Thursday, October 04, 2012
Editing to add I did see different numbers through these 10 months. As high as 124 and as low as 112.
The 112 was in Feb really soon after starting but I lost mostly muscle during those weeks so as soon as I found out that was happening I re focused and brought my calories right back up to where I still felt alive lol! Went way too low for my energy needs.
We have to remember that calories are energy. I was so low energy the few weeks I kept my calories low for the sake of losing weight. If you look at my very first blog you will see what I was putting my self through with low calorie.
Now I never cut more than 10-15% from maintenance range. But most of the time I just don't cut calories. I just watch my macro nutrient balance as in I keep my protein up over 20% keep carbs down just under 50% simply by cutting down on grains and limiting them to one serving or less most days and making sure I get plenty of healthy fats usually 30-40%. I will say I have actually not tracked all my food on a daily basis since May because it is simply too time consuming for me. I just keep eating as if I was still tracking.
I give my self one high calorie day but still limit it to clean whole foods unless I am craving something we go out to eat or I have a drink with my hubby or something. Most people don't believe my actual calorie intake but like I said calories are energy and I need a lot to keep up with my boys to workout intensely enough to build muscle and everything else we need energy for in life!
My typical calorie intake is 2500 calories. But will vary depending on if it is a workout day or a rest day so anywhere between 2200-2700 will be what I total. My high calorie day also varies depending on if I workout that day or if we do something active like a 2 hour family bike ride. So it could be 3000 or 3500-4000. Just being honest! NOT trying to "show off" what I can eat. Over all I think I tend to naturally calorie cycle through the week.
The last part I want to share is I am implementing intermitent fasting to my program. I started two weeks ago making sure every night my fast is at least 12 hours and extending my fast to 14 hours two to three times a week on the days I do my fasted cardio. Since starting to stick to this I have not seen my weight go up with the exeption of this week with tom of course.