A change in plans

Friday, July 22, 2011

I have been trying to tweak and adjust my nutrition plan to aid not only in my weight loss but just to ensure I am being healthy.

I have found myself quite active these days, which not only feels great, but is going to help me build that lean muscle mass to help me look better too.

My weight loss has been quite sporatic. I try not to worry about it, but I was afraid something was wrong with what I was doing. After talking with some dieticians, doing some of my own reading, it appears I was right.

I burn a LOT of calories. Exercise and being active has never been a problem for me. I don't sit still for long. For this reason, I burn about 2750 calories a day. According to everything I have read and been told by dieticians and nutritionists I have consulted says that someone like me, who weighs less than 200 pounds, should keep their calorie deficit between 500-1000 calories per day.

So, instead of eating 1200-1500 calories a day, I should be eating more like 1700-2000 a day based on my current level of activity. This makes me EXTREMELY nervous.....but what do I have to lose in trying? Eating less is NOT working for me. So as long as I keep up my current level activity (which I monitor with my bodybugg), my plan will be to eat 1700-1800 calories a day for a few weeks and see how my body likes this change.

I am not looking for a quick fix. I want to make that clear. But I have been on Sparkpeople for 3 YEARS off and on. The problem with me is that after a few months of being diligent and not making progress, I give up. I am not going to do that this time around. It is difficult to watch other people on the site who are not nearly as active make progress so much more quickly than I can. While I know that I should not compare, I can't help it. I am human. I just want to make sure I am making changes that last, not simply gaining and losing the same 5 pounds over and over again. I can wait patiently for my body to respond if I can BELIEVE that eventually it will.

So for now, I have a plan. Keep working out, doing ST 3-4 times a week, and continuing to log my calories. One day at a time.
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    I've known folks to find it to be VERY helpful to bump up the calories if they've been too low. I know you'll be oh-so-careful in your efforts and find the path that works best for you!

    2798 days ago
    It is true, eat too little and you can stall your weight loss completely. If you're burning 2700+ calories a day, you definitely need to bump up the (healthy) calories you're eating. The bodybugg can confirm for you what you're really burning; aiming for a 500-1000 calorie a day deficit works in the long run. It's a little freaky when you have been so programmed to think you have to eat *less* to lose more, but it does work. Good luck tweaking things and sticking with your plan!
    2798 days ago
    Stay positve and focused! One day, one step, one pound at a time. It does happen!! Persistance is the key and trying to find just the right balance between diet and exericse.
    2798 days ago
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