Muscles are built from exercising. “At rest, one pound of muscle burns three times as many calories every day just to sustain itself—and a lot of those calories that muscle burns off come from fat’s storage units. Your basal (resting) metabolism accounts for 60 to 70 percent of your overall metabolism.”
Not all food you eat are equal. “Simply digesting food—turning carbs into sugar and turning protein into amino acids—typically burns 10 to 15 percent of your daily calories. Digesting protein burns more calories than digesting carbohydrates or fat—about 25 calories for every 100 consumed. Digesting carbohydrates and fat burns about 10 to 15 calories for every 100 consumed.”
When fat in your body is burned, it turns to carbon dioxide and water. “In order to completely breakdown 22 pounds (10 kg) of human fat, we need to inhale 64 pounds (29 kg) of oxygen (and somewhere along the way, burn 94,000 calories). This reaction produces 62 pounds (28 kg) of CO2 and 24 pounds (11 kg) of water.”
Your obesity fighting superpower is you will. We know that if we want to break an addiction, we should simply stop doing it and avoid scenarios that would tempt us to go back to it. Since we can’t stop eating, it’s not as simple giving up our bad eating habits. Each time to say no to “bad” food, we’re digging into will power. Unfortunately we always have a limited supply of it.
Get creative with eating healthy. As the food landscape change each day, we also need to adapt and change our approach to acquiring, preparing and eating our meals. Food companies don’t always have our best interest in mind. You’re the captain of your ship, so take charge of what you’re putting in your mouth. Find your creative solutions to healthier eating that work for you.
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