In 3 weeks I have managed to lose 6 or 7 pounds by eating this way (paleo) and feel good. I have had a few 70% dark chocolate lapses (not good). However some of that is just because PMT ended and I always lose weight then.
My question is about calories. I tend not to look at scales or count calories as changing eating habits for life is better but this time I want to lose at least 14 pounds more than I have so far (and ideally ultimately 28 pounds). I had assumed I could lose 2 pounds a week.
However I just calculated that for my age my basal metabolic rate (BMR) has the effect that if I eat 1700 calories a day my weight stays the same. ( I have been tracking what I eat on sparkpeople for 3 weeks). The last 7 days they are around 2000 and that is not indulging myself as much as I would like. Some days I eat as "low" as 1500 calories.
If I wanted to lose 2 pounds a week then I would have to eat 1000 calories a day less than the 1700 figure I need to keep still ie 700 a day which is just my healthy lunch and breakfast. Even if I wanted just to lose one pound a week which hardly seems anything I would have to get right down to 1200 calories a day. I don't know how people do it.
So unless I eat a lot less I am not going to lose weight, that seems to be the rather depressing thought. What I do eat is pretty good, lots of eggs, fish, kale, no processed foods (except the occasional dark chocolate - sugar is my nemesis - I was an addict). I had an avocado yesterday as I was so hungry before lunch and then saw they are 300 calories.
I am never ill. I am virtually always happy. I swim for 30 minutes every day. I put the weight on because I went off eating naturally and ate chocolate over the last 12 months and had a ski accident. I have always adored fish, eggs, meat. I often over eat fruit.
Anyway it seems quite hard. I suppose the bottom line is no will power. Also if I miss a meal I feel dreadful. IF disturbs my mental health and I won't try it again. It makes me want to binge eat.
I did buy this week some chronium tablet glutamine powder to help with cravings but that has not stopped me eating chocolate the last few days.
I do not feel good at this weight and do not look good. Even in my bikram yoga class now compared to a year ago I cannot do movements because of the lumps of fat in the way which stop me bending as if they are stuck on there like a fat suit.
(By the way what a good website this is).
asked byEnglishRose (1169)
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on August 15, 2012
at 04:14 PM
You should consider eating more, working out harder than swimming, and thus consuming and expending more calories. Even if you got to your goal weight through this starvation, you won't maintain it by any reasonable tactic.
on August 15, 2012
at 05:52 PM
I'd up the fat (coconut/olive oil or grass-fed pasture-raised butter) to keep you satisfied and to avoid chocolate cravings which maybe due to your body trying to tell you it needs more fat. Chocolate is not a bad treat but if you're like me, you need to watch portions. Avocado is a great food and I consider it a fat so I would not avoid it but watch portions. Watch the sugar and limit fruit when you are trying to lose fat. For exercise, I'd add in walking and weight lifting (super important), keep swimming & doing yoga. For the walking, I prefer doing it outside in a hilly area. I'd not cut back on calories too much. Personally, I never go under 1800/day (BTW, I used to weight 400 lbs and am only 20 lbs from goal). Cutting calories too much will make your body hold onto fat and your metabolism will go down. Be sure to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night and drink COLD water (in ounces, half your body weight) with a little fresh squeezed lemon/lime.
When I get sweet cravings, I chew Xylitol gum (available at Whole Foods), it helps! And, try brushing your teeth - that works really well for me!
Best of luck to you!