Thanks Jantwo. I think that searching for the balance is what I will have to do. I'm sure that the exercise amounts will plateau (although I'm doing 30-45 minutes of cardio 7 days right now...maybe I should cut back on the cardio minutes and work in more strength??).
After reading many articles on SP I don't want to wind up in the starvation mode where I'm only taking in enough calories to support the basic life functions of breathing, pumping blood etc.. Maybe I've read too much and am on info overload. I know if I don't take in enough though my body will just hoarde what I do put in making it unlikely that my weight will go down.
I also don't want to drop the weight too quickly because in the past that has also caused problems for me in the past. I also wound up putting all the weight back on and then some.
current weight: 0.5 over
Fitness Minutes: (63,971) Posts: 3,817 7/18/09 7:25 P
Thank you for the input. I actually just checked my Fitness Tracker progress and I have noticed that the more I eat in a week the more I seem to exercise. It's been steadily going up for each week I've been here. I am now at the 2,199 mark for calories burned last week, the week before that was 1,770 and my first full week of recording exercise was only 1,114.
I am not intentionally trying to burn more but I've noticed that I enjoy my Wii workouts and so it isn't a problem finding the motivation to actually get up and do them at 5am before work. However I find it hard to eat the right amount of calories without putting some junk (ie. chocolate bars and tortilla chips with salsa) into because the amount of salad, veggies, fruit etc. that I would have to eat to get the calories in seem HUGE to me. I do eat a lot of everything in the food guides including bread, pasta, meats, nut butters, veg and fruit.
I however have lost my taste for fast food outside of Subway or tacos at Taco Bell (I know not good for the fat content).
I do way more exercise every week than I thought I would previously. How negatively can this affect your weight loss if you're eating lower calories, say, 1500?
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current weight: 194.0
Fitness Minutes: (50,945) Posts: 4,442 7/18/09 6:21 P
In my experience, when you get that message constantly, then you should probably -up- your target calories for the week to something that's about the average of what you've been working out for. I don't own an HRM either, so any numbers are better than guesswork for me.
I noticed a couple when I did adjust according to the past few weeks' calorie burn. For starters, your nutrition page will change. The handy mechanism behind the trackers will see that you'll be burning more calories, and will adjust your nutrition tracker accordingly. Secondly, when I adjusted mine to the calories I'd -been- burning, I noticed that I was barely hitting that mark any more. I wasn't as low as I've previously been, but I wasn't capping out anymore either. I was somewhere in between.
For reference, I lose about a pound a week, and am lazy so I don't necessarily exercise every day.
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current weight: 214.0
Fitness Minutes: (63,971) Posts: 3,817 7/18/09 5:45 P
Ok the Wii is my main form of exercise. I don't have a heart rate monitor and some of my "games" aren't listed in the calorie calculator. I am doing a rotation of the Wii Fit, My Fitness Coach, Gold's Gym Cardio Workout and an occasional DVD thrown in for good measure.
When I use MFC I log the strength training seperatly and deduct the time from my total workout time (ie. today I spent 15 minutes doing actual cardio workout and then it switched to flexibility and strength training as I picked the Flexibility workout routine for 45 minutes). I also used my Wii Fit today for an additional 35 minutes of aerobic work. Every week the SP Caloric Intake calculator is telling me I'm over my calories burned by a significant amount (today I was over by almost 500, last week it was the same thing). Right now I can't afford to get a HRM and am not sure how accurate using substitutions for MFC and GGCW are in regards to how many calories I actually burn while doing them.
I hope I'm making sense I am losing weight but I don't want to lose muscle mass I want to burn the fat off and I know that there is a risk of losing muscle by not eating properly while doing exercise.
I also don't include things like leisurly walks uptown or my daily routine "exercise" (ie. walk from desk to water cooler, washing cars (I work in car rentals)). As I'm afraid that my regular workout calories burned is not as accurate as it should be.
Any suggestions? Any BTDT advice?? if you managed to read this long ramble.
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