November 14, 2004 at 3:53 pm
Being overweight is like being in debt. Instead of owing money, I owe calories. Most sources agree a pound of fat equals about 3500 calories. So, if I am 230 pounds overweight, I owe a staggering 805,000 calories. Eee gads!
But it gets worse. If I wanted to maintain a weight of 160 pounds (my goal weight), I should only be eating about 1600 calories a day. We divide 805,000 by 1600 and – holy shit – we find out I am 503 days overdrawn. That’s almost one and a half years worth of eating I’m ahead on.
So many Americans are in debt (including myself), that perhaps it is not surprising that so many of us are behind when it comes to burning off our calories. But solving both problems take similar approaches. You figure out what you owe, pay down a little at a time, and chart your goals and progress. Thankfully my fat cells are not demanding interest payments. But my body image is currently a lot worse than my credit rating.
Hopefully in two years I’ll be out of debt – both financial and caloric.