20. Your weight tells you how many calories you eat

May 04, 2020

When we eat more calories than we burn we gain fat.

The scale goes up. 

The same is true of the opposite; when we eat less calories than we burn we lose fat.

The scale goes down. 

Knowing how closely related calories are to scale weight is important because we can use the scale to indirectly measure calorie intake. 

AKA no food logging. 

Doing so is easy. 

Find a weight range you are comfortable with. Remember the weight classes wrestlers were dividing into in high school? That's perfect. 

As the wrestlers get heavier the ranges scale at the same time. The highest ranges are 20 pounds where the lowest are 5.

For most people a 5 pound range is great. This is called your maintenance range and you will fluctuate within it daily. 

If you weigh over your range you have eaten too many calories or are very bloated. Both instances warrant a look at your eating. 

If you weigh within your maintenance range you can be confident you are eating the amount you burn. 

If you drop below your range you are eating less than you burn, dehydrated, or sick. In these instances if you are honest with yourself you will know which is happening based on your actions. If not seek medical help.

The first of the options for when you drop below results in fat loss. The second two usually result in you being back to your maintenance weight range quickly after you resume eating normally. 

This is useful to know because by weighing yourself and knowing your maintenance weight range you can indirectly control your calories. 

Scale is up? Eat less and it will go back down. 

Scale is down? Eat more and it will go back up. 

Scale is the same? Keep eating the same. 

 

Simple, indirect, and as accurate as most people need to get once they are comfortable where they are with their body weight. 

But wait, aren't there more things that contribute to how much we weight daily? You know like salt, hormones, carbohydrate type, time of the month, position of the moon. 

Yes, but few people have urine and blood testing kits in their cars or homes let alone pockets and those are the only ways we can check those variables.

Plus, we just don't need to.

The big four nutrients in cals, pro, carbs, and fat are enough. And as of this writing in May of 2020 3.5 billion people have smartphones in the world. That's close to half the planet that has the means readily available and who are already actively using the tool needed. Such convenience isn't getting beat any time soon. Smart phones are our best nutritional tool to date. 

With one in hand it doesn't take more than 10 minutes a day to accurately figure the nutrients you eat. After some adaption many people don't want to give their food logging up even when they thought it would only be temporary when they started. They all say something like: "It gives me too much comfort knowing" 

 

So there are two ways to mange your calories indirectly; weighing yourself and food logging. The only direct way would be to light your food on fire and measure how much heat it produced in a chamber. Then you couldn't eat it. So you can see why the two suggested are our best options. 

Both of them work and can be swapped over time. One thing is for sure; you need to measure your calories somehow because they are the most important nutritional variable concerning your body weight. 

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