Weight loss is basic math

Sometimes I wish I could just record conversations Karlie and I have about weight loss then have someone transcribe them on my blog. Conversation just has a way of bringing out interesting insights into the whole process.

Investing is tricky business these days. Invest in a company today and they may be gone tomorrow. Invest commitment and effort to an employer and in the end, it is only the manager that determines a promotion. Invest talents into school work and it’s the teacher that decides the grade at the end of the term.

All the things I have invested my time, talents, money and sanity over have my success tied ultimately to how someone else feels, acts or perceives things. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it just means that there is only so much control I have over my success. Weight loss is ultimately determined by ME and ME alone. AM I the only one who thinks that is AWESOME!?

Of course I believe that others can encourage, inform and inspire weight loss in another individual. If I didn’t believe that, I wouldn’t give a crap about this blog. Something about the mathematics simplicity of losing weight excites me. There is no ancient mystery of weight loss success. It is not a concept that can only be understood by only a select few individuals. It is MATH! Simple as addition and subtraction.

– 3400 Calories ( What I burn each day just living)
+1200 Calories (The calories I eat in a day)
–   700 Calories (The average calories burned at the gym a day)
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– 2900 Daily Calorie Deficit

Okay, I know I said there would only be addition and subtraction but we are going to do some hard core multiplication & division next. Get out your calculator if you need to.

   2900 Daily Calorie Deficit
x       7 Days in a week
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20,580 Weekly Calorie Deficit

Last equation I promise.

20,300 Weekly Calorie Deficit
/  3,500 Calories (The approx equivalent to 1 lb of body fat)
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5.8 Pounds Lost Per Week

Now I have no illusions that any of these numbers are perfect or that any measurement of these variables is exact but no matter if you are following a trendy diet, using weight loss surgery or taking medications to stop you from eating, ALL methods are rooted in this math. Now usually I HATE me some math but these numbers are indisputable. Will the scale always read 5.8 pounds lost each week? No, but poop, pee and food in your belly aside, yes. So what if the scale reads something different? Does that mean the math doesn’t work? No, it means that Mike didn’t count the noodles he picked off his kid’s plate or the extra oz of meat he justified sliding on his plate at dinner.

Get support. Find people who are already succeeding in what you want to accomplish but know that even with the best help in the world it only comes down to you and the numbers you put into the equation and when you step on the scale remember that it was you and the math, and math don’t lie. But just to be sure the number is right, try to go to the bathroom just one more time 🙂

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