Monday, January 14, 2013
Although I haven't been actively involved in the community here on SP, I have continued to use it since the last time I checked in and I'm still not losing any weight.
I work out 5 times per week and I eat healthy, balanced meals within my calorie allowance. I had reached a point of severe frustration. So, instead of throwing in the towel, I started researching nutrition plans and though many "diet" programs seemed tempting and were considered, eventually I would pass them up because they seem so gimmicky. Also, I've tried certain diets, like the 17 Day Diet for example, and after following it 100% without cheating, I didn't lose an ounce.
All that to say, I was looking for something that made sense to me and that I could get behind. Well, after much searching, I stumbled upon "Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle" by Tom Venuto. I read his whole book before devising my plan and it is quite an informative piece (over 300 pages). He doesn't just tell you to eat this or not to eat that; he explains why. His approach is also geared towards different body types so that I can tailor my nutrition plan for my body type.
This plan is for slow weight loss (1lb per week) and muscle maintenance. The author is a professional bodybuilder who studied nutrition.
Basically, I will be eating more. SparkPeople had estimated I should eat between 1300 and 1500 calories. On my new plan, I'll be eating 2100 calories on my low-calorie days and 2600 calories on my high calorie days (the cycling between high and low prevents your body from going into starvation mode).
It would make a lot of sense if I start losing because I have found that every time I restrict my calories, I either don't lose, or I'll gain if I go over just a little. I believe my metabolism slows down when I restrict and apparently, I had grossly miscalculated the amount of calories I needed.
Anyways, I won't babble on about it. Today is my official day one but I have started implementing the schedule for some time now (eating every 3 hours) and I have already lost a few pounds (I was at 199lbs this morning!).
Obviously, as I lose weight, I will need fewer calories but that's okay. I'm just excited because this plan MAKES SENSE. It's not a 12-week program; it's a way to eat for life. Also, weight lifting has become a passion of mine and I'm so glad that this plan considers both those who want to lose weight and those who want to gain muscle (very difficult to do both at the same time, so I've realized I need to focus on fat loss and once I'm trim, I'll work on building muscle - I will still be lifting weights in the fat loss stage, but it will be cut back and more focus will be put on high intensity cardio).
I am feeling very positive and I truly have faith that this nutrition and exercise plan will work for me.
I will keep you all updated :)