Should I eat 1200 or 1400? Perhaps 1800. NO, maybe 1000? Geesh!!! Perhaps I will just skip breakfast. Or, maybe try every other day fasting. No, wait…how about a 2 week juice detox? That’s it! I’ll just starve myself for 2 weeks.
Or not…Oh my…I don’t have a clue!!!!
IS THIS YOU? DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?
Are you jumping all around trying to figure out what to eat, how much to eat or when to eat? There seems to be so many variables involved in being healthy that it can become overwhelming.
One of the most basic, common struggles is figuring out how much food is enough. And, I get it! Counting calories is confusing!
Consequently, many people follow the “If all else fails, I’ll just cut my calories” strategy.
But, under-eating can be just as detrimental to your weight loss goals as overeating. For instance, many cut their calories too low. The initial result is often favorable–quick weight loss. Then, suddenly, the weight loss stops and the scale refuses to move any further.
So, what do they do? They exercise more and/or begin to eat less, giving their bodies less and less of what it really needs and ultimately pushing them further away from their goals.
Bottom line: under-eating and overeating both adversely impact your weight loss goals.
The food we eat acts as the fuel to keep our motor running. If we don’t properly fuel the body, our body won’t have the fuel it needs to perform.
Think of 2 vehicles—one a small 2-seater and the second being a large SUV. They have two different engines, perform differently, and therefore require different amounts of fuel. If you expect to fill up the tank on the large SUV with the same amount of gas as you put in the 2-seater, you will be in trouble! The SUV will run out of gas and won’t be able to perform its job. It will stall.
The same with weight loss. Everyone’s body is different and requires a different amount of fuel based on make and model (size and performance). If you don’t properly fuel your body, your weight loss efforts will stall.
Here is a quick tip on counting calories to ensure that your body is getting the calories it needs:
FOR WEIGHT LOSS, CONSUME 10-12 CALORIES PER POUND OF BODY WEIGHT. FOR WEIGHT MAINTENANCE, CONSUME 12-14 CALORIES PER POUND OF BODY WEIGHT. FOR WEIGHT GAIN, CONSUME 14-16 CALORIES PER POUND OF BODY WEIGHT. TO BE EVEN MORE PRECISE, — USE THIS ONLINE TOOL FOR COUNTING CALORIE NEEDS:
Remember, your goal should be long-term sustainable weight loss. End the vicious cycle of miserable, depressing, frustrating dieting. Practice healthy habits that will help get you to long-term goals that won’t quickly elude you!