Friday, January 28, 2011
I am stalled with this weight loss business. I decided to visit a nutritionist for a little kick in the pants to get me on my way. I was dumbfounded when she looked over my 48-hour food journal and said, "You aren't getting enough calories. You need to eat more". I could hardly believe it even though intellectually I know you have to eat to keep your metabolism going. If you take in too few calories your body starts conserving and staving off starvation by slowing down metabolism. Since I've been in the habit of aiming for 1200 calories a day, getting to 1500 to 1800 has been a push. A day later my doctor confirmed the need for 1600 to 1800 calories for anyone for good health. I certainly feel better and I think getting more nutrients (like potassium) helps there. The nutritionist also said that staying adequately hydrated accounts for about 6% of your metabolism. I have a feeling that elliptical (and later, weight lifting) will be a little easier to do.
It's a good day when you learn something new!