Assumption: perceived hunger level is a valid measure. – #training #swimming #running #health #food #diet #nutrition #fitness #carfree #biking #centuryride

If you are like me, you are hungry most of the time, and well able to eat a sufficient amount of food to produce the effect of obesity.

While this may seem like a trivial observation, it is not. It is  
merely commonplace. Some careful thinking yields helpful insights.
 
How many calories are needed? 
 
I think most people have the urge to eat far more calories than they
actually need to sustain a basic level of life. There is this 
unfortunate tendency to mystify the basal metabolic rate, but it is
dead easy to measure. Just measure the average weight loss during 
a sustained fast, and calculate the equivalent number of calories.
For a man of average size the number is around 1500 calories. This
is the number of calories that are needed to sustain basic life  
function. 
 
Why do we desire more than the minimum required amount of food? 
 
Obesity is clearly not the solution, but rather the problem. The 
only reasonable answer to this question is that we need to be doing
the amount of work that is commensurate with the amount of calories
that we desire to consume. In essence, our hunger is our incentive
to work. 
 
How much work is required?
 
Unfortunately, most people have no concept of the
amount of work that is required to burn off this many calories. An
afternoon in the gym may only burn only a few hundred calores, but by 
the measure of hunger, we must burn calories by the thousand.  
Consistently applied effort will yield the desired result. 
How hungry are you? Why be hungry all the time? Eat what you want, 
then work it off. 
 
There is obviously much more that can be said about this subject.
Hopefully people will share their insights. I'll be posting more about it later on.
 
Regards,
proclus

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