Thursday, November 10, 2011

How Many Workouts Does it Take to Lose a Pound?

I recently rejoined the YMCA with a friend.  If it weren't for her, my renewed membership probably would have been largely unused thus far.  She sets the time and day, and makes me accountable to actually show up. We use the elliptical machines for about 45 minutes while we gab, vent, and sweat.  At the end of each workout, the machine tells me that I burned approximately 375 calories. We've gone at least 12 times so far.

12 x 375 = 4500

According to my sources, to lose one pound, you need to burn 3500.  Me?  Nada.  Not one pound.  What's going on here? I was due to lose a pound 1000 calories and three workouts ago!  Would someone please tell my body?

I don't know how many workouts it really takes to lose a pound, but I do know it is more than a dozen.  Apparently just exercise doesn't cut it when you are over 40, and I need to start adjusting intake, too.   Perhaps the real question is, how many Tootsie Roll Pop licks does it take to gain a pound?!


Diane Allen said...

The answer to the tootsie roll question -- I think after 50 you only have to look at the tootsie roll and the calories are created by spontaneous generation from the mere thought that you might lick it. These type go directly to your middle and hips. :)

Heidi said...

Lol! Ain't that the truth, Diane!