Saturday, November 3, 2012

Paging Doctor Duh

I want to preface this with the fact that I have nothing but respect for those who choose to go in to medicine. I give doctors a lot of crap, but I respect the hard work it takes to get to where they have.

Still, there are some amazing dumbasses in the medical field.

On that topic, let me share with you the moment I wanted to slap a "I'm a dumbass" sign on my endocrinologist.

Last October, I was really stressing over the lull in weight loss. During my yearly check-in with my endo the following exchange happened:

Her: How much are you working out?
Me: I take or teach 8-10 Zumba classes a week plus at least one yoga class and one TurboKick class a week.
Her: And how many calories are you eating a day?
Me: Between 2000-2200.
Her: That's too much!
Me: But if I eat less I feel lightheaded when I workout.
Her: Then you need to workout less so you can eat less.
Me: (Appropriate length of stunned silence) Can I see the nutritionist?

Yeah. The logic there doesn't really track for me. She did tell me that for weight loss I needed to eat less than 1500 calories a day.

On a rest day, according to my BodyBugg, I burn 2400 calories a day, on average. A 1000 calorie deficit on a rest day would be great but on a 3 hour Zumba night when my total calorie burn is between 4300-4500 it's just not a good idea.

And I had tried that before. In hour 2 of class when I started having double vision I decided it wasn't going to work.

She couldn't get that through her head and has asked me if I've managed to get my calorie intake down.

The nutritionist she referred me to? Said 2000 calories was the perfect goal and helped me tweak my macro nutrient breakdown. And she is very happy with the 60 pounds I've lost in the last year.

Take that, Doctor Duh!

1 comment:

  1. I just have to shake my head, Sam. Some doctors just do NOT get it. Thankfully the nutritionist was helpful.


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