This week I had the opportunity to resolve a much vexed question in the medical science of weight loss. Can a person consume approximately two bottles of champagne at a wedding and subsequently devour an entire deep pan supreme pizza and still lose weight that week?
Well, hold the phone, it turns out you can’t. I gained 300 grams in Week 2, following my loss of 1.5 kilograms in Week 1.
Week 2 starting weight: 73.2 kilograms
Week 2 finishing weight: 73.5 kilograms
Here are the numbers… (hello day 12!)
Week 2 Calorie Chart
|Day||Basal requirement||Food Intake||Food deficit||Exercise Burn|
Calorie deficit needed to lose 1 kilogram of fat = 7,500
Food calorie deficit + Exercise Burn = Weekly calorie deficit
-1295 + 2118 = 825 weekly calorie deficit.
Equation predicts I should have lost 110 grams of fat. I gained 300 grams total weight.
Now don’t get me started on the food processing chamber again, but it’s fair to say that such a major blow out on crap food and (admittedly quite fine) wine is going to produce a one off effect. I’ve since dropped back down to 73.0 kilograms.
So the results of my equation are lumpy, as indeed, are my thighs.
Combining weeks 1 and 2, the equation predicts I should have lost 738 grams of fat in the two weeks. The scales showed I was down 1.2 kilograms total weight.
Observations from the week:
–It’s not how hard you fall, but how quickly you get back up again, that matters. I haven’t once beaten myself up for eating the pizza or drinking the wine. It was two dear friends’ wedding. I had A LOT of fun. I’m not into guilt trips. It is what it is. Add it to the spreadsheet and get back on it.
-Exercising more regularly not only creates more laundry, but you also seem to spend half your days in the shower!
-Eventually, one tires of the dulcet tones of Tom Cruise belting out 1980s glam rock songs and one must do the only thing one can do – start listening to Glee again during work out sessions. Highly effective. Recommend.
Meal highlight of the week:
Not the pizza! But, interestingly, deciding when out of town that the healthiest, calorie controlled meal I could access was a ham and cheese toasted sandwich at McDonalds. 311 calories for sandwich, plus 2 calories for long black coffee. Calorie labeling at fast food outlets is incredibly informative.
Exercise highlight of the week:
Googling the nearest gym to where we were staying out of town for the wedding. Going to said gym and smashing 502 calories the morning of the wedding and hitting my exercise target of 2000 calories for the week.
Until next week!