“Your great-great-great granddaughter is pretty fine”

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Can you place the line?

It is, of course, from ‘Year 3,000’

Released by Busted in 2003.

In which the lads describe how their neighbour Peter has invented a time machine like the one in (presumably) Back To The Future.

And he’s travelled forward just shy of a thousand years.

“Not much has changed, but they lived underwater” he claims.

And that “Your great-great-great granddaughter is pretty fine”.

Too few generations there isn’t there?

Down five generations in a thousand years.

Oldest parent ever (consults Google) was 96.

Five generations wouldn’t even make it half way to the next millennium at that.

And based on an average age of having a child (let’s say 30), we’d need more like 30 “greats” in there.

The lads were, of course, “rounding off”.

Close enough for what they were doing.

Doesn’t really matter there, does it?

But it can with tracking our food.

By the time our estimate of activity levels is 5 or 10% out………

And the ‘average’ BMR for someone our age, height and weight, is 5% or 10% out………

Our estimate of portion size is 5 or 10% out……..

The figures we’re working off for calorie content are 5 or 10% out……..

Then, what appears to be a 500 calories deficit…….

Could easily be maintenance.

Or a surplus.

There’s a lot of room for error.

But that doesn’t mean the fundamental concept isn’t valid.

If we’ve ever thought “I’ve been in a calorie deficit and not lost weight” then what actually happened was………

We weren’t in a calorie deficit!

Until someone can be shown, it laboratory conditions, to not lose weight of some sort when in a sustained average deficit……..

It’s safer to assume that there wasn’t actually a deficit.

Frustrating?

Sure.

Empowering?

Definitely.

Knowing that there’s something a bit wrong with our figures will help us way more than feeling we’re a victim to our “genes”.

We can try and tighten up our accuracy.

Reduce those ’rounding offs’.

Or we could just keep doing the same but knock, say 20% off everything.

That should do it ๐Ÿ™‚

Then maybe another 10 or 20 next week if it doesn’t/

Much love,

Jon ‘What I Go To School For’ Hall

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Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.