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The Beauty of a Calorie Deficit


Friday, September 27, 2013

Sometimes you come across a blog/article that is full of information you already know. And sometimes you are in just the right frame of mind to soak all that goodness in and internalize it into a force for change in your own life.

That happened after I clicked on a link posted by someone on Fitocracy. It presented the simplest of all weight loss summations. If you want to lose weight, you need to create a calorie deficit every day. In the back of my mind I'd known for quite awhile that I needed to start tracking my food to get a hold of my overeating. As a scientist, I have firmly understood the thermodynamics of energy in vs. energy out. Nothing in the article was new research or new to me, but it hit me like a high-speed train just the same.

Why do I get caught up in this or that new book on weight loss?
Why do I base my weight loss almost 100% on fitness/competition?
Why do I suddenly decide that if I change the time of meals it will solve my problems?
Why do I get so wrapped up in not eating some carbs while I do eat others?
Why do I become convinced that I need this or that supplement to help me?

Because believing it's as a simple as calorie deficit makes me look dumb. If I just have to log my food and watch the scale go down, then why don't I do it?
Because I tracked food for so long and got tired of it.
Because it doesn't work when you only log successful days.
Because you can't log 3 out of 7 days and expect to see loss week after week.

So I'm here to share the blog with you and tell you that I am committing to achieve a calorie deficit as many days a week as I can muster. But my main commitment is to track EVERY SINGLE DAY. I do not care if I down an entire jar of Nutella, I will log it. Seeing the harsh reality of my choices before day's end can only do me more good in the long run. Rather than doing the naughty things repeatedly until my pants don't fit, I can see the damage sooner in the numbers on the screen.

Please feel free to check in (aka stalk) me to make sure if I'm keeping my word. I appreciate some verbal abuse and hounding! I really need to be held accountable.

Here is the link to that blog.

www.leighpeele.com/the-d
eficit-how-we-lose-fat
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
EMMACLAIRE5 10/4/2013 12:09AM

    Nutella...aaarrrrghhh!! That stuff is just...

I know where you're coming from - hang in there!

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4EVERADONEGIRL 9/30/2013 1:24PM

    Oh my gosh - get outta my head, woman!!!

"Because believing it's as a simple as calorie deficit makes me look dumb. If I just have to log my food and watch the scale go down, then why don't I do it?
Because I tracked food for so long and got tired of it.
Because it doesn't work when you only log successful days.
Because you can't log 3 out of 7 days and expect to see loss week after week. "

Yeah...true story.

Okay, I'm committing with you. I'm going to track it ALL and strive for the deficit. Let's check in with each other next Monday and see how we're doing. MmmKay?

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SEAJESS 9/28/2013 4:31PM

    emoticon blog.

You don't need to spend energy answering any of those questions. I've asked them too. It's enough for me now to know that they are unskillful, delusional thoughts and to have a snappy answer to them when they pop up. And soon or later, they will.

Beck Diet Solution has a skill for every day of a 28-day program and each on has an affirmation that read "DIETING WILL BE EASIER WHEN I (insert skill)."

"DIETING WILL BE EASIER WHEN I TRACK ALL MY FOOD."
and
"DIETING WILL BE EASIER WHEN I PLAN ALL MY FOOD."

True words for me.

emoticon I'm so glad your ears were open to hear! It took me YEARS on SparkPeople before I got the baby step streaks idea. Whaddaya gonna do? It takes what it takes.

With your attitude, you are bound to succeed. I'm gonna stalk you so you can inspire me!

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MAJORLIE 9/27/2013 9:42PM

    It is a little painful to record and see when you have ate two to five hundred calories over your limit or that you are twenty to thirty grams over on carbs. You are right though. By recording at least you know, okay, apparently that wasn't the right portion or that wasn't the right combo, right item or what ever. I need to continue with my recording no matter what I think I did or didn't do. Thanks for reminding me of the importance behind tracking.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/27/2013 9:37PM

    It's true: simple, yet effective.

And sometimes we are just in the right place to receive information. We may know something but it is not until a point that we are able to soak it in that we can truly understand. And then something that may have seemed difficult or impossible is suddenly made easier and possible. emoticon

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