This is a topic that I never believed in. I like to learn about more than just calories or exercise, but also what impact the mind or your beliefs could have etc.
Well, one day, I noticed that I was a bit overweight. It’s pretty strange how that can just sneak up on you, baffling really, but there I was, at just about 200 lbs, and I am between 5’9′ and 5’10’, and I actually decided to look up an obesity chart, and it actually had my proportion of weight to height listed under the obese column, which if I recall, was the next column past overweight.
Freakin obese? Are you sh###ing me?
Anyways, I knew this was not a good thing.
I grew up playing sports and was always in good shape, and so I literally did not even believe it. This brings me to an interesting point as well. If you aren’t into the power of belief, then just skip this part. But I had seen the movie The Secret when it came out, and I loved it. It put a finger on something I had sort of known on some level, but couldn’t really put into words.
If you haven’t heard of The Secret, it is basically a book and a movie about something called The Law of Attraction, which is not super easy to explain, but they basically say your thoughts create your reality and your world, and what you think about, you attract, become etc.
Anyways, the basic idea is that if you think of something often enough, and believe it etc., you’ll attract it or create it in your life, whether it is something you want to attract or not.
Point of that tangent is that I literally did not believe it, that I was obese, and there I was (this has made me think twice about The Secret, and still have not come to any conclusion about that).
But anyways, that hit me, and I decided I need to do something about this. I know better than to let this happen. I know it is a health risk, and stuff like that, especially extra belly fat and nevermind the fact that I didn’t want to look like that.
This brings me to MyFitnessPal. It is a smartphone app which lets you enter everything you eat during the day, and it tallies up your caloric intake. My sister, her fiance and some other people I know were all using it and I thought it sounded kind of cool actually, just to become aware of how many calories I take it, plus I knew it listed some nutritional info as well.
So then I decided to try it, and I gotta say, it really worked. It was really fascinating to me how my fat loss really was very consistent to formula you hear about of how burning 3,500 calories ends up being 1 lb of fat lost, since I was creating a weekly caloric deficit of around 3,500 calories, and was dropping about 1 lb per week.
I used MyFitnessPal in conjunction with a Fitness tracker, which goes by your heartbeat and tells you about how many calories you burn during workouts etc., plus it measures distances running and walking and estimates calories burned there, and the numbers were pretty consistent with what I’ve seen for how many calories you should burn during different types of exercise.
Anyways, I really can’t say enough about all this for someone looking to lose weight. I literally did not believe it would work (another Law of Attraction contradiction I suppose), and it worked like clockwork!
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