It’s as simple as a math problem

As I’ve been beginning to help my daughter with 7th grade math and my son with 4th grade math, I feel like I see math everywhere lately. I have always HATED math, with a passion. I was just never good at it in school, which I think is part of the reason I became a social worker, no math needed!

So as I’ve taken over my kid’s math for homeschooling, I’m seeing math everywhere. Primarily it’s necessity in my weight loss journey. Maybe this is an elementary concept for most of you, but for me, I’m glad it’s being reiterated.  As I’ve meshed the two worlds of bariatric surgery with lifting weights, I’ve gotten a TON of input from both sides. I’ve written about this in various posts prior to today, but let me nutshell it…..

Bariatric=eat less food, lose more weight

Bodybuilding=eat more to build muscle

Ok, so I’m not of the school of thought that it’s necessary to become skinny by starvation. In fact, I did that route for a number of years in my early young adult life and wasn’t interested in revisiting it after bariatric surgery. So I quickly adopted the bodybuilder idea of tons of protein, eat eat eat. Sure I saw massive muscle gain. HOWEVER, I saw NO weight loss.

+.This lead me to a massive quandary….Then I stumbled across a friend who helped me with nutrition, add things like clean carbs, good sources of protein and green vegtables. Wow, my body quickly responded and I lost 30+ lbs in 2.5 months. I knew I was on to something……(note this new eating style occurred in Oct. 2015).

So I started eating real food (green veggies, clean carbs, no sugar, nothing processed outside of my protein shake) and the scale has been moving beautifully. I even hit my personal goal of 100lbs lost by my one year surgery date.

All of this to say that I’m now seeing the importance of not only what I eat, but how much I eat vs. what I burn in the gm. Calories IN vs. Calories OUT…..whomever tells you that weight loss is not a math problem is a LIAR….don’t listen to them!!!

Sure, weight loss isn’t a black/white math problem like A + B = C, but it’s pretty close once you figure out what works for your body.

So since I’ve decided to weigh daily, this has helped me track my weight loss. I’ve also changed my cardio goal to include a total of 1300 calories burned, this was only taking me an hour when I weighed a little more, but since losing about lbs, it requires a little more time. Anyway, since changing my cardio goal to 1300 (calories OUT), and eating roughly 1100-1200 calories a day (calories IN), I’ve lost 4.4lbs in 3 days!!!! So there is definitely something to this concept.

To break this down a little further, what is a calorie?

A calorie is a measurement of energy.

This is the best article I’ve read on this subject, here’s the link:

The basic concept for weight loss is:

You want to burn more calories (OUT) than you take calories (IN)

IN=what you eat. Now of course if you eat 500 calories of donuts that will convert differently than 500 calories of cucumbers and spinach, but that’s a post for another day… the meantime, what you need to know is that to lose weight you want to burn more calories than you eat….it’s really that simple!!

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