04 July 2014

One extreme or the other

They used to say burn more calories than you eat and you will lose weight. I know now that it is not that simple. If you cut calories too much you will lose muscle. I also know that you can not exercise your way to weight loss. It is not possible to exercise enough to outrun a bad diet. Can't be done. I was going to say that I used to eat too much and that is how I got overweight. That is not completely true. I used to eat too much of the wrong things. I still eat the wrong things but not near as much as I used to. Now I eat pretty well, but I'm beginning to suspect that I don't eat enough. I'm not good at tracking my calories, but I think I'm going to make it a priority for the next few days. The few times I have tracked I always end up around 1000 or 1200 calories. That is not enough. I don't want to be so crazy about what I eat, I just want to eat whole, natural food. But I need to eat enough of it. Part of the problem is being home. I'm not doing a whole lot so I don't get hungry. You watch when I go back to school, I will be starving the first few days. But anyway, I need to track my food and work on eating enough good food to support my system. According to a BMR calculator I was playing with, my BMR is ~1500. That is if I do absolutely nothing all day, just lie and breath. Factoring in my activity and daily life, I should be eating ~2100 to stay where I'm at. Yeah, I'm generally not eating enough to meet my BMR. So that is something I need to work on. I need to come up with food that is enjoyable and whole food goodness. I'm not even going to sweat the carbs for now, I just need to up my intake of good food.

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