The cat is out of the bag. I confessed it to my sister already so now it is your turn. Lucky you huh!! You may laugh, you may cry, you may say “Crap!! I do that too!!” So due to my weight gain at the last WI, I did some searching and recollecting on my food intake. Oh yeah, I found a few little big fudges that I constantly do. Not sure if they made me gain but they sure could have.
On this blog and on the WW boards, many many people recommended that I eat more. But through my research into my gain I learned that eating more may not be the “final” answer. I wondered if I should eat more but I also found out that I was eating more than I was documenting. Thus the “FUDGE”. The truth is that I am not sure how much I was eating but I am sure that I was eating more than I was counting. I also found out from some very wonderful links and equations that I may have been over stating the number of points I was getting for exercise. Not that I did this on purpose, but the WW online is a bit general in these activity calculations for running so I learned more accurate ways to do it. I realized on this that I was not getting as many AP’s as I thought. Read on to find out how I was fudging the heck out of things. HAHAHA
- Non-dairy creamer- I drink a lot of coffee. I have always counted my coffee as two points for as long as I can remember. I always knew on the inside that it was more though. One table spoon of non-dairy creamer is one point. I just do a free pour into my giant coffee cup. I estimate that I put at least a 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of the creamer in. That is anywhere from 2-8 points a day that I was not counting. It doesn’t stop there though. I drank that for the first half of my drive to work and then stopped at Circle K to fill up again. There I filled up, added some international delights french vanilla creamer and more non-dairy. This could be an additional 3-10 points a day not counted. This “fudge” category alone could have given me anywhere from 35-105 points per week that I did not count or 2100-6300 calories.
- Olive oil- This is another thing that I never counted from the beginning of WW. Well, sometimes I did count it, and I always lost weight when I did. Olive oil packs a lot of points/cals. This could have added up to 21-49 points per week that I was not counting or 2100-4900 calories.
- Bites, nibbles, and tastes- Of course there are always this little bites that I take that I never count. I don’t even know where to start as far as estimating the impact of these. But I do know that they have an impact on my intake.
- Exercise points– My long run gave me 36 points using the WW calculator using the jogging category. After using the Runner’s world equation for calculating calories burned during a run or walk, I realized that this was way off. The new calculation gave me 27 points. That is a big difference but the new way is more accurate.
So with the “fudgy” foods combined with the inaccurate activity tracking, I could have been eating more than I was expending. Lets take the highs for an example.
6300 (creamers) + 4900 (olive oil) + 1000 (bites)= 12,200 calories.
I burned around 5000 calories last week exercising. That is 50 point worth. I ate all my daily points, all my 35 points anf 50 of my activity points. So instead of having 20-30 activity points left over, I could have actually eaten all of my activity points not counting my “fudgies” which would have put me possible 12,000 calories in the plus. If there is 3500 calories per pound of fat this would have put me at a 3.428 lb gain.
I guess I found out my problem huh?