Yes, we eat 3.6% of the Elephant's daily intake!
I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays season and a safe New Year. With that said, many of us are going to be enjoying THE feast of feasts. The holidays are usually marked by family, friends, gifts and thousands of calories. Between the end of December and New Years, most of us are going to be consuming so much food it would make an elephant blush. How much food? According to an article by webMD, the average holiday meal can be over 2500 calories. Assuming that most people are on a 2000 calorie/day diet, your daily intake on any given holiday can be well over the daily limit…in a single meal. See I told you an elephant would blush. Speaking of elephants, did you know African elephants consume an average of 70,158 calories per day? However, this is mostly grass and nutritious wild food. Ok, so maybe we got a long way to go to get to 70,158 calories…and maybe they won’t be blushing quite yet. I mean, c’mon, we are only eating 3.6% of the total calories per day an elephant eats for a single holiday meal. Unfortunately, for us, these are mostly empty calories unlike the nutritionally (and fiber) dense food the elephant eats. The Holiday foods usually consist of a turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, ample deserts, alcohol, and plenty of chocolate. It’s a full days work to prepare such a feast and it only takes a few hours to eat all of it. So what’s the point? We are not elephants nor are we eating grass. The point is because the Holidays are right around the corner, it is important to watch those calories and watch your weight.
I’m sure you have heard, obesity is an epidemic in America. 33.8% of Americans are stricken with the disease. And this only costs us $147 BILLION annually (and that number is growing). The problem with obesity is not that it’s only the fat that’s killing us, it causes a host of other health complications. Just look at this list provided by the CDC:
Research has shown that as weight increases to reach the levels referred to as “overweight” and “obesity,”* the risks for the following conditions also increases:1
- Coronary heart disease
- Type 2 diabetes
- Cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Dyslipidemia (for example, high total cholesterol or high levels of triglycerides)
- Liver and Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
- Osteoarthritis (a degeneration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint)
- Gynecological problems (abnormal menses, infertility)
The simple fact is we eat too much and don’t do enough weight loss activities. We eat empty calories that have low nutrition and consume tons (literally) of fast food. We are eating too much and not burning enough. Unlike elephants, which require 70k calories to move around and keep their systems functioning (not to mention all the rough housing) we are usually sedentary: sitting on the car to work, sitting on a chair at work, coming home eating a large meal followed by more couch grazing at night. All day and all night we sit and barely move. Imagine when we were hunter-gatherers. We barely got enough calories to survive and as a result our bodies took on a more athletic look. We were forced to continue moving and actively chase our food. Indeed, we are all still supposed to be hunter-gatherers according to our thousands of years of evolution. However, we are not. We are grocery shoppers. 33.8% of Americans don’t get enough exercise and at risk of all the above. Let’s face it, we are a fat culture that loves eating. Especially during the holidays.
So this season, let’s try to be more like hunter-gatherers. No, I don’t mean go hunting, but instead let’s lean up our lifestyles. Let’s lose some weight instead of gaining weight for the holidays. In fact, losing weight has gotten easier than ever with the help of Breathslim. You simply breathe and your weight will be exhaled. Just 20 minutes a day and you will be able to exhale those unwanted pounds within a few weeks. Try it today risk free for 30 days and let us know what you think! You can drop us a testimonial here or just leave a comment in the blog!