Now why hadn’t I thought of that before this? Sure, if you climb up a mountain and maybe run down the same mountain, you might burn a few calories. Quit a few. So it can’t hurt with the weight battle. But wait! There is much more to this story.
The subject of weight loss is like water or air these days. It is everywhere. So I thought I would weigh-in on the subject. After all everybody has an opinion.
Mountain or Kitchen?
On the mountain I might be climbing and running for five, six or seven hours. That melts the blubber, right? Climbing, sweating, jogging, running. It burns those calories so I can eat anything I want. That is why I climb mountains.
I have a question for you. If you climb a mountain every single day, not just once a week, but every, single day, day after day after day, can you still get fat? Yes!! You can always out eat your exercise. Exercise certainly helps you maintain your weight, but only if you have a tight control of everything in your kitchen. So the kitchen wins, not the mountain.
Weight or Fat?
As long as we are on the subject of weight loss, let’s discuss fat loss for a moment. It is not the weight you should be concerned about, it is the fat. Don’t watch your weight. Watch your fat! If you lose 5 pounds of muscle it does you no good at all, but if it is fat, that’s good.
I recommend hydrostatic weighing. First they weigh you on a scale. Then they put you under water and weigh you there. It gives a very accurate body fat percentage. If you have a scale that measures body fat that’s good. They are not that accurate, but if you know the percentage difference between what the scale says and what the hydrostatic test says, you can determine the correct number every time you use your scale.
No comment! Well, maybe a very short comment. If there is one subject area that contains more confusion than any other it is diet. The trend is towards more personalized diets based on your genetics and where your ancestors lived. Once the “experts” get that dialed in we will all be better off.