Guess how fast he was going?

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The other day I’d picked son number two up from school.

We’d swung via his mum’s to pick up his football kit and cornet and were heading to son number one’s school.

The route between those two places is a single track country lane.

You rarely meet anyone on it as you’d only be on that lane if you lived on it (one farm) or were going between those two places.

Jamie, as we’ll call him (it is his name) was encouraging me to go quicker.

We were going out that night.

I explained why I wasn’t going to.

We were going to get there about bell time anyway, so it made no difference.

And any faster down that lane, particularly around the corners, was too dangerous.

“Why? What could happen?”

And a story that has stuck with me for over two decades popped into my head.

I shared it with him, as I will with you know.

Start of Sixth Form.

We’re all about to become old enough to learn to drive.

A policeman come in to give us a talk on road safety and so on.

He show us a few pictures.

One is off a car which has been chopped off about mid windscreen level.

Along with it’s driver.

Gone round a country lane bend too quick and into the back of a parked farm trailer.

“Guess how fast he was going?” we were asked.

Estimations varied from something like 50 to 100mph.

“We don’t know. There were no skid marks. He didn’t have time to brake.”

Which struck me and stayed with me since.

It wasn’t the speed as such the was the issue.

It was the context.

Driving into a flatbed trailer at 30mph will probably do a pretty good job of decapitating you and your car.

He may well have been going at a speed that was perfectly fine for parts of that road.

Just not that bit.

If he’d have been doing 100, I would’ve probably dismissed it as “I’m not stupid enough to go that fast on a country lane”.

Going round what I hadn’t realised was a blind corner without slowing sufficiently felt much more likely.

Flat numbers are always worth knowing.

But they’re not always the entirety of the story.

There’s usually context.

The research shows we would (all else being equal) lose weight at the same rate on;

A – 1,000 calories a day of lean meats and green veg

B – 1,000 calories a day of sweets

And, of course, everything in between.

The raw numbers are correct.

But there is context.

1,000 calories of sweets isn’t much food.

And research shows that high GI carbs are less filling than a meal with plenty of fibre and protein.

Have to use a lot of willpower to stand the hunger that would leave us with.

And you may have read sugar is addictive as cocaine.

Definitely not true.

But high sugar a fat food (cake, biscuits, ice cream, etc) can be very moreish.

Very easy overdo.

Hard to ‘stop’.

Ultimately weight loss boils down to that calorie deficit, of course.

But remember that there’s context behind those numbers.

And find the way to create a deficit that’s most sustainable for you!

Much love,

Jon ‘2 Furious’ Hall and Matt ‘Food’ Nicholson

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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 The Academy then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at - 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.