Sticking to the classics and being obsessively nostalgic I value tradition, folk, proverbs, and old sayings. Here today, we will correlate on this particular saying with food: “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”
It may seem a little far fetched to compare overeating to crime, but let’s look at it with open eyes. There are two aspects to it: the time factor, and the crime factor. To elaborate, let’s define crime (this definition is from Wikipedia):
- One proposed definition is that a crime or offence (or criminal offence) is an act harmful not only to some individual or individuals but also to a community, society or the state (“a public wrong”). Such acts are forbidden and punishable by law.
As you have just read “an act harmful to some individual,” and in this instance the “some individual” can very-well be oneself, but unfortunately that is un-punishable by law because nobody really cares what you do to yourself, but the far-fetched reality of it is the damage is not just to yourself. Huh? That must be your reaction now… It’s simple, the damage you do today, will in most fatal diseases has a root from bad choices in food consumption, and if fatality is the end, then my friend you have an “act harmful not only to some individual but also to a community…” Of course this can be argued relentlessly, but you must admit it does have a certain logic to it.
But for now let’s look at the second aspect which for the shorter term makes more logical sense. When we say, “if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime,” we are obviously referring to the punishment deemed the appropriate penalty as a consequence of negative behaviour affecting “some individual.” Okay, let’s take it one step further and look at the definition of punishment, which is (according to google):
the infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offence.
How does it all fit together, when you commit the crime of overeating, you are most probably consuming an excess amount of calories, which are unnecessary for your healthy living. You require a basic amount calories every day to simply stay alive without moving, which is your BMR or basal metabolic rate, and whatever movement you do requires extra calories. Let’s simply and express this with a sample. If my BMR as an individual is, let’s say, 1,800 calories day and I do basic movement throughout the day that only requires another 400 calories, then the total daily requirement is limited to 2,200 calories. If you consume a fast-food meal, you are looking at around 1,000 calories for that meal, and to that the bagels, croissants, chips, Doritos, soft drinks, fancy coffees and macchiatos, all those will mount up to a whole bunch of calories far higher than the 2,200 daily limit. Let’s not go as far as 4 and 5,000 calories, but let’s just say an extra 1,000 calories. What happens to those extra 1,000 calories? Either they go into storage—fat cells, or they are consumed exerting greater effort. Any effort requires time, a strong will, and the energy to do it. So if you’re walking at a slow pace, you will need 4 to 5 hours, depending on your weight, to burn those extra 1,000 calories; or maybe 1 to 1.5 hours jogging at a moderate pace. That here is the “retribution” for the “act of harm.” The “crime” is consuming the extra 1,000 calories and the “time” is the effort you have to put into it redeem those extra calories. So don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.