# Today's Calorie Deficit -- WOW!

### Thursday, March 18, 2010

Well, after entering every bite I took into today's food tracker, I am ashamed of myself. Yes, I know I've been eating at least over 2000 calories per day, because of making bad choices, but seeing the number after it has all been tallies up -- Yikes! I ate 2331 calories today. Ouch.

So, I pulled out my HMR binder from last year (a formal class I took through the hospital I work at, um, yep, I was a dropout...), and found my information about calorie deficits. According to the formula, at my current weight, it takes 2820 calories per day to maintain my current weight. Soooo, I actually ate 489 calories less than that! Yeah! That would equate to just under a pound per week ( 1 pound = 3500 calories).

Then, taking into account my workout tonight, 530 calories were burned. So, an actual calorie deficit today of 1019 calories! That's a third of a pound right there.

Of course, I made very bad food choices today, and I know that. I also know what triggered those choices, and will strive to avoid those triggers in the future. I am aiming to consume 1700 to 1900 calories per day from here on out. That would be a deficit of 920 to 1120 calories per day without counting any physical activity, or 1.8 to 2.2 pounds per week. Of course, as my weight lowers, my maintenance calories will lower, also.

This encourages me! I know that there are other factors that play into the weight loss equation each week, such as hydration, muscle weight vs. fat weight, and hormones. But, looking strictly at calories in vs. calories out, the future is looking good!