After some research as well as some days of exhaustion, I've decided to try calorie cycling for the month of March.
One thing I love about SparkPeople is how much knowledge I've gained by reading articles and friends' blogs. I knew nothing about my Basal Metabolic Rate before joining, but now understand so much more about how my body works and how many calories are required for my body to function correctly.
Because of that knowledge and my year and a half long plateau in the 180s, I began to question if I was eating enough for my new work out routine. I've been working out for almost an hour 4 times a week. When I used a BMR calculator I found online (google it) it told me by BMR was close to 2500 calories a day. Meaning to maintain my weight, I should eat 2500 calories. Well this just shocked me, because I've been religiously eating between 1400-1800 and have been plateauing. But taking into consideration my workouts that sometimes burn 800 calories, I realized that it is possible that my body is going into starvation mode.
You see, while I'm eating 1800 calories, if I burn 800 in my workout, my body is trying to survive on 1000 calories a day, when it needs 2500 maintain. If this was actually working and I was at a 1500 calorie differential for even 5 days a week, I'd be losing over 2 pounds each week. But since I seem to be plateauing, I think my body may be holding on to all fat and nutrients because it thinks I'm starving or something.
So I decided to research Calorie Cycling. The concept behind this is your metabolism can never fall into a pattern because some days your eating at a higher calorie range and others you are eating at a much lower range. www.rd.com/health/health
So after using the Calorie Calculator : I've decided to Calorie Cycle for the month of March. If I see good results, then I'll probably keep doing it until I'm at goal. If I don't, hey what's one more month in a plateau right? www.freedieting.com/tool
My current schedule will be as follows:
Saturday- 2047 cals
Definitely doesn't seem too bad at all. I haven't eaten over 2000 calories without it being a binge in a long time, so eating nutritious and good food to get to that will be new to me.
All I know is Albert Einstein was right. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Maybe when I was 275 pounds, cutting calories and light exercise was my key to the first 90 pounds. But now that I'm an athlete, exercising 4x a week, I need to change my plan up to see if something else can work for me now.
Anyone want to join me in March Madness? Calorie Cycling for 31 days? Who's with me?