Arts Vs Science = Information

Yummy... Ok, so you’re probably thinking that this is just another blog and why the frick should you read it. Firstly, this is an ideas forum – if you want to know more about a subject related to health, activity and lifestyle, let me know and I’ll do the research to provide you with the latest info’. Secondly, this isn’t the gospel according to me – it’s supposed to be fun, engaging and full of banter and information that you can use and abuse. So since Easter’s coming up let’s get cracking (get it…?).

If you want to be sharper at work, feel less tired and generally feel a bit better about yourself chances are exercise is the part of the answer.

You guys know that being physically active offers benefits far beyond the obvious. (Of course, an improved physique and a clean bill of health aren’t too shabby, either.)

Being physically active and eating well are integral to the process of feeling sharper, which brings me on the forthcoming Easter break. The shop’s are full of chocolate covered snacks, which usually means sugar isn’t too far behind. Before you rush out and buy the latest eggs it pays to know a bit about what you’re eating and how it links with exercise.

The Science
Recent US research found healthy people who eat chocolate regularly tend to have a lower Body Mass Index (BMI) than those who don’t eat it at all. However, the key is having small amounts. For example, a large Easter bunny can have as many as 1075 calories, whereas the small hollow eggs only have about 72 calories. The motto here is savour the flavour. Check out the below as an example.

Egg selection KJ Fat (approx)
200g Easter Bunny 3740 50g
1 Crème Egg 718 6g
3 mini eggs 560 7.5g
Small hot cross bun (no butter) 600 2g
Large hot cross bun (with butter) 1200 10g
Choc chip hot cross bun 1100 9g

The obvious column isn’t so much the fat content but the middle ‘KJ (kilojoules) column. You use energy no matter what you’re doing, even when sleeping. Your Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR is the amount of calories you would burn if you were asleep all day. Therefore The Harris Benedict Equation determines your total daily energy expenditure (calories).

The BMR formula uses the variables of height, weight, age and gender to calculate the Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). This tool then uses the Harris Benedict Equation to determine your total daily energy expenditure (calories). The Harris Benedict Equation is a formula that uses your BMR and then applies an activity factor. This is more accurate than calculating energy needs based on total body weight alone. The only factor it omits is lean body mass and thus the ratio of muscle-to-fat a body has. Remember, leaner bodies need more energy than less lean ones. Therefore, this equation will be accurate in all people except the very muscular (Harris-Benedict will under-estimate energy needs) and overweight people (Harris-Benedict will over-estimate energy needs).

If you’re confused about how it all works, email me for further information.

If you really want to indulge a little bit this Easter then head to Mister Nice Guy Cup Cakes on 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra. They’re Vegan, which means it’s decent chocolate and full of natural wonder.

Stay active.

Stuart

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