Are you eating enough?
Eat normal, not less.
So check this out…….Even though you are exercising regularly and cutting back on what you eat, are you still disappointed in what the scale is telling you? Maybe the problem is not that you are eating too much, but that you are not eating enough. Most people don’t realize that eating too little can actually halt any and most weight loss efforts dead in their tracks. No matter how much you continue to cut back and how much you exercise, your results will go no where.
Now, do you know just how much are you really eating? The easiest way to really find out is to write down what you eat for at least five straight days. Try to include the weekend because we all know our eating habits are different on the weekends. Everything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks, to those times where you sneak a bit. After you have done this, find a free calorie counter website and enter all your food in. We have used this website. Research and find one you personally like. If you are eating less than 1500 calories for a woman, and 1800 calories for a man, you are probably not eating enough. Your metabolism is likely to have slowed down to the point where no matter what you do, you won’t see any weight loss.
When your body starts to realize that food is not consistently available because you are not eating, it cleverly stores a large amount of all incoming calories as fat. Your body will keep the fat thinking it needs it to survive during your food shortage. Knowing this information can help you rise above the fat storage point, and get your metabolism burning calories in your favor.
So how many calories should you be eating everyday? Below you will find a simple equation to estimate how many calories you need to maintain your current weight. Keep in mind, this is to MAINTAIN, not lose weight.
For sedentary people: Weight x 14 = estimated cal/day
For moderately active people: Weight x 17 = estimated cal/day
For active people: Weight x 20 = estimated cal/day
Now that you know what your estimated intake needs to be to maintain your current weight, calculate 10-15% less and that will be the amount of calories you will want to consume to lose weight. As you start to lose weight, you will need to recalculate your numbers. Don’t forget to do this.
Whatever you do to lose weight, DO NOT make the mistake of trying to lose weight too fast. Most of the time when a person has a rapid loss in weight, it is rarely maintained. This is putting you back into the yo-yo dieting which is not healthy. Most people want results and want them yesterday but realize that smart and gradual weight loss will help you adjust both physically and mentally to the change in your diet, your new exercise schedule and your new lower weight.
Good luck & remember to stay positive!