@BirdieBride21: @nyscpa2be: @wifegoodman: @Mars62312:
My goal is 130lbs, I am 5’3’’. So even a little bit of weight shows a lot on me. I started at 189 lbs, so now I am at 164. I have a bit more to go, but I know I can get there. I will also eventually add some weight lifting later, to tone and tighten my body.
My sister, a friend and I have been using this free online tool called My Fitness Pal. It’s also a phone app. It’s helped me keep track of the foods I have been eating, and how much. They have every food with its nutritional value in their database to look up, plus, you can also scan barcodes of products. I also have a pedometer, and from my normal daily activity by the end of the day, I walk about 11,000-12,000 steps. I also figured out how much calories my body burns naturally in a sedentary state (basically sitting on the couch all day long with no activity, which most of us don’t do). My body at my beginning weight burned about 1500 calories a day, sedentary. So, I cut my daily caloric intake to 1200 cals/day. I also limited my carb intake to no more than 90 grams daily. But, I rarely get to 90g. I usually eat about 40-60 grams of carbs daily. Now, I don’t crave carbs at all. I also noticed that I actually have more energy not eating so much carbs, and I never get that afternoon food coma feeling either.
So, from cutting my daily intake of calories and from so many steps I walk daily, and from other daily activities, it’s estimated I am burning at least 1000 calories a day. So, that is 7000 cals a wk at least, which equals 2 lbs a/wk (to lose 1 lb, you must burn 3500 cals). That is basically how I am losing weight. My sister lost 20 lbs, and friend lost 17 lbs by cutting calories. I am also making better food choices, I eat lots of veggies, low carb fruits, and lean beef, and chicken breast. I also drink at least 8 cups of water daily.
But, I don’t believe in totally depriving myself of some of the things I enjoy eating either. I have 1 cheat day a wk. On that day, I can have things that aren’t so good for me. But, I still make sure I don’t go over my 1200 cals/day. But, I think it’s important to not deprive yourself, that’s not fair to yourself either. And, I think if you do deprive yourself, you are just setting yourself up to fail again and return to old habits and end up gaining that weight back. So, you want to train yourself to make better health choices. It will benefit you in the future. Thanks for reading, sorry it was so long.