I signed up to go see Jillian Michaels with a girl friend last week. I'm not a big fan of the Biggest Loser and didn't know much about her either. I was just interested in a new learning opportunity. Turned out, my date couldn't make it because she had to travel for work, so I was left to find a new one. I figured KV could use a night out, so she joined me for the show. We were ready to Maximize Our Lives!
The show was divided into 3 sets....
Science - This part was all about eating habits. She went through food labels describing the top 5 ingredients you don't want to see on labels. An interesting point she made was about all the different sugar variations that are used because if companies just used "sugar" it would have to be listed first. So instead they use a ton of different varieties... Glucose, sucrose, this list went on. Another good point she made was about "value" meals at certain fast food joints. How much "value" can you really get for a buck?! How quality is that meal that you are buying for 100 pennies? It can't be quality and it can't be good for you. Instead the money you think you are saving, you will later spend on medical bills from the illnesses you'll eventually come down with.
A few other interesting points
- Serving sizes on drinks - There was an apple juice bottle that had 2.5 servings in it. Who shares a bottled drink these days?
- Animals getting hormones - Showed pictures of cows shot up with hormones to keep them alive until slaughter. She gave a shout out to Indy's new Punch Burger restaurant because they had grass fed cows. Pictures were shocking.
- Organic shopping - Don't have to buy all organic. Buy the thin skinned fruits and veggies as organic. Thick skinned ones stand up better to the pesticides.
Sweat - Jillian said the big secret............... Eat less. Move more.
I totally agree. For me, food is fuel. My philosophy is to approach food as individual calories. You start to think about having to burn those calories. If you don't burn it, it's stays with you as pounds. Now for the math portion. 1 pound = 3500 calories. You have to net burn through 3500 calories to lose one single pound. That seems daunting for anyone I imagine. So how do you break it down? Start with BMR - Basal Metabolic Rate.
BMR is the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day. I stand by the importance of this number. Not BMI. BMI is a waste. My definition of BMR is how many calories you can eat without worry. Mine is 1400. She then had you pick your activity level 1-4. 1 = sedentary activity, 2 = low active, 3 = active, 4 = very active. Picking your activity level will get you your AMR - Active Metabolic Rate, the number of calories you burn in a day. BMR multiplied by 1.#activity level = AMR. Even if I have a low active 2 day, my AMR works out to be 1680.
AMR becomes your maintenance number. To maintain your current weight, that's the number of calories to eat. So if you want to lose weight, you either eat less or move more. Simple! All of this I already knew, but it was a good reminder to hear it from another source. Proves the concept is legit. The new number I learned to add to my calculations was my THR, target heart rate. JM wants you to work out at 85% effort level. For this calculation you subtract your age from 220 then multiply by .85. Mine works out to 26.2 beats for a 10 sec period. I'll be checking this frequently in my workouts now.
Self - I got more out of this portion that I thought I would. KV and I had discussed leaving early but ended up really digging what JM was saying. A few highlights:
- Don't start conversations with a "you" statement. This is something I am actively trying to do in my interactions now.
- Own your past. To understand who you are, you have to understand where you came from. This is hard for lots of people to face, but if you sift through the rubble and own up to your past, you'll be able to move beyond it.
- Build willpower by thinking things through. She related this mostly to skipping desserts and drive thrus, but for me it can relate to any behavior that deals with instant gratification.
Best part, JM didn't push her products on us at all! If she comes to your city, it's worth the ticket price. Well, our ticket price was under $30 and we were upgraded when we got to the show! So overall, that made the show an A+ for me!