I was training all summer. I've got 1200 miles on my bike! Woot! However, I am no longer doing 80 mile rides and I'm just doing little flat 20 mile rides in addition to Zumba class, Pilates, weight lifting and soccer. So, very active, but not torching 4,000 calories per workout!
The problem is that I eat like I'm training. Very good food, full of healthy fats, protein, complex carbohydrates, and mass quantities of it.
Is it best to try to cut my portions in half, snack 6 times a day instead of 3 big meals, cut one meal down at a time, switch the quality of foods to less calorie dense foods, reduce carbohydrates? I'm really clueless and I've been maintaining instead of losing for a very long time now. Some diets have been suggested for me temporarily to get used to eating a smaller quantity, some meal replacement type diets like Herbalife and Ideal Protein.
So what do you truly active women eat? What is your average day? And how the heck do you eat 1500 calories when you are used to eating a lot!?
FYI: Here is my usual menu
Breakfast-Sprouted whole wheat English muffin with natural peanut butter and banana; coffee
Lunch-Huge salad with vinagrette (sp?), chicken, chickpeas, veggies and fruit. Bowl of broth based soup, cookie (Hmmm, that might be a good place to start, huh?)
Snack-24 wasabi soy almonds, one piece of chocolate
Dinner-Grilled walleye, corn on the cob
Snack-Greek yogurt with protein powder, flax meal, and a cup of blueberries (this is usually after an hour work out)
See, to me it doesn't seem like there is a place I am really screwing up other than the cookie and chocolate. I don't really eat processed foods. We eat organic, very little red meat, drink lots of water.
Any advice would be more than welcome. I just don't really do low fat/reduced cal because it replaces real food with chemicals. I'm at the point where I will do what I need to though. I've been carrying around an extra 20 pounds for a long time.
| current weight: 152.0