Gender Stereotype Reversals at a gym

OK, so here is the link to hilarity:

And now, you have to watch this, it’s freaking hilarious, and as a new-to-the-gym person, there are no words to how appropriate this is.

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DietDirect Monthly Sale on Bariwise Bars

Use coupon Code 203BAR20 through March 29 for 20% off BariWise Protein Bars

If you are considering trying out the dietdirect product line, now might be the time to snatch up some Bariwise products.  The 20% discount gets the price from $11.95/box of 7 down to a more manageable $9.56/box.  The reason this offer excludes cases is that Bariwise knocks the price down on cases by 20% anyways, so double dipping on discounts is kind of a no-no.  In other news, Wonderslim has a handful of their puddings on sale this week, about $10.15 / box of 7, including the caramel and butterscotch flavors (both of which I intend to try at some point).

Calories from Fat…What does this mean?

Yesterday I had the pleasure of reading about how many xyz calories are supposed to come from protein, carbohydrates and fat.  I then was wondering “How do I know how many of my calories come from protein?”  Well, here is how it breaks down:

1 Gram of Fat has 9 calories in it.

1 Gram of Carbohydrate has 4 calories in it.

1 Gram of Protein also has 4 calories in it.

Now, this may sound like greek to you, I know it did to me, so I used something near and dear to me to figure this all out; a Snicker’s bar.

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Calories Total Calories = 250
Fat (in Grams) 12 108 Calories from Fat (12g x 9cal/g)
Carbohydrates (in Grams) 33 132 Calories (33g x 4cal/g)
Protein (in Grams) 4 16 Calories (4g x 4cal/g)

But these number don’t add up to 250! You say.  Here’s an article from Scientific American (dated 2006) about how calories are calculated in manufactured food products.  Basically, it breaks down to the numbers being rounded.  There are not exactly 12 grams of fat in a single bar of Snickers.  It may be over, or under, by 0.01g and that little number will still ultimately matter.

Anyways, back to the percentages.  There’s this diet style called Macronutrients and apparently it deals with what percentage of your calories come from each source.  University of Ilinois has a nice breakdown of what each macronutrient does.  Now, the million dollar question.  What should my breakdown of Macronutrients be?

Well, according to Weight Watchers,

Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges for Adults (as a percentage of Calories) are as follows:

  • Protein: 10-35%

  • Fat: 20-35%

  • Carbohydrate: 45-65%

Now, let’s go back and look at our Snicker’s bar.  The Protein portion of 250 is 1.6% (4/250) yikes!  Fat? 43% (108/250) and finally, Carbohydrates are 52% (132/250).  We are ending up at 96% of our total caloric value, and it’s high in fat, high in carb, and low in protein.  Some of the weight training systems call for about a 40% Protein, 30% fat and 30% carb ratio, the numbers vary quite a bit.  Another source states this amount works for losing fat and gaining muscle: Burn the Fat: 30% protein, 15-20% fat, 50-55% carbohydrates.  The number is entirely up to your circumstance at that time, it can change based on what you need the energy for.