The Who, What, Where, When & Why of my fitness regime
Today’s post is dedicated to one of my favourite things:
Oops. I meant to say …. bacon
I may not look like I eat all of the treats I talk about here and around the internet, but trust me, if anyone can hold their own in a cupcake/chocolate/bacon eating contest, it’s this girl 😉
How do I do it? In my Diet FAQ I posted tips for “having your cake and eating it too”. Today however, I am going to go into a little more detail on the math behind my diet choices.
Now it’s all fine and well to hop on the bacon bandwagon because “all the cool kids are doing it”. But in reality, you need to consider more than just your street cred, and fitness goals, before ordering up the dirty diner special.
|It’s not just about calories. It’s also about what kind of calories. It’s not just about fitness. It’s also about your health & nutritional needs.|
In the case of bacon, you’re looking at a high fat, high sodium food. If you have health concerns like high cholesterol, or poor kidney function, “real” (delicious) bacon may not be for you. There are of course other options out there: Turkey bacon, Tofu bacon, and even Vegan, coconut “bacon” (made from liquid smoke and coconut shavings) are available for those of you who, for one reason or another, can’t, or shouldn’t ingest the real stuff.
As always, fitness is one part physical exertion, and one part math. If you are looking to lose weight, your total input < output. If you are looking to gain weight input > output. At the end of the day, no one can cheat their way out of those basic equations. If you think this lil 4’11 thing (me) is getting away with some magic over here, you’re mistaken. If I want to eat calorically dense foods like bacon, I have to work out more, or eat less of other things, to maintain balance.
Think of it this way, since one serving of bacon is equal to roughly 150 calories, a 5’5 130 lb woman would need to do 20 minutes of cardio (like rollerskating!) to burn it off.
Nutritional facts on bacon
|Preparation||Serving Size||Carbs||Fiber (g)||Fat (g)||Energy (kj)|
|Middle Rasher – fried||1 (10g)||0||0||3||155|
|Middle Rasher – trimmed, fried||1 (10g)||0||0||1||95|
|Middle Rasher – grilled||1 (10g)||0||0||2||135|
|Middle Rasher – trimmed, grilled||1 (10g)||0||0||1||10|
*Taken from Great-workout.com
It’s not all bad. As with anything, moderation is the key. If you enjoy bacon in combination with an appropriate work out regime, you will not set your fitness plan askew.
PLUS: Bacon brings the people together
|Bacon cheers @FreyjaVeda & @GoldenDane|
|Bacon cheers @OrbaxandPepper|
Do you love it?!?