How Many Extra Meals Are You Carrying Around?

by Suzanne Hiscock

Here’s a different way to look at all the extra fat you’re carrying around.  See, your body stores any extra calories you eat as fat, right?  Your body thinks, “Hey, it might be a while before we get some food, so let’s stash away all this extra energy.”

The problem is, for most of you reading this, the next meal is not very far away.  You don’t even have to go out to “hunt and gather”—chances are you’ll “walk and raid (the fridge)” or “drive and order (some fast food).”

So, for every 3500 extra calories you eat, your body gains 1lb of fat.

Let’s say, for the sake of argument (and easier calculations!) that an average, healthy meal is 500 calories (normal portion consisting of protein, carbs and some fat).

That would make 1lb of extra fat the equivalent of SEVEN meals! Now, we all need some body fat on us.  That’s not what I’m talking about.  I’m talking about all that extra fat we’re carrying around.

  • If you’re carrying around an extra 10lbs of fat, that’s the equivalent of 70 meals.
  • If you’re carrying around an extra 30lbs of fat, that’s the equivalent of 210 meals.
  • If you’re carrying around an extra 50lbs of fat, that’s the equivalent of 350 meals!

Again for the sake of argument, let’s call an average amount of calories for a woman to eat in a day 1800 calories.  If you’re carrying an extra 50lbs of fat around, you’ve got the equivalent of 97 days worth of food.  97!  More than 3 months!

You don’t need to be carrying all that “just in case there’s a famine” fat.  Instead, eat less calories (and eat better), move more and let your body burn the extra fat as fuel.

Whenever you go to eat something, just think of eating a bit less and letting your body tap into the energy you’ve got stored in your fat cells.  It’s why it’s there…

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About the Author

Suzanne Hiscock is a PN1 Nutrition Coach, ACE-certified Health Coach, as well as an ACE-certified Fitness Nutrition Specialist. For over 16 years, she has been helping people lose weight and get fit through her website, FitWatch.com. Whether it's with one-on-one nutrition coaching, nutrition programs or courses, and tools or calculators, she can help you to eat better, move more and believe in yourself.