- Posted June 22, 2014 by
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How being overweight and in debt are related
I don’t find it surprising that when my 5-feet, 11-inch frame topped off at a whopping 180 pounds, I was also dealing with a bunch of credit card debt. It also doesn’t surprise this writer that when my debt began to get under control due to a blessed repayment plan through the American Express auto-pay option offered me that my weight also began to drop off as well. The two seem interrelated, perhaps in the same manner that de-cluttering experts discover folks also tend to lose weight when they finally address their hoarding ways and ditch unnecessary items around their homes.
Look at it this way: Acting in an undisciplined way in any area can bring bad effects. Plopping items on a credit card without accounting for how the charges will be paid back tends to bring consumers to the point of not being able to pay a minimum payment amount. They may be left to seek out the help of websites like personalloansforbadcredit.net or new ways to increase their income to reduce the debt by finding jobs on Elance or oDesk.
In the area of weight gain, an overabundance of caloric intake over a long period of time is similar to overspending. In this instance, instead of spending money you can’t afford to spend, you “spend” calories that you can’t afford to consume – and they eventually show up similar to an inflated debt balance but can be a lot more visible.
The simple math of overeating
Though some disagree with the formula, many claim that one pound equals 3,500 calories. Therefore, if you overeat 500 calories per day, that’s 3,500 calories overeaten per week. Eat that same way every day for one year, and you’d pack on 52 unwanted pounds in 12 months.
The best part about this easy calculation is that we can use it to take off extra weight by performing the opposite actions. Instead of overeating 500 calories per day, creating a 500-calorie daily deficit should result in at least a one-pound per week loss of weight – or potentially more, depending on metabolic and other factors. Then when you hit your reduced and desired goal weight, you can maintain your weight by eating neither in excess nor in a sharp deficit.
Oversimplified, I’m sure, because eating – just like spending – is closely tied to emotions.
The emotional aspects of overspending or overeating
The reason this journalist packed on extra weight three years ago wasn’t simply because I stopped paying attention to my calorie consumption, it was also because I was using food to try and comfort myself through a heart-saddening time. My increased credit card balances were largely related to an emotional reaction as well, a knee jerk reaction to a fear of not having everything I wanted at the time – or needing to prove to others that I was a success in business.
Whatever the cause, I’m grateful that the debt is going down along with my weight, all in a healthy manner. If you find yourself in the same boat, I hope you’re on the road to recovery as well.