20 Jun 2007

Looking for something that isn't there....the birth of the Dharma Diet.

What is it about losing weight that makes so many people ignore the seemingly obvious (Sorry Krissy - I didn't mean to pick on you)?

As I meandered through the blogosphere, I came across this post from Krissy at Curvy-chick.net. Here's an extract....

I went down my Fitroll list a few moments ago looking to learn some more about my fellow-big-bloggers and most of the sites I came across said nothing about what they were doing, or how they were doing it for that matter. Some only mention that what they’ve done has lost them 50+ pounds and while these are the people I envy at the moment, I can only wonder what they’re doing exactly.

'What they were doing' can be described as simple mathematics. Expend more energy than you consume. This does sound deadly simple but maybe it does deserve a little more depth for the sake of clarity.

To start to lose weight, first you have to figure our your BMR - the basal metabolic rate. This is the ESTIMATED amount of calories you body expends purely keeping you alive whilst you are lying in bed all day (ahhh, tempting).

So in theory at least, if you ingest LESS than this BMR calorie figure each day then you should begin to lose weight. Remember that you will need to recalculate this as your age and weight change.

The base BMR is calculated as follows :-


655 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) - (4.7 x age in years)


66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) - (6.8 x age in years)

It gets a little more interesting when you take exercise into account....

The calories you require to maintain your current weight are obviously affected by exercise (not many people get the chance to lie in bed all day, every day!) and the adjusted BMR can be calculated as follows :-

  • Minimal exercise - multiply the base BMR by 1.2

  • Light exercise - multiply the base BMR by 1.375

  • Moderate exercise - multiply the base BMR by 1.55

  • Heavy exercise - multiply the base BMR by 1.725

  • Extreme exercise - multiply the base BMR by 1.9
The final calculated result is the number of calories you can eat every day and maintain your current weight. Clearly to lose weight, you need to combine calorie reduction and increased exercise.

To take me as an example for illustartion, my calculation is a s follows :-

66 + (6.3 x 245) + (12.9 x 71) - (6.8 x 41) x 1.55 = 3915 Calories

So in theory at least, as long as continue to increase my exercise and I ingest LESS than 3900 calories, I will begin to lose weight.......

So that my friends is the secret of weight loss!

Now, if it is as easy as this, why isn't everybody doing it? Well may I introduce the Dharma Diet.

No pills, no books, no potions (drum roll....) -

As you may know, I am not a big believer in 'diets' per se, I think they pander to our western need to be controlled and negate the need for us to think for ourselves.

I think the secret to weight loss and fitness success is using your spirituality to create a seed change in your life that creates focus and determination to succeed.

This is not hocus-pocus, just common sense eating, exercise and positive thought all wrapped up in a bundle of Buddhist mindfulness.

I feel a free e-book coming on!

Finally I really wish everyone success in their weight loss journey and believe me I know it is difficult and failure is always the monkey on your shoulder but I honestly believe that if we practice positive thought and use the Eightfold Path to create mindfulness and ultimately enlightenment.

Questions and or reactions to the e-book idea are very welcome - please comment or e-mail me.

Anyone got Oprah's number???


AndyC said...

And for the advanced folks, if you're eating less calories than the metabolic rate you came up with, and not losing weight then you're either lying about the number of calories, or you've got your base rate wrong.

My actual base rate is about 200 calories above what the model predicts. Good for me, I can have an extra few calories and still lose weight! How do I know this, because I can go 200 calories over and still lose weight.

FatBlokeThin said...

Thanks for joining in - as 'House' says, "everyone lies"!

Celeste said...

It is funny. My is 1530 yet I am not losing. LOL My metabolism is on a swing again. Thyroid problems.

642-164 exam said...

How we can calculate that how much energy we have consumed during the day.I mean we have no device in our mind our in our belly which can tell us calculated results.