The following is a blog documenting two Los Angeles Times editors' attempts to lose weight. It all began on Jan. 10.
I’ve heard from person after person: it’s not the workout, it’s what you eat.
That wasn’t so true back when I was working on Capitol Hill in the '90s. I could run around Lincoln Park (not the band) for an hour, hork down a lot of garbage (disguised as food) and still lose weight.
As long as I ran. As long as I had plenty of cardio, I could eat whatever I wanted. And I could treat beer like it was food, as my former boss used to say.
That changed over time. A decade later, when I ballooned up to my world record weight of 249, there was no way I could dump the lard even with monstrous "Biggest Loser"-type workouts. Even though I was a cow, I could still do a 10k. But, unlike the earlier experience, the weight stayed on. Sadly, I had to watch my diet.
Even though that’s not going to change, the news from the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal is good. A report says there’s a substantial longer-term benefit after a good workout. Put in a solid 45 minutes and you get a 519-calorie burn. On top of that though, you can lose an extra 190 calories over the next 14 hours.
That’s nice but I would prefer that be 1,900 calories in those 14 hours. But short of acquiring a meth habit, that doesn’t look possible.
Times writer Jeannine Stein equates the extra burn to being able to eat three Pepperidge Farms Milano cookies without impact. Again, that’s nice. But how about a workout that would allow me to pig out at my favorite place: Fatburger.
I asked my former trainer Teri Crenshaw to give me a workout that would balance out a Kingburger (850 calories), cookies and cream shake (1,180 calories), and chili cheese fat fries (590 calories). Total: 2,620 calories.
Give me that workout! Teri writes:
"5 hours! (and...ewww! Does someone actually sell that combination of artery clogging nasty food-stuff?!) At your current weight (188 lbs) you burn 511 calories per hour on a Stairmaster. 2620/511 = approx. 5 hours.
"BTW: Running at an 8:30 mile pace burns around 900 cal/ hour. So...If you are going to eat that combo. all you have to do is run a marathon to burn it off! lol"
I think I'll just pass on the Fatburger for now...