The Twinkie diet spurred some thought. Kelly Jo found a website that is interesting. You can click on the title of this post to find out more but this post pretty much sums it up.
Have you ever heard of BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)? Basically it tells you the number of calories you can eat each day to maintain your present weight. If you know your BMR then you can eat fewer calories and lose weight or eat more calories and gain weight. The equation to find your BMR is below...
Body Weight [lb] x 15 + (moderate activity [mins/day] x 3.5)
If you wish to lose weight then you must eat less than your BMR each day. Each person burns calories at a different rate but according to the website if the average person eats 500 less calories than his/her BMR per day they will lose one pound per week.
Lets plug in some actual numbers.
We will use the average ordinary 350 lb man who exercises moderately for 10 minutes each day.
350 lbs. (Body Weight) x 15. That equals 5250.
Add to that 10 minutes of moderate activity per day x 3.5. That equals 35.
So 5250 + 35=5285
According to this the average ordinary 350 lb man who exercises moderately for 10 minutes each day needs to eat 5285 calories a day to maintain his weight!
So if he eats 500 less calories per day he can lose one pound a week.
A 350 lb man can eat 4785 calories a day and lose 52 pounds a year?
That's THREE TRIPLE Whoppers with CHEESE everyday and 1095 calories left over for vegetables like French Fries!
Go figure! Who knew it was so easy?