(There's an App. for that)

Do you have a friend 5'2", 120 pounds, who can eat anything and not gain weight? You know... she could win a hot dog eating contest with no ill effect. If you watch her, constantly, for twenty four hours two things will happen:
  • She will blurt out "WHY ARE YOU WATCHING ME!" and
  • You will notice she is a fidgeted.

She has an incredibly high Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR).

  • Basal Metabolic Rate is a measure of energy expended over a 12 hour period when you are inactive.
    1. This does not include digesting food, because digestion requires energy consumption. Yes there are food that burn more calories than they supply. "Waiter, I'll have what she's having."
    2. This does not include sleeping. Calories are burned during sleep periods that are above just sitting on the couch working the remote.

    Fidgeting burns calories. So, how do you measure fidget points?

    There are several products on the market to capture the energy expenditure in a quantitative way. I use the Nike Fuel band. I enter into my Nike Fuel account some personal details, and daily Nike-fuel goal. The goal should be challenging but achievable. If I achieve my goal or exceed my fidget budget for the day then I get the Calories Burned Bonus added to my Lose-It account automatically.

    An interesting observation. On the long drive from Houston to Fredericksburg, My Nike Fuel burn was the best ever. The wiggly, giggly, micro turns on the trip really added up!