counting calories

Our resting metabolic rate (RMR) is a product of our basal metabolic rate (BMR) and our day-to-day level of activity.

So, if you do next-to-no exercise and are in a fairly sedentary office job then the multiplier is low: around 1.2.

But if you exercise regularly and | or you work in a trade or profession that has you very active all-day-long then the multiplier is higher: between about 1.41.9.

Of course, it does involve a bit of guesswork.

But taking this one step further we can then calculate a daily calorie consumption.

Given my age, height, job, and amount of walking the magic number is roughly 125kj (or 30 Calories) per kg of body weight.

So, at 80kg, I need to gobble down approximately 10,000kj (2400 calories) just to maintain my weight.

I’m pretty sure this differs quite a bit for women as they have a lower metabolism than men on average (sorry girls).

Now, to lose about 0.5kg (or 1 pound) per week, I need to consume a little over 2000kj (500 Calories) less each day – so the story goes.

Thus, my goal of losing 1kg per week requires me to eat only 6,000kj (1400 Calories) per day.

Are you still with me? Because all these numbers can become a little confusing. Intimidating. Overwhelming.

As if the formula to estimate metabolism isn’t complicated enough to begin with. Throw in an airy-fairy multiplier and you have something as useful and accurate as an economic forecast.

I mean, have you ever tried counting calories? It’s tedious and boring and reliably inaccurate.

Yet in Australia, the NSW government has recently created a website encouraging people to do just this.

It’s based on the number 8700kj as the daily average.

And as a result, they are now making the large fast-food franchises prominently display the kj amounts for each of their meals.

Whilst the government means well, I believe this approach is destined to fail.

If you’re addicted to sugar, no amount of information at the counter is going to placate the basic need to devour the stuff at every opportunity nor undo all those years of bad habits.

I know. I’ve been there.

The only way I could kick-the-habit once-and-for-all was to give up the sweet poison for good.

So now I don’t need to count calories whatsoever.

Instead, try avoiding fast-food altogether. It’s plain unhealthy.

But, if you have no choice, choose meals with the least amount of sugar as possible.

That way you’ll have some chance of making it out alive.

Kim | 78.8

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