By: Marylin Salgado
Ever wonder how much of the daily calories you consume actually turn into fat? Here’s an answer you’ll want to hear; not all of them. In fact, in order to gain a pound of fat, you must consume 3500 calories. I can honestly say I work out and don’t believe I have even come close to eating that much. Some athletes have been known to eat double that amount. Michael Phelps consumes 8,000 to 10,000 calories a day when he is prepping for Olympic training. Generally, depending on how active athletes are, they consume between 2,000 to 5,000 calories a day.
What are calories? It is scientifically measured just like a spoon or inch. Calories are the amount of energy when your body digests and absorbs food. 9 calories equal 1 gram of fat. That is why labels are designed to give you how many calories and grams of fat you are consuming for a given portions size.
But how much of that is converted into fat? Let’s assume you ate a Big Mac meal.
The first 1,000 glycogen calories of that Big Mac meal start being used immediately as energy for your body even if you don’t feel like you’re doing anything. Your body burns those calories just to lift your arm, beat your heart, or roll over in your sleep. In fact, just being a human being means you’re going to burn 1,000 – 1,500 calories in a day even if all you do is lay in bed. – JUNE 11TH, 2020 BY KAREN, HEALTH & BEAUTY TIPS
But let’s say that Big Mac is just lunch. You had breakfast earlier; maybe French toast with whip cream and maple syrup, maybe pancakes. Or just a bowl of cereal. Either way, you consumed a few hundred calories in the morning and will more then likely consume a few hundred more for dinner. You still might have 850 calories to burn, or more. These are the calories you need to be concerned about because over time, these calories will add up and the weight will start to be visible on the scale and around your waist line.
Those significant calories will be stored as fat within 4 hours of consumption. It may take a few weeks, but over time you will see that ass fat accumulate; about ¼ of a pound or 8 tablespoons of fat to be exact. Two to three weeks of this without exercise will gladly add an additional 3.5 pounds of weight. For those who don’t think that’s a lot of weight, that’s about 42 pounds of weight gain in a year!
For the sake of this blog, let’s say a year has passed and due to your eating habits and your lack of exercise, you have gained 40 to 50 pounds. To lose one pound of fat, you will need a deficit of 500 calories a day. In other words, eat 500 calories less than the amount that got you to gain those 40 to 50 pounds. You might lose more if you add and exercise routine.
I don’t think anyone has to necessarily go on a diet. Dieting to me means deprivation. Just eat less of what you like to eat and exercise. I love to eat sweets and ice cream. In fact, when I see my boyfriend a few times a week, he loves to store ice cream in his freezer. And no, it’s not diet. It’s full of caramel, fudge and all the good stuff that gives you the ass fat. But I don’t eat a lot of it and I also hit the gym 5 to 6 days a week. I have gained muscle mass and I’m sure some of it is fat, but I still feel great. It isn’t any noticeable fat and my legs are shaping up nicely. The trick is balance and moderation, not necessarily eating a salad every day. Mix it up. If your meals become boring because you are trying to diet, you will go back to those Big Mac meals within a week. I can promise you that.
Now don’t go panicking on me if you put an additional 5 or 10 pounds of fat during the holidays. That is pretty normal and almost expected. No one should ever deprive themselves of indulging during the holidays, unless it is medically contraindicated. Besides, fat is necessary for protection of your major organs. Fat also helps release hormones that assist with many body functions, so don’t cut fat completely out of your diet. Fat is also one of the six essential nutrients you need in your body. The other five are carbohydrates, minerals, water, proteins, and vitamins. So, if you put on a few extra pounds during the holidays, just get back on the workout train after the new year and ride your way into fitness.
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