Tuesday, April 12, 2011
So I'm re-reading this book my brother gave me on weight loss "Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle" by Tom Venuto (which I recommend to any and every one! It really has good tips and advice not only on burning fat but also on building muscle) and I'm sort of at a crossroads in terms of my calorie intake. My SparkPeople plan is 1,200 - 1,550 calories. (BTW, I wonder is SparkPeople's plan based on the assumption that I am doing little to no exercise?)
According to BTFFTM though if I take into consideration my calorie maintenance level and the amount of activity I do (Cardio 5 times a week although I recently added a 6th days. 2 of those 6 days I also do strength training. In addition, I have Ballet twice a week) I should be eating anywhere from 1,644 - 1,878 calories. Obviously, there is a huge difference between SparkPeople's recommendations and the book's recommendations so I'm kind of at a loss as to which path to go down. I'm also really scared of gaining fat (if I were to increase my calorie intake, which I know can be effective in breaking a plateau but I'm not necessarily sure I'm at the stage where I need to "break" up my body's routine) rather than burning fat off but I also want to make sure that my body is getting the amount of energy/nutrients, etc. necessary for sustainability (and fat loss). I'd hate to think that my body is in starvation mode simply because I am not eating enough!
Advice? Suggestions? Help?!