So, my girlfriends and I have a game we like to play (usually around the time the third bottle of red wine is reaching its inevitable end) where everybody tells the dumbest thing they have ever heard about a chosen subject. The topics range from the things our mothers used to say, to relationships, to conspiracy theories and, on this particular night, to dieting and health.
If you are reading this and you do not know what the magic 1200 -1500 calorie range is, prepare to be educated!
Even when we (and by “we” I mean women) are not actively “on a diet” we know that the best way to maintain a healthy weight is to balance out the calories in versus calories out equation. The idea is simply to consume fewer calories than you expend. Since even a small woman only uses about 1600 calories a day just to stay alive, many of us aim for anything between 1200 and 1500 calories a day.
There are complex equations that use your Base Metabolic Rate and Body Mass Index to tell you exactly how much you should consume to lose, maintain or gain weight but those are minor details that we shall not concern ourselves with here.
Most of us can tell you on average how many calories are in a serving of any given food or drink and how much you burn by doing any given activity. We are walking calculators!
So now that you have the background, here, in no particular order, are our major health and diet whoppers of all time:
If nobody saw you eat it, it does not go towards your calorie count.
This theory states that calories need only be counted when consumed in the presence of other people who are watching.
If you pick it up out of someone else’s plate, it does not go towards your calorie count.
Ever wonder why groups of women spend so much time picking food out of each other’s plates? Now you know!
Anything with fruit and vegetables in it is healthy and has minimal calories in it.
This therefore naturally includes carrot cake, orange cookies and wine!
Any calories eaten when you have a hangover do not count.
Even I can not fathom the logic of that one…….
If I skip a meal, then I can use my calories for cocktails later.
Well yes, but you might want to think about the fact that those calories have no nutritional value whatsoever.
And my personal favorite:
If you use the treadmill in high heels you will burn twice the number of calories.
That one had me shaking my head…….how did someone even come up with that theory?! It’s worth noting that the proponent of that particular idea was considering changing her gym membership because the trainers at her current gym would not let her test her idea out!
There you have it, a few gems to keep in mind if you’re trying to become unhealthy or break a leg exercising! Really though, if you want to be able to eat more, you will have to exercise at least a little. I hate the gym, so finally bit the bullet and read a few treadmill reviews so that I could test the theory above without the wrath of the trainers at the gym. I made the decision to finally get a machine at home after reading this article. The truth finally hit me that if I make exercise easy enough to accomplish, then I can indulge just a little more frequently.