How I am calculating how many calories I can have
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
When I first tried using the SP nutrition tracker, it told me I should consume I think about 1200 calories a day. To me, that is just not realistic!
Here's my theory:
I want to lose 2 pounds a week and to do that, I need to shave approx. 1,000 calories a day from what I have been doing. (3500 calories per pound x 2 pounds divided by 7 days).
I have been maintaining my weight for a few years, so that tells me that I have been consuming the right amount of calories for me to maintain. I estimate that I am used to eating about 3,000 calories a day, so I should now aim for 2,000 calories a day.
I see other people who say they only eat 1,000 calories a day and I just can't imagine it! I have done good these past 8-9 days on staying around 2,000 calories. It's just enough that I'm not totally dying of hunger. I hope to eventually get this lower, but for now, it's working for me.
Thanks to the nutrition tracker, I am also much more aware of how many calories are in things. A few days ago, I had a hard pretzel from a box and I estimated it to be about 40 calories. It was 100! Guess I better only eat 1 and not 3.