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ParkoLife | Calories and the Casino experience

Do you really know what are you putting in your body and how it translates in weight changes? Be honest in your answer.

Let’s start from the very beginning, to make things clear and easy to understand.

There are 3 macronutrients:

Proteins

• Fats

• Carbohydrates (CHO)


For sure you have heard them before. Each food contains them either in singularity or in combination.

Each macronutrient provides energy to your organism in order to function.

Then, each macronutrient contains a number of calories, distribute in this way:

1 gram of Protein has 4 calories

• 1 gram of Fat has 9 calories

• 1 gram of CHO has 4 calories

• 1 gram of Alcohol has 7 calories
Now,

think that calories are like chips in your Casino experience and everyday life-in order to function- you need some of them. You must insert calories in your body in order to breath, to sit, to move, to exercise, to et, to talk, to have sex…even sleeping require an expenditure of calories.

So what’s a calorie?

It is a unit of energy. More specifically, a unit of food energy. And they are very much connected with your body weight. Whether you’re going to put on, lose or maintain your weight depends by their intake.

1. So, where you get these calories in the first place? Macronutrients.

2. Where do you find the macronutrients? Food.

3. And what is your goal when you play in the life casino? Depends.

Instead of analyzing the first law of thermodynamics, I’m going to give you another way to remember how you lose, maintain or put on weight, and I’m going to relate it to a Casino-that place were you go to become rich or poor in one night…

So ready? Let’s go!

Imagine you enter the Casino (your daily life) and the big boss (the metabolism) gives you 2000 worth chips to play with (your daily calorie requirements – the food you eat). Here the three possible outcome of the game;

1. If you spend all 2000, your body weight is in maintenance mode.

2. If you spend less than 2000, and go home with some money in the pocket, you re gaining weight.

3. If you spend all 2000 and you need to borrow some more from your savings, you are losing weight.

So, think that the 2000 worth chips you spend in the Casino are all the activities you do throughout the day. If you eat 2000 calories every day and you spend 1500, obviously the rest 500 are going to be stored. Guess where?

-Hips (they become Love Handle)

-Stomach (it becomes a Fat Loose Belly)

-Ass (...depends, somebody likes it big...)

-Arm (now you have fantastic Bingo Wings!!!!!))

Basically, all around your muscles.

Does it matter when you eat those 2000 calories? No.

You can eat all of them at once or in 20 different meals. The result is the same, you store them.

Does it matter where you get those 2000 calories from? No.

You can drink 2000 calories of vodka or eat 2000 calories of protein. The result is the same.

Apparently, if you want to become rich, the Casino requires you to be a consistent player .And for that, after a short period of time it rewards you. Either with a higher, a lower or the same number on the scale.

This means that if you eat consistently less calories from you daily requirements, your weight will go down. The same if you eat more.

But wait a sec!!!!

How do you calculate your daily calorie requirements and How do you know how many calories you eat?


Fancy an answer? Stay tune with the next post blog.


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ParkoLife | Calories and bank account

Everyone has a bank account.

Everyone should manage it steadily.

For everybody the goal is to increase their money into the account, obviously.

And, how would you do that?

The easiest method is to monitor your daily income and expenses, at least every 3-5 days. By this way you can keep a track of any potential increase or decrease of your money savings. Simple.

The body works exactly in the same way. It is like a “bank account”, where the Income is the calories taken and expenses is the calories spent.

So, how are you bloody going to lose weight if you don’t monitor closely how much you eat and how much you spend?

Before to keep on reading, let me dust the previous blog post concept: There are 3 macronutrients. Proteins, fats and carbohydrates (CHO) and each one of them contains a specific number of calories, exactly as:

1 gram of:

• Protein has 4 calories

• Fat has 9 calories

• CHO has 4 calories

• Special category: Alcohol has 7 calories

Question No1: How you calculate your daily calorie requirements?

Meaning, how much energy do you need to put inside your body daily?

Answer: just go here input your data and get the result you need. And now let me give you an example: Let’s say the calculation is giving 2000 calories.

You have 3 options to gain them up:

• You can eat daily 2000 calories, and your weight stays the same.

• You eat daily less than 2000 calories, and your weight goes down.

• You eat daily more than 2000 calories, and your weight goes up.

Crystal clear no? Everyone understands that. No one does it.

Now this number of your daily expenditure changes during the years. Activity changes, weight changes, age changes. So it needs to be adjusted.

Question No2:

How do you know how many calories you eat?

Answer: Here is all the drama of the world. Who the f*** wants to count calories??

BUT, WAIT ONE SECOND!

Didn’t you agree before about the way to manage your bank account? How does it make sense to do it for your money and not for your body? How is money more important than health?


An easy way to realize how many calories you eat is to write down everything you eat on a daily basis. Everything. Even the little piece of chocolate you think is made by thin air.

The best way to do this is by clicking here. You spend 5-10 minutes to find and calculate the calories of all the food you consume. It does it for you, no need any math degree.

Finally, you compare this number with the number from Question No1, basically with your daily calorie requirements and then your strategy begins! If you know your numbers, you can do everything. Knowledge is power. You manipulate your diet the way you want. As I do. As my wife does.

And now the last part of this post: Where do the macronutrients come into play? Just by pure knowledge. You have to know that when you eat chicken, you are eating calories coming from protein and fat. How many? Say, you eat 100gr of chicken breast. This has 30gr of protein and 8gr of fat. Do the math with the numbers above= (30gr protein x 4 cal) + (8gr fat x 9 cal) = 192 calories.

This applies to every single ingredient you put in your stomach. You need to educate yourself and learn what each food contains.

You need to know that olive oil is pure fat. You need to know that animal meat and fish has just protein and fat. You must know that fruits and vegetables have mainly carbohydrates.

After saying this, you can say to have no time to count your calories every day. And this is fair enough tho! But…. As for your bank account, try to check what comes in every 3-5 days.

And then slowly, you’ll start learning what each food contains, what makes you fat, what keeps you hungry and what gives you extra energy. Then you will be able to control your weight the way you want. Up or down.


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