First, most people have no idea how many calories they consume every day. I am never honest with how many calories I eat - I usually restrict my meals, but snacking is what gets me. At night, while fixing my kid’s sack lunches for the next day, I’d eat a spoonful of peanut butter…that’s about 200 calories right before bed. Then I might eat a little jelly, or a little more peanut butter…it was awful for me! While I’d fix dinner, I’d snack on some tortillas or cheese, or even veggies / fruit. Then I’d eat dinner – then eat a little of what was left on my kids’ plates…then a bite or two of left-overs (that’s not enough to save for tomorrow, but not enough to throw away!) then I’d eat that peanut butter. No exercise. Maybe a glass of wine or a cocktail…I’d sabotage every effort that I made that day during a two or three hour time-frame at night. That’s one of the main reasons that I decided to give Plexus Slim a try. I needed to feel fuller, stop the cravings, increase my will power, and just feel better about life and myself so I’d be less likely to emotional-binge. And it worked! Plexus products really made a difference – so much that I did more research on what all it takes to lose that extra weight. Here’s what I discovered:
I went to a calorie needs calculator to find out about my caloric needs. I googled “calorie needs calculator” and this is what I decided to use – there are 100s of options – I just picked the first one.
Then, I filled out the little form. I’m 5’2″ and currently weigh 120 pounds. That might not sound like a lot, but it’s 12 pounds more than I want to weigh. Keep this in mind: if you are 5’8″, you are 6 inches taller than me. Each inch over 5 feet is about 5 pounds. That means that I weigh the equivalent of you weighing 150 pounds. I want to weigh 108 – so that’s the equivalent of 138.
So, the form determined the following:
You should consume about 1,200 calories a day to reach your goal weight of 108 lbs . This is at a reasonable weight loss average of 0.38 lbs per week, which should be reached by February 20, 2015.
Experts recommend weight loss at the rate of 0.5-2 lbs/week. Remember that this estimate is based on your body weight, height, age, gender, and activity level. It may vary slightly depending on other factors.
Generally, women should not consume any less than 1,200 calories per day, and men should not consume less than 1,500 calories per day.
Read that again… .38 pounds per week! That’s such a small amount – and they recommend that I take until February to lose 12 pounds. WOW!
Keep in mind that I’ve already lost 20 pounds since starting Plexus products in February 2014 (it’s July 2014 now)…and I’d lost 14 pounds two years ago from using a super low-calorie diet. I had a baby in 2009 (and as with the other two pregnancies, I bubbled up to 175 pounds). Since I was almost 40 for the last baby, it was 50 times more difficult to drop that last baby weight.
How much is a pound?
Another thing I discovered is that 3500 calories equals one pound. So – overeating 3500 calories will result in gaining a pound. Not burning 3500 calories results in gaining a pound. Restricting your calories by 3500 calories will result in losing a pound. Burning an extra 3500 calories will result in losing a pound.
BUT…consider the fact that if you’ve been gaining a two pounds a month…you are eating 7000 calories too much every month. If you want to maintain your current weight, you’ll need to cut out 7000 calories every month. But if you want to lose two pounds a month – you’ll need to cut out 14,000 calories a month from what you eat right now! Read that again. That’s a lot of calories. Now – what if you want to lose two pounds a week? That’s a lot to cut out!
So – losing .38 pounds per week sounds like nothing, but it’s (as we know) harder than it sounds…it always is.
I’ve decided to count calories for a month to see what I really eat and what I really burn. I’m supposed to eat 1200 calories a day to lose weight. They say not to consume less than 1200 calories a day (in order to stay healthy), but I also believe a day or two of fasting is good for me. If I need consume less than 1200 calories in order to lose weight – I’m making a commitment to actually burn the extra. So – I’m going to focus on a 1200 calorie intake – with a 300 calorie burn every day. I’ll see where that takes me.
I’m going to use MyFitnessPal to count calories when I can’t use my pre-counted food.
I’ll post my pre-counted food for the week tomorrow – since I’ll be grocery shopping, juice-prepping, and bagging up everything. Also…my walking / mom-ercise will start…more on that tomorrow as well.
If you are curious about how I lost that 20 pounds, or what I’m doing to feel so much better about life, and more motivated to get healthy – browse around this blog. There is a ton of health and science information concerning my recent journey.
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