned 2,662 calories and I ate 1986 calories which left a difference of 676 calories burned!
Sunday July 8th-
TurboFIRE Greatest HIITS (burned 173 calories), Stretch 10
Day as a whole I burned 2,330 calories and I ate 1889 calories which left a difference of 441 calories burned!
Monday July 9th-
TurboFIRE 55ez (burned 429 calories), Stretch 10
Day as a whole I burned 2,694 calories and I ate 2112 calories which left a difference of 582 calories burned!
Tuesday July 10th-
TurboFIRE 30 (burned 247 calories), Upper 20, Stretch 10
Day as a whole I burned 2554 calories and I ate 2115 calories which left a difference of 439 calories burned!
So these were my workouts for 5 days. Last Friday through this Tuesday. On Friday morning I weighed 156. This morning I weigh 154. That's 2 pounds. But if you add up my calorie difference it's only 2,928…That doesn't even equal a pound which is made up of 3,500 calories.
So why am I telling you this?
The first thing I tell anyone I work with is…PUT THE SCALE AWAY! Please don't weigh yourself everyday. On day 2 of these 5 days I still weighed 156. There are so many reasons we add/gain weight. Some of my drop could have been water weight as I cleaned up my system and cut out some of excess sugar and salt. The scale can also move based on your muscles repairing, this causes your body to send water to the muscle tissue you have worked so it can build up stronger. Stress, and many other factors lead to the scale not moving.
It's also what in what kind of calories you are eating. I realized as I started tracking my food that my fat calories were WAY OVER, and I was under on my protein. Switched that up and changes happen fast. Not all calories are equal!
So keep going in your workouts! I don't always log every bite I eat like this or wear my BodyBugg 24 hours a day- but as I said on Monday I had got a little too 'free' in my eating and skipping workouts and I needed a reality check.
What are your thoughts on my opinion about the scale?