Finding the balance between Diet and Exercise
It is a wonderful feeling to realize that if you lie flat on your back all day and watch the world go by, your body burns up some 1,700 calories worth of energy just to keep alive. Add to this another 800 calories for the energy expended in sitting, walking, playing, and washing dishes or thinking seven or eight hours at an office desk, and you have a grand total of 2,500 calories that you must take Enough Calories each day in the form of food merely to keep your weight stationary. These figures apply if you weigh about 160 pounds.
Now suppose, after you have eaten your 2,500-calorie quota, you spy a solitary doughnut left over on the dessert plate. Its loneliness
touches you; unless it is eaten it is going to be thrown out with the coffee grounds and cantaloupe rinds. Sheer waste! So you eat it. Sheerwaist!
That single doughnut is a treacherous, subversive influence. It packs a 200-calorie punch. It boosts your daily calorie intake 200 degrees above par, for a total of 2,700. It is these extra calories you don’t need that keep you from getting slim.
require you to:
One doughnut (200 CALORIES) Conduct an orchestra for 2¼ hours
One ice cream cone (150 CALORIES) Wash dishes 2¾ hours
One marshmallow (20 CALORIES) Write for 1 hour
One small chocolate nut caramel (80 CALORIES) Typewrite 1½ hours
If you consume, above your —the additional exercise maintenance requirements in needed to burn up these calories surplus calories would require you to:
Two dates (56 CALORIES) Read aloud 2 hours
One peanut bar (350 CALORIES) Wash clothes 3 hours One chocolate ice cream soda (400 CALORIES) Saw wood 55 minutes
One fig bar (60 CALORIES) Do an hour’s ironing
One wedge of pumpkin pie (360 CALORIES) Swim 1¾ hours
One vanilla wafer (23 CALORIES) Sew 1 hour
Two Brazil nuts (90 CALORIES) Walk slowly for 45 minutes
One serving poultry stuffing (275 CALORIES) Sweep floors 2½ hours
One tablespoon thick gravy (50 CALORIES) Knit 1½ hours
One bottle (12 oz.) soft drink (120 CALORIES) Play the violin 2½ hours
Pretty somber, isn’t it? Each horrendous pound of fat stored on your person represents about 4,000 calories, and to use these up you would have to climb stairs for nearly four hours. That is why, although exercise is a splendid accessory, it is not practical as a sole method of reducing. Or are you tougher than we think?