Hey, big thank you for the support! 🙂 I had not expected so much interest in the website in the first few hours of its launch. I believe your time here will be worth it.
That’s why I will jump straight to the topic of the first post for today, which is the overall activity of a person during the day and the concept of the calorie balance equation a.k.a. calorie budget. What’s that all about? Let’s give it a go and dive in.
Here’s a screenshot of my Fitbit app the end of the day, when the majority of my physical activity has been completed. As you can see I have burned approximately 3,151 cals. Usually, if I haven’t been involved in some strenuous activity and I go about my daily routine I burn 2750-2800 cals, give or take. To maintain a stable weight that’s how much I need to be consuming, as well (calories in = calories out). That’s the calorie balance equation. Since today I played some tennis, rode a bike a bit and did some extra walking around I have burned more than usual. If I don’t compensate for it in terms of eating more, I will lose a little weight. A little – think in manner of tens or a couple of hundreds of grams, something along these lines. Each day we have a set number of calories we can consume, just like a calorie budget. This is namely so, because you can draw a good parallel to a financial budget. You have a set amount of money available for the day, just like calories. When you burn through the money (or eat your share of calories) you have no money to spend and no calories left to consume. If you save some money or calories, you win – you either have some cash or have lost a little weight. If you spend more money than you had in your budget or in your calorie budget than you are in debt or have gained a little weight. It’s that simple, but it is often overlooked! Somewhere something gets confused and it gets way more complicated than necessary.
The parallel I employed is very useful as a mindset you might try to use yourself. Think of all your daily food intake as an available budget and spend wisely! Think what you would like for breakfast, lunch, dinner and all those snacks in between! In the end, it adds up quite fast, believe me.
At first, I thought of mentioning a lot more in this post, but I quickly realized it would get out of hand with way too much information and graphics, so I will try to keep it bite-sized, something you can read through for a couple of minutes.
In the next post I will be commenting on different activities, how calorie expensive they are and what would be their purpose in an overall training regimen. Last but not least, a tasty Sunday pancake recipe with added protein. 🙂
See you tomorrow!