So remember HERE and HERE...when I was way bummed I lost next to NOTHING for nearly two weeks, even though I felt like I was doing mostly everything right? Eating healthy, working out everyday and such?
Well, my sis in Colorado...the one who gave me THIS fun stuff to help me on my journey...and one who was successful at losing a lot of weight in a really healthy way, working with a nutritionist and trainer the whole time...called me up after reading my last weight check-in post. She had seen me recording the food I was eating in the sidebar for a week or so and said "Holly, I don't think you are eating ENOUGH calories to lose weight." Say what? Isn't it a 'calories in, calories out' formula? Well, yes - to a point. There is a certain amount of calories our bodies need to function at an optimal level. If our body is getting less than that amount of calories on an on-going basis...it goes into 'conservation-mode', hanging onto weight in anticipation of prolonged calorie depletion. So as I talked through it with Michelle, I told her I wasn't counting calories, but I had kept track a couple of times over the first 3 weeks and those times recorded a caloric intake of an average of1400 calories. On Monday when I kept track of my calories I only ended up with just over 1200 calories for the day. My workouts typically burn about 300 calories a day sooo....that was giving me a daily average of 900 to 1100 a day...which for a 280 pound body is too little for optimal weight loss.
Counter-intuitive, isn't it?
So my sis suggested eating a few more calories each day...probably falling between 1700-2200 would be safe and still allow for steady weight loss. After every 20 or so pounds down I can re-evaluate and readjust as needed...because as I get smaller, my body will need less. I used the weight-loss calculator at Calories Per Hour (a LiveStrong website). It told me that to maintain my current weight at my current activity level (moderate) I should consume 3,666 calories a day!
BUT since I DON'T want to maintain my current weight, but would rather lose 2 pounds a week, in order to do that at my current moderate activity level, I should consume 2,666 calories a day instead!
That doesn't factor in the subtraction of calories burned. So clearly my 1200 to 1400 calories a day were too few before. SO I'm trying to eat a bit more, but still keep my choices healthy and as natural as possible. Yesterday I managed to get in just over 2,000 calories...but it was hard! Kinda funny that I found it hard to eat 2000 calories when a month ago that was no problem at all!
I hope this resets my body to let go of the weight it's been holding onto and hopefully the scale reflects that next week!
So...what do you think? Can eating TOO FEW calories sabatoge weight loss efforts too?
PS - Here is a bonus pic for ya...
Just finished the Last Chance Workout w/Jillian last Sunday.
Yep I survived. Barely.