Now, for those of you who actually kept a food journal and want to know what you need to do in order to lose weight, here is a link to www.calorieking.com. It is a great resource to locate the energy content (protein, carbs. and fat) of food.
Begin by averaging the number of calories you ate last week.
Second, compare that to the final number you came up with in last week’s equation. If you are significantly LOWER than that number, you’re going to actually have to eat more per day/week to get your metabolism going – if you’re not already losing about one pound a week. I would recommend increasing your caloric intake by 200 calories a WEEK (about 30 a DAY). You don’t want to overload your body all at once with more energy. That’s a recipe for weight gain, no matter how little you’re currently eating. Then, every Monday weigh yourself. If you weigh the same, increase your calories by another 30 a day and keep repeating until your metabolism starts up again and you see the number on the scale go down. Once it does, and you’re still not at your target caloric intake number, stop increasing the calories, but MAINTAIN them until you reach your next plateau.
If you are significantly HIGHER than that number, you have a choice. Either increase your activity level (intensity) so you can burn more calories or cut your calories on a daily basis. I would not recommend doing both just yet. If you do, youre body may think it is being deprived and will begin to store everything you eat as fat. If you choose to decrease your calories, don’t skip meals. Either make healthier choices or eat smaller portions. As mentioned before, don’t make drastic changes. You didn’t gain that weight overnight and you won’t lose it overnight either.
I know this is a lot of information and work, but I really want to see all of you reach your goals.