Campaign Trail – Weight Loss

Thank you for your interest in my campaign to be part of CSM 6. It is my intention to work diligently, effectively, and tirelessly to bring the concerns of the player base to the CSM, to CCP, and back to the players.

The following is a user submitted request for my stand on a topic important to them. I have given thought to the topic and formulated my opinion, but it’s just that; my opinion. Nothing more. There is no guarantee the opinion expressed herein will ever see the light of day.

My platform isn’t one of issues, but rather one of integrity, tenacity, and the willingness to hold the CSM and CCP accountable to the players that support everything we do. I will not push my own agenda, unless it coincides with what the majority of the player base wants for a given topic.

Never start a fight you can win. #RocTheVote

QUESTION from CCP Manifest: What kind of workout regimen can you provide to me that will help me lose the next 15 pounds to reach target weight 🙂

Basic Math & Physics

Despite what the entire diet industry tells us, it’s really quite simple to lose weight without any help:

1 pound of fat = 3500 calories = 7 days in a week = 500 calories per day

1- 2 pounds of fat loss per week is considered safe, and as you can see, the reality of it is to eat 500 calories less per day to accomplish that.

Any pill or powder that tells you it will help you lose weight is a lie and not good for your body.

How does that work?

That’s where the physics comes in.

The first law of thermodynamics states that the flow of heat is a form of energy transfer. There are only two ways to shed fat: thermal and kinetic.

Eating 500 calories less per day is sufficient for the thermal, as digestion accommodates thermal energy transfer.

But you cheated!

You actually sabotaged yourself with your question though. I cannot give a complete answer because there wasn’t a complete question.

You stated the amount you wanted to lose, but not when you wanted to lose it by.

body change x timeframe = goal

So let’s look at your question again.

If you want to lose 15 pounds in 15 weeks, then the caloric reduction will work.

If you want to lose 15 pounds before Fanfest, which is 6 weeks away, then:

(15 lbs x 3500 calories) / (7 days x 6 weeks) = 52500 calories / 42 days = 1250 calories less per day

You cannot safely lose that through diet alone. This is where increasing your thermal and kinetic transfer comes into play. There are many exercises you could do to burn 700 calories per day:

  • run 10k
  • do a HIIT routine
  • spin class
  • Tabata
  • Zumba
  • Kinect Your Shape: Fitness
  • Martial Arts (high intensity form)

This is just a partial list.

Where do I start?

The first thing I recommend is to spend an entire week accurately tracking your caloric intake. There are many devices that do this, as well as many great apps. If you are on the iPhone, I recommend DailyBurn; it’s free and it’s fantastic!

At the end of that week you will have an accurate picture of what your eating habits are like, as well as your average caloric intake. Be honest with yourself. Track everything.

From there, set your goal. What do you want to change, and by when?

Then do the math, figure out if  you can accomplish this with caloric changes alone, or if you need to supplement your efforts with exercise.

The logic is simple. You didn’t gain the extra 15 pounds overnight; you’re not going to lose it overnight. Don’t be discouraged if it’s tough at first; it gets easier. You just need to get out there and get active!

4 responses to “Campaign Trail – Weight Loss

  1. Hey Roc, not going to vote for you… 😉

    but I wanted to say that your workout posts or pretty good, so if you ever decide to move them to a separate blog or something, please share the address.

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