Archive for September, 2009

Calorie Count

Energy Consumed and Expended

I have been out looking at exercise gear the past couple of weeks. I saw a lot of great stuff. While looking at the boxes the gear was packaged in and noticed that almost every box had some advertisement or statement that suggested some beneficial effect of the equipment’s use on the user’s body weight. This is in addition to fitness benefits derived because of the product’s use.

The exercise gear user’s body weight is a direct result of energy (food) consumed or not consumed. The exercise and exercise gear is not necessary for any weight adjustment activity nevertheless it does help. It offers some degree of appetite control when attempting to modify body weight.

The Facts Are Straightforward

  1. If the user consumes more energy than expended the surplus is stored as fat (body weight increases).
  2. If the user consumes less energy than required, surplus (body fat) is used as an energy source  (body weight decreases).
  3. If the user consumes the exact amount of energy as expended then there will be no energy gained or used (body weight remains the same).

The energy input (food and beverages) is what determines the outcome as stated in the above declarations. Exercise has a place in this activity but only to the extent of supplying the calorie-burning exertion to equalize or burn off the not needed calories. What’s more, the physical activity diminishes the desire or the desire that something must be eaten (appetite control). To put it differently, exercise or physical activity is the difference between control and feeling hungry.

Exercise or Physical Activity

Some authorities argue that physical activity is all kinds of body and/or body part movement that burn calories. Because of the movement calories are burned. Sweeping the floor, washing the car, or raking the garden are a kind of physical activity.

However exercise is defined as physical activity that is well thought-out and repetitive. But most physical activities can be thought of as being well thought-out and repetitive also. The only difference between the two is that something that is repetitive is also thought to be boring. Exercise is a higher level of physical activity and has a greater boring ability factor. The greater boring ability factor of the physical activity the more the activity can be classified as exercise.

74 words

I decided to do a typing test while going 3.5 miles per hour, and I type 74 words per minute. Pretty Good, soon I will have to talk and chew gum, and walk and type on the Computer Desk over Treadmill and socializing on social networking all at the same time.

Not Doing Anything – what would you not do anyway?

Look at it this way. You are sitting there doing nothing because you don’t have anything else to do. You’re bored out of your gourd. Why not snack on something? You know if you do you’ll get fatter. But you’re hungry!

Wait a minute. There is a treadmill over there. Why don’t you get on that? Of course, that’s even more boring. You’ve done that before and you’ve came to the conclusion that it takes more effort to stop the treadmill and get off of it to go to the refrigerator to pilfer something to snack on before coming back to the treadmill to continue being bored.

Why bother? You could just sit looking at television or playing computer games and maybe you’ll get a chance to sneak in a snack or two. At least it is not as boring as the other things.

So you decide to look at television or play a computer game. So what. It is something to do. Isn’t it something to do? At the very least, it’s not as boring as some other things you could be doing. Before television, radio produced an effect on the human psyche similar to that of television and computer games. It was an alternative to doing nothing.

While looking at television you become aware that the television activity is frown upon by the federal government because television viewing and computer game playing is thought to contribute to obesity! Actually it does not contribute. It is physical inactivity that is the prime instigator. Sedentary activities contribute to the individual’s obesity.

Obese is defined as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.

  • Underweight BMI is less than 18.5
  • Normal weight BMI is between or equal to 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight BMI is between or equal to 25 to 29.9
  • Obese BMI of 30 or greater

So there you have it. If a person has a BMI of 30 or greater they can be classified as being obese. It also follows that you can’t be an obese person unless you have a BMI of 30 or greater. Isn’t science wonderful?

Of course with all the physically inactivity around maybe you could conclude that the treadmill may factor into the solution to enable control of the individuals’ body mass index problems. At the very least you should give it a try and verify that some treadmill-based solution will realize your expectations.