Upon first mention you may be thinking that Thermodynamics is some Physics property that you slept through in 10th grade, but let me be the first to tell you that this Law may be the one that changes your life when it comes to fitness and wellness. Too often information is presented in a way that just doesn’t mesh with the method at which we learn or absorb knowledge and apply it. Essentially, this law states that body fat reduction can only occur when there is more energy being burned than consumed on a daily basis. So before you crucify me for stating the obvious, let’s examine this law a little closer and see if we can apply it to our lives from day to day.
By doing the math we figure that if your Basal Metabolic Rate burns 2,000 calories a day and you consume 2,000 calories daily then your weight will remain the same. Add in an exercise session of 1,000 calories burned and you have a total number of 3,000 calories burned in a day. Therefore, we could theoretically consume those 3,000 calories and keep our body weight constant. Weight loss clients could begin lowering caloric intake to 2,500 calories and create a deficit of 500 calories which in turn contributes to a loss of body fat. While this may seem very simple, we as Americans need to take a hard look at the amount of calories we consume on a daily basis but MOST IMPORTANTLY, the type of calories we are consuming.
While calorie consumption is crucial in identifying the amounts we consume daily, it is equally important to examine the type of calories we are consuming and our macronutrient breakdown. Macronutrients are defined as Fats, Carbohydrates, and Proteins with the caloric breakdown of 9, 4, and 4 grams respectively. Let me be the first to tell you that 2,000 calories of French Fries and Pizza are not going to produce the effects of 2,000 calories of lean meats, yams, asparagus, whole grains, and steel cut oats! The saying “you are what you eat” has never been more effective at portraying the difference in body composition of the individual who consumes 2,000 calories of whole foods versus the person consuming their calories from junk food. When consuming these whole foods that are rich in anti-oxidants, nutrients, and quality calories the human being can see a plethora of changes when accompanied with exercise and restful sleep.
Ultimately, I believe that the Law of Thermodynamics is a portion of a successful nutrition program designed for an individual utilizing an exercise program along with it. By providing our bodies with the correct nutrition we begin to allow it to function at its peak, working in synergy with whole foods to achieve our exercise and fitness goals along with propelling our spirits to a wellness revolution! So get out there, start moving, and BURN, BURN, BURN!!!