Jan 20 2017

The Scary Truth About How Much You Eat

After reading todays blog there might be some of you who do not like me, some who disagree with me, and some who plain don’t believe me. But if you are one of those people who has always ‘struggled’ to lose weight then this might the the most honest perspective…

After reading todays blog there might be some of you who do not like me, some who disagree with me, and some who plain don’t believe me. But if you are one of those people who has always ‘struggled’ to lose weight then this might the the most honest perspective anyone has ever given you into your troubles.

Digital Bathroom Scale Displaying OMG Message

Lets put a few facts out there first of all:

Most of us underestimate what we eat, I know I do. In fact, even individuals who have experience recording their food in some kind of app or food diary, stats show that these calorie counts can be anywhere from 25-40% under the actual amount of food that is being consumed. That’s without even touching on the groups of people who do a quick calorie tally in their head each day, or simply wing it!

It is a requirement nowadays that food companies label their food with the nutrient breakdowns of their contents.

However, the method used by the Food Standards Agency to test the calories content of foods is more than 120 years old…no wonder it leaves question marks over the quality of information.

Studies done on women dieting on ‘low calories’ (deemed to be around the 1200 mark) have found was these women had something called selective amnesia – their brain actually forgot that they were eating various things in the day!

In their minds they were adhering perfectly to their strict diet, completely unaware of the tricks the brain was playing on them. It’s a survival mechanism for the body, the brain needs fuel to continue to work.

Take me as an example. I estimated quite recently I was eating 1800 calories. I put my food for the day into MyFitnessPal, it came out at 2180. Lets say that even that was 25% out (fairly normal based on the figures)

All of a sudden I’m eating a 2725.

Lets factor in that a couple of the foods I’ve chosen are programmed into MyFitnessPal wrong, or the barcodes I’ve scanned are inaccurate and add another 100 to account for that.

That’s 2800 calories. On a normal day. 1000 MORE than my original estimate! All you need to do is add in the odd drinking session in the week, a big dinner out (or two) at the weekend and it gets SCARY!

Now 2800 calories is probably not a bad estimate for me to maintain my weight, but see how easy it is to get it wrong? We all like to think we are eating less than we are, that we are adhering to the rules and doing what we need to do in order to reach our goal.

In real simple terms, the chances are what you THINK you are doing vs what you are actually doing are potentially very different things. I am not trying to claim that any of you guys reading this are lying – far from it! I’m just saying that the percentage of people suffering from the usual culprits…

>>> “intolerances”

>>> “hormonal imbalances”

>>> “slow metabolisms”

>>> “big frames”

…are pretty small. AND, that quite simply it is a calories in vs calories our equation. Most of us are eating too much, and that’s it.

Author

Becs Cronshaw