Fat Columnist: Shopping for Health
I am one of those rare breed of men that thinks that any kind of shopping is fun. And I’ve always felt that way.
But shopping for health food was a different story.
What was healthy? How do I read the nutrition facts? What if there are no nutrition facts?
As I walked through the Shop Rite, so ambitious and encouraged, slowly that ambition turned to cynicism, and then the cynicism turned into resentment.
I was assed out, and all I had in my cart were a bunch of Smart Waters.
And the only reason I decided to buy them, were because Jennifer Aniston endorses the product – and I can’t help but to think that she is one of the sexiest women over-40, I can think of.
But that is neither here nor there.
It occurred to me, after passing in and out of each aisle, that I had no idea of what the hell I was doing.
And I hate that feeling.
“Okay James. Focus,” I said to myself.
So I went to the frozen foods section. Then I saw it… Healthy Choice.
And the best part – they dumbed it down just for remedial health people like me, it said plainly on the box, healthy choice.
I thought, “Hell. What better choice could there be, other than the healthy one?
Also according to the several Google searches that I conducted, canned goods are always good to have on hand as long as they are low in sodium – though they do warn that we should stay away from spaghetti and pasta dishes in cans.
I was learning a few things, but I craved more information – sort of like the cravings that I have late at night for food.
According to Bob Harner in his book, Are you Ready, “In order to lose weight, you will need to create a deficit between what you are eating and using.”
That all sounded good, but how do I know what that deficit is?
So I calculated my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). Then, I multiplied it by 1.2, which according to bmi-calculator.net is the minimum for exercise and active individuals. I came up with the amount of calories that I need to maintain my current weight. To create a deficit, I took a number of calories from the original number. Any deficit over 1000 is not healthy according to bmi-calculator.net.
I finally have a goal. And if implemented correctly, I should be able to lose one pound each week.
About James R. Sanders James knew that he was going to be involved in media somehow when he realized that the only person that had something worth saying was him. He's not egotistical though, his work regularly appears in the Philadelphia Inquirer, OrigiVation Magazine, Black Star News, Bustedhalo.com, Wow Magazine, and the Huffington Post.