Wednesday, June 11, 2008
I am so excited. 3 years ago I took an RMR test to determine how many calories I need to stay alive while at rest. The number (1280) was much smaller than I would have liked (especially since we are not living in famine conditions). I have been losing weight by sticking between 1200 to 1400 calories a day, eating "whole" foods, drinking water, eliminating all diet softdrinks and all labeled corn syrup and exercising.
My coach (who is a highly trained personal trainer and dietitian) said that the idea of increasing the rest metabolism by building lean muscle mass was proven for men but did not seem as solid for women. In addition, aging and menopause slow the metabolism down.
We decided to re-test my RMR since my weight loss has slowed down and I have been in a plateau. I am so delighted that my metabolic efficiency has decreased! I now need 1426 calories a day to stay alive at rest.
. This is really exciting to me since the numbers go against what would be expected by aging. My coach said I may need to eat more to get weight loss rolling again. Yippee - eating well and exercising often is repairing my health.