On the weirdness of eating more to lose more
Saturday, July 06, 2013
A long time ago I got a computerized diet plan through some women's magazine, customized to menu items I preferred. It had plans for 1000 calories for "compensating" days, 1200 for normal days, and "splurge" days of 1500 calories. Maybe it was from this that I got the idea I had to eat very little in order to lose. However, I would invariably plateau and stop losing. This plan didn't take into account at all how much activity I might be doing to burn calories. It has been a whole new thing for me to eat 1500 calories, and have a notice come up telling me I should eat more because I burned so many calories exercising or gardening or whatever. It's very refreshing! But hard to get used to. I made myself eat extra yesterday and today, but it still feels strange and wrong to me. Yet I probably should have eaten even more, because I am actually feeling hungry again.
I think it really helps the whole weight loss process to use the pie graphs at the bottom of the total daily report page, and try to get as close as possible to the proportions of carbs/fat/protein suggested. Sometimes juggling this makes me have to add more calories to the day than I had originally planned, but so far it is working well.