I was thinking a bit more about John Cloud's Time Magazine article that I spoke about on my 8/21/09 post and I was wondering this, "So how many calories do "I" eat in an average day?" I mean, my weight stays pretty stable in the 105 lb to 108 lb range so I must be pretty consistent right??
Well let's check!
Now, before I start this little exercise I need to state that I do not believe today was a "normal" food intake day for me. First of all I ate ( um stole ) about a third of Carlos' Almond Croissant from Starbucks while on the way to a surf session. I also had Sorbet with TWO servings of white chocolate chips/cashews in the afternoon. Like I said before.....exercise DOES make me hungrier!
So, I went to the Calorie King website and entered in every little tid bit that went into my mouth today ( yes, even the croissant... ) and my grand total ( assuming I'll have a glass of white wine after work ) came to 1812 calories.
I then went to the Diet Blog website to find out how many calories is required for a 33 yr old women ( blah! ), whose 5'5" and weighs 107 lbs ( today's weigh in ) to maintain that weight. I also entered that I exercised on average about 5 days a week. Guess what I should be eating to stay at 107 lbs.....1737 calories. That's pretty close to what I ate today!
Now, lets say I worked out zero days of the week? My calorie intake now drops to 1425. Not a whole lot. That's the difference of the calories in my "Green Monster". See what I meant in my 8/21 post now?
NOW....these are just averages. There are several other variables to contend with for each individual. Things like someone's metabolism, muscle mass, heredity ( umm I'm actually the "big" kid in my family ) and thyroid function to name a few....but, you can get a pretty good picture.
It's funny, I have people comment all the time that I "Eat like a bird". The fact is this....I really don't. I just eat the correct portions for someone my size. I pulled out an exact serving of low fat Wheat Thins today ( only 16 crackers ) That sounds like a lot until you put the 16 crackers in the palm of your hand...try it and you'll understand what a 130 calorie serving looks like and why it's so easy for someone to miss judge a portion size.
Once again, I think calorie intake is key....I don't believe the theories that "late night eating" puts on weight ( unless of course you've already eaten your calorie max for the day ) or that 6 tiny meals a day helps you lose weight. I don't think it's that complicated. I think it's pretty much this....You need to burn off what you consume in a 24 hr period. Whether that be through exercise or doing nothing at all but those calories must get used up or they will end up on your ass. ( Which could actually be a good thing for some?? ) This is just my opinion of course. I could be totally wrong ( but I doubt it ) So, much aloha and happy counting......
2 hours of Stand Up Paddling downwind and surfing ( from Puamana to Laniupoko ) surfed at "Guard Rails" Board: 11'6" Naish
Here's some recent pics ( post surfing )....just in case you were wondering what the author of TGOP looks like. LOL! Must must must!! Do something about my hair ( it is wet of course but still! ) ahhhh....( at lease the gray doesn't show in photos yet )
BREAKFAST-Orowheat sandwich thin, 1 oz of Chevre and 2 tsp local honey, 1/3 of an Almond Croissant from Starbucks
LUNCH-1 can of Amy's Organic low fat Minestrone Soup, 1.2 oz shaved Pecorino Romano Cheese, Napili Market's "Bruschetta Chips", cayenne pepper powder for heat!
SNACK-"Cold Stone Creamery" Small 5 oz Raspberry Sorbet with 2 Tbs of white chocolate chips and cashews ( Yes, I know I said I would never spend $5.70 for this tiny portion again but it just sounded sooooo good and it was really hot out!)
DINNER-Mixed Salad ( 2 cups of mixed local Waipoli greens, 1/3 carrot shaved, 2 Tbs of golden raisins, 2 tsp sesame seeds, 1 Tb of seasoned vinegar, 2 oz of Chevre ) 16 low fat Wheat Thins.
PAU HANA-5 oz of "Cavit" Pinot Grigio