# Re: Does weight really matter to you?

On 8/21/05 10:13 AM, in article
shopkinsNOSPAM-DFE4E4.10132621082005@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Sue"
<shopkinsNOSPAM@xxxxxxxx> wrote:

> In article <78INe.197059\$HI.128471@edtnps84>,
> "Simon Isbister" <simonisbister@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
>> "Dll" <me@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
>> news:3mec86F15sa23U1@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>
>>> I was doing some [more] simple math the other day. 10 lbs is roughly 4500
>>> grams, with 1 gram of fat roughly equal to 9 calories. So, 10 lbs of fat
>>> is about 40500 calories. I have this heart rate gadget that claims one of
>>> my average 6 mile runs on the Mesa trail (rolling hills, 500-700 foot
>>> gains) burns ~500-550 calories. A run from 10-13k, 8 miles round trip
>>> burns 1200. We could go on and on, particularly how long a lightbulb would
>>> burn on this kind of energy, or how far a Prius would go. Basically, 10
>>> lbs is a lot of excess energy to burn off - more than I think most people
>>> realize. I'll have to claim total ignorance of what kind of energy it
>>> takes to convert fat to usable energy in the muscles, but would be
>>> interested in hearing from people who know more. I'm pretty sure it makes
>>> things more difficult.
>>
>> The calculations missed one thing... it isn't simply an issue of burning off
>> 40500 calories (that wouldn't take _too_ long). What needs to be done is to
>> burn 40500 calories MORE than what you eat. Calories consumed, minus
>> calories burned, equals weight change. Thats still a simplified look, but,
>> yeah, loosing 10 lbs can be pretty overwhelming.
>>
>> -s-
>>
>
> Oh please. Its NOT that hard! a little caloric restraint, a little more
> aerobic exercise, lose a pound a week, be all done in a tad over 3
> months. sheesh.
>

Not so sure I totally agree with you there Sue. Problem for most people is
that the body adapts to lower caloric intake by reducing metabolic rate.
Certainly both caloric reduction and aerobic exercise will eventually work,
but it has to be a lifestyle change rather than a temporary diet. Most
people lose excess water weight at the beginning also. The body likes to
keep its fat reserves.

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