Saturday, March 23, 2013

Geeking out with the Human Body Weight Simulator

I know that this tool is nothing new. I saw another blogger post about it and Russ and Jeff mentioned it long ago on Fat2Fit Radio. But the Human Body Weight Simulator allows you to test out different calorie diets or physical activity plans and see what effect they would have on your weight. It requires Java, though, which is annoying. I'd love to see them do a non-Java version, preferably an app. I just got finished turning Java off on all my browsers after all the warnings. It's supposedly safe now, but I don't trust it.

The idea of the app is simple. Plug in your current numbers. Either plug in a goal and it will tell you what combination of exercise and calories will help you reach it, or plug in a planned lifestyle change and it will plot the results.



It looks like if I increase my activity slightly and keep my calories to 2,000 per day or less, I should make my DietBet.  It also shows that a drastic calorie reduction would only make a pound or so difference over that short of a timeframe. Over the long run, the key seems to be consistency, though bigger changes will get bigger results. I have had a rough few days but I have planned workouts for next week and I should be able to wear my contact lenses again, which increases the range of possible activities. I could even swim alone without my contacts, I just wouldn't be comfortable going to a group practice blind.

If you want to freak yourself out, plug in a plan to increase your calories by 2000 or so per day. Yikes.

Daily checklists:

Today:

  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: Pilates Circuit class
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was over
  • Take my supplements: No, too late now.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Berries, spinach, avocado, carrots, celery, cucumber, pepper.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: 33

Yesterday:


  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: No exercise. 
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was over
  • Take my supplements: Yes.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: Spinach, avocado, grapefruit, banana, greens, berries, cucumber.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: About 30.


Thursday:


  • Average 300 minutes of exercise, with at least 30 minutes per day: No exercise, went to the doctor. 
  • Log all food in Lose It! and stay in the "green zone": Was over. 
  • Take my supplements: Yes.
  • At least 3 servings of veggies and 2 fruits: spinach, orange, carrots, banana, grape tomatoes.
  • Get at least 35 grams of fiber: About 40.



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"Count your calories, work out when you can, and try to be good to yourself. All the rest is bulls**t." -- Jillian Michaels at BlogHer '07