1 x 5= 2000
Ok the 1st two make sense but how can 1+2=2000? Or 1 x 5=2000? Reality is they can't. Explanation on the way but first let's define "reality" for the point of this article.
Reality is what exists regardless of your opinions and beliefs.
Back to our math problem. If 1+2 is meal 1 + meal 2 then it can equal 2000 calories. Spread these eating habits over a long period of time and we're on our way to obesity as well as many other health issues just waiting to pop up.
Our second math problem is 1 x 5=2000. Well if 1 is a well balanced meal and 5 is the number of times we eat that throughout the day then it could also equal 2000 calories. Since we spread those calories throughout the day our bodies saw no reason to store fat to to feed our bodies throughout the day.
Here's another example. If you were to drive from Canada to Florida it would take a lot of fuel. If your tank holds 10 gallons (I don't know about cars so if this is ridiculous then so what keep reading) and 10 gallons gets you 100 miles at some point you would have to refuel (I do know it's more than 100 miles from Canada to Florida so there). Well if cars were like our bodies and had the amazing ability to adapt to stress we could fuel up once and our cars tank would expand until it can hold more than 10 gallons. Then rude people would make fun of fat cars driving down the street. Since "reality" dictates that a car will just run out of fuel you will be forced to pull over and refuel.
Reality is that our bodies have that amazing ability to adapt to stress. So when pressed for time to meet our deadlines from work, school or both we suppress our hunger and meet the deadline. We adapt. Soon, since our bodies are so efficient, we even suppress the hunger sensation until we get home. Deadline accomplished.
Our bodies method of adaptation is to store food, like a bear before hibernation, in our bellies, between our thighs, hung from our triceps and below our shoulder blades. Yeah, deadline accomplished!
Here's another example. Those crazy bodybuilders with muscle everywhere and not an ounce of fat on them (yuck who would ever want to look like that) they store food also like a bear but they put it in food containers and drag them around like luggage everywhere they go. Silly bodybuilder.
Ok both of these scenarios are "based in reality". Question is what look are you trying to accomplish? Here's a reality, no matter your answer you need to follow the steps of that silly bodybuilder. Why? Cause they completely understand the needs of the body and the methods to manipulate the way it looks.
Oh so their not just meatheads that like to grunt and groan and set off alarms when they train at nameless gyms that will feed you bagels and pizza then tell you to burn calories on their equipment while making someone else rich.
Correct. Whether you like they way they look is irrelevant. They know how to manipulate their bodies to look how they want it to.
Ok I'm sure I had a point when I started writing. Oh yeah, you simply MUST understand YOUR nutritional needs. Yours is different from mine so don't ask me what I eat. You MUST have a detailed food journal. You MUST have a progressive weight training/cardio program based on your goals. Emphasis on "progressive" not just different but systematically increasing stress levels to give your body a reason to reconstruct itself.
Here's the last thing. You can hire who you want, personal trainer, RD, nutritionist, whomever but ultimately it comes down to you doing the work. You must take the steps necessary to define and then redefine your reality.