How Big Is Your Calories Glass?

Did you ever find yourself thinking it’s “not fair” you can’t eat what you want, when you want, in the amount you want?

Yeah, me too.

But the reality is that there is a limit to how much we can eat when it comes to losing fat and improving body composition.

A few days ago we talked about scale weight and calories. Remember this? “The scale only tells us one thing. How MUCH we are eating. Quantity. Portion Size. In other words if I eat more (calories) it goes up, if I eat less (calories) it goes down.”

The hard part to wrap our head around is that not everybody can eat the same amount and get the same results.

glasswareTake a look at the picture to your right. Let’s say the glass in the middle was my body when I was 21 years old, serving in the Army, and in some of the best shape of my life. There is going to be a lot of food that can go in that glass before it starts overflowing. In our bodies when food “overflows” it gets stored as fat – bogus, but true.

My glass isn’t that big anymore. It’s probably more like the one next to it to the left. Quite a bit smaller. It takes a lot less to cause that one to overflow.

But why did my glass shrink?

That is the million dollar question!

Our glasses get (or already are) smaller for a number of reasons:

  • Women generally start out with smaller glasses than men. Muscle mass, hormone profile, etc. means that women have to eat less than men right from the get go.
  • As we age there is a reduction in metabolic rate and muscle mass. We have to eat less as we get older to maintain the same weight. (The good news is that strength training helps mitigate this.)
  • Stress. Sleep. Current Diet. Activity Level. All these things affects our hormone profiles and metabolic systems that can cause us to have to trade our glasses in for a new size to maintain the same weight.
  • Prior Overweight and Obesity. This is really the one that affect me now, and it is why I am so passionate that we help prevent our kids from getting overfat. The  metabolic damage caused by metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes, even if they have been reversed through diet and exercise, can cause the metabolic rate to stay decreased below “normal”. In other words because I have been 100 pounds overweight, even though I am normal weight now, means I have to eat less calories than people who have never been overfat, all other things being equal.

Now that may sound like a whole glassful (sorry 🙂 ) of bad news, but it is more of an “is” thing than a “bad” thing. Regardless of where we are and how we got there, we can do something about it. We can work on decreasing our stress levels, getting more sleep, hitting the gym 3 or 4 times a week. All those things can help us maintain or even increase the size of our glass.

Remember the number on the scale is an outcome. What you eat on a daily basis is a result of habits, so if we can improve our habits, like planning out our meals, shopping, cooking, slowing down and enjoying our food, etc., we can improve the outcome.

Is your glass half empty, or half full?

It’s up to you!



About the author

Coach Dean

Former Fat Boy Turned Health and Fitness Junkie. Award Winning Fitness Business Owner and Trainer. World Class Nutrition Coach. Truth Teller. Scholar. Opinionated. Humble and Willing To Tell You About It. Tell Dean He Is Full Of It On Any Of His Social Media Profiles. He Will Probably Agree.

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