Goal setting is highly promoted at this time as we approach the coming New Year. We are taught to make SMART Goals. That stands for: Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Results-focused, and Time-bound. In the fitness industry goals are often linked to weight loss or inches lost and muscle mass gain. As trainers we gather the numbers and put them in a magical calculation and come up with the number of calories for clients to take in and the amount of exercise clients need to burn calories.
The numbers don’t lie…or do they?
We all have different genetics and what works for one does not work for another. We are taught about numbers but we are not taught about how our own bodies really work.
Here is something to think about. Calorie counting is not an exact science. Matter of fact it is far from it. The number of calories burned during exercise is not exact and can be off by 20% give or take a few points in either direction. We feverishly write down the calories we are eating and those are all on estimates that are also off by 20% – 30%. Again, in either direction. What usually is not included in the calorie count is the bites, nibbles and bits that we take in through out the day.
Another aspect to understand is the number of calories it takes to digest food and the number of calories that are not digestible. This means, a 500-calorie meal may take 100 calories to digest and another 100 that are not digestible. That means you end up taking in 300 digestible calories.
The only way to know exactly what you are eating and burning is to live in a lab and have everything tested. This is very unrealistic and extremely expensive.
Your body works one way. It uses the energy (calories) that we give it as fuel and it stores extra. Too much fuel we gain weight, too little fuel we lose weight…energy in, energy out. It’s thermogenesis, it’s basic and just that simple.
So when making your health and wellness goals be realistic by understanding how your body works. Learn more by connecting with Coach Kim and setting up your complimentary session. (210) 838-5699.