Binge eating undermining my weight loss...
Thursday, August 20, 2015
So, I'm having this tendency to eat within my goal of 1800-2200 calories for 4 or 5 days a week. Then, I'll eat 3000-4000 calories for one or two days a week. Which is pretty much averaging out to leave me hovering around 280lbs. This has been going on for the last hmmm 3 months, I think. Maybe 4 months.
I'm happy I'm not gaining...I feel good that I'm maintaining...but at the same time, of course, I'd like to see the scale dropping again.
In one previous times on spark, if I had a binge day, I wouldn't track it. I wouldn't even want to know how much I ate. But, now I'm tracking the binge days, and I'm like "Whoa." But, I've yet to figure out how to eliminate these binge days. I guess it just takes time.
I've created a spreadsheet starting on July 1st. I've calculated my average daily calories and I'm noticing that my average calories per day is 2500. 2500 is also the number I was given on one of these online calorie calculators, so that seems to be an accurate number to maintain my current weight.
I've read that it's best to drop 500 calories a day. Maybe it means don't drop more than 500 calories a day. I imagine I may be having a hard time with this drop, and that's causing the binges. So, now, I'm thinking maybe I need to eat just slightly under my maintenance calories every day, rather than dropping to 2000 calories. Since my maintenance calories are around 2500, I"m thinking if I eat 2400 calories a day for a while, it'll be easier to resist binge days. I'm just not sure, but I imagine I'll have to try it to find out.
Spark on, sparkers! :)