Your Body: Some Interesting Facts and Numbers

Okay, so today I’m wearing my exercise science hat, my research lab coat and my coach’s whistle. All at the same time. If you’re already in Olympic condition, feel free to bypass this instalment and swing by tomorrow. 

  • There are 1440 minutes in every day.
  • Despite popular thinking, nobody has any less time (in their day) than anyone else.
  • The most common ‘reason’ given for not exercising is… lack of time.
  • The average Aussie watches around 25 hours of TV each week (the number is similar for many other countries).
  • The average Aussie is (1) overweight and (2) doesn’t want to be.
  • As little as 15 minutes of daily exercise will produce noticeable physiological change within one week.
  • If the average Aussie substituted 20% of their TV time for exercise, they would (1) still be watching 20 hours of TV each week (2) spend 260 hours exercising each year and (3) be in much better shape.
  • More than 80% of current gym members either (1) never actually go to the gym or (2) rarely go.
  • Research shows that most people who start a new weight-loss or fitness program on a Monday fail.
  • Why? Because nobody starts on a Sunday.
  • If you consistently expend 500 more calories than you consume (each day), your real weight loss (that is, fat loss) will be about one pound (just under 0.5kg) per week.
  • Rapid weight loss should not be confused with rapid fat loss. They are not the same.
  • My weight can vary by as much as 2.5 kgs (5.5lbs) in one day. For some people, the number is greater. This is not an indication of fat loss or gain on my part but rather, hydration levels along with stomach and bowel contents (you wanted to know).
  • 1 litre of water weighs 1 kilogram. Therefore, the woman who weighs 60 kgs at 8am and (for some reason) decides to drink a litre of water at 8.01am will show 61 kgs on the scales by 8.02am. Clearly, there is temporary (and instant) weight gain but no fat gain.
  • Most commercial metabolism boosters (fat-burners) increase blood pressure, resting heart rate, core body temperature and risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
  • 100 grams (3.5oz) of peanuts contains 622 calories, while the same weight of strawberries contains a mere 28.
  • It will take a 73kg (160lbs) individual walking at 5kph (3mph) 2 hours and 21 minutes to expend (burn off) those peanut calories. Not worth it, really. 😉
  • If you are overweight, one advantage is that, when you exercise, you will expend more energy (burn more cals) per unit of time than your annoyingly skinny friend doing the exact same workout. :)
  • Severe low carb diets are more likely to lead to temporary stinky breath, lethargy, impaired mental function, constipation, headaches, kidney stress and moodiness than any kind of lasting weight or fat loss.
  • Height-weight charts suggest that I’m currently about 10 kgs (22lbs) overweight; despite having a body-fat percentage of less than ten.
  • Body composition provides a much more accurate indication of current or future health risk than does body weight.
  • Unless you do exactly the same thing every day (I mean exactly), then your nutritional needs (cals, protein, fats, carbs, vitamins, minerals) will vary from day to day.
  • The U.S. spends about 170 million dollars each day on weight-loss programs, products and services. Interestingly, obesity levels are not declining.
  • It will take a 60kg (132lb) woman 1.55 hours of cycling at 20kph (12mph) to ‘burn off’ one Big Mac. Salad anyone?
  • 92% of the Calories in Nutella come from fat and sugar.
  • If you’re still reading this, there’s an 84% chance you’re an over-thinker.
  • I totally made that last stat up.
  • Or did I? 😉

I could go on but that’s probably enough for now. :)

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