Upping the calorie intake
Friday, January 17, 2014
Whenever I start recording the amount of calories that I eat, I always eat less than I do when not recording. It's simply the act of recording that changes the way I eat.
I try to stay around 1,200 calories. Somewhere I had read that you don't want to eat less than 1,200 calories so that's why I chose that number. When I don't record food, I know I can go way over that amount but have no idea what that amount might be.
Anyway, this fall I decided to go on an elimination diet because of some skin issues I was having. It was fairly strict, and I was slowly adding back food. I lost quite a bit of weight over a short period of time. I decided to start recording food on SparkPeople again (I wish I was better but I sometimes get overwhelmed with work and fall off the bandwagon) and discovered that I was eating sometimes just 900 calories. So, I upped the calories to 1,200 and continued to lose weight.
Well, then I plateaued. After reading what I should be eating to get to my goal weight, I decided to *up* my calories. A bold move for me. :D It worked! I lost more weight eating more food!! I usually eat anywhere from 1,500 to 1,700 calories now. I seem to be staying steady on the current weight I'm at. I'm actually fine with this # but wouldn't mind losing a few more pounds. So, I've been trying to exercise a bit more, so we'll see if that shakes anything up so that I can get rid of those last few pounds.