12.17.2008

Calorie King


What do Ricotta cheese in a plastic bag, a bunt cake stepped on by a football team with cleats, 200lbs of chewed bubble gum, a wet pillow, and my ass have in common? They are all indistinguishable from 20 paces. Yes, I am a big, fat man….but I am trying to change that. I have weight loss and fitness goals that will hopefully lead me to my ultimate prize. That my wife will, if only once, allow me to keep the lights on during our "quality time". That is really all a guy can hope for, to make himself a little less repulsive to his sweetheart. That would make me a truly happy man.

Rule number one. If you plan to lose weight, you better know what you are shoving in your face. That is where http://www.calorieking.com/ is King. Their free search engine is a Godsend. Just go to the website and type in "On the Border Quesadilla" and you will see that your single dinner without chips, rice, or beans, has a meager 1430 calories, 91 grams of fat, 59 grams of carbs, and a healthy 93 grams of protein. Yummy. I think I’ll have seconds. I may have guessed 800 calories just for the Quesadilla, but wow, I had no idea this meal was so outrageous. If you haven’t looked, I’ve got sour news for you friend. You are probably downing double what you think you are. In a world where knowledge is power, you better bone up on the yum-yum if you want to shed the tum-tum.

So I’ve started logging my food, and it has been a real eye-opener. Do it for a couple of weeks and see how the numbers add up. I think you’ll find that your chub is a little less glandular and a little more lard to lips convergence.

I haven’t even tried their pay resources because everything I need is already offered for free. I just plug the number s into an Excel spreadsheet that I have set up for tracking my meals. I figure, once you get a better idea of what is in the garbage you are guzzling, you can probably drop the tracking and just wing it. However, for your health’s (and spouse’s) sake, give it a try and audit your intake for a while. As for their pay software, it looks like it makes it much easier to track food and exercise with a point and click interface, plus you can use the software on your palm or phone. If you are diabetic, you probably need this info more than anyone, and calorieking really does a great job of supplying it.

I hate being ignorant and fat, so I am attacking both. Currently I am working on knowing what foods to eat and adjusting quantities to create a food plan more suited to a human than a beast of burden. After that, I will work on the will power to follow it. Baby steps, my friends, baby steps. As an afterthought, if you are a fan of the salted meats and cheese logs for the holidays, like I am, maybe it is best to check out this site Jan. 2nd.



1 comments:

Doug at Taunt Vortex said...

I hope things work out on your quest to drop the pounds, but...

I must admit that I was very disappointed after reading this post. No, not your fault - blame my dyslexia. I thought that this was going to be a review of Carole King, and that I would be treated to new insights about "Tapestry" or "Thoroughbred".

My bad.

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