- Something Sparkly
- 8 years ago
Wow- that’s a lot of math up there, lol!! 😉 Since I am NOT a math person (yes, sadly even very simple math puts me into a panic, lol!) I just use LoseIt.com on a daily basis and it tracks my calories and activity for me. http://www.loseit.com/ It takes your age, gender and number of lbs you want to lose per week and then spits out how many calories you get to eat a day. I started out at like 1480 calories or something like that and when I lose lbs it automatically changes it for me so that I will still be losing.
I started May 14th and I am already down 13 lbs. I agree with @shady lane- I really focused on trying to switch almost entirely to “better” food (i.e. whole grain, wheat, LOTS of veggies, water instead of soda or juice or even milk, etc.) and I think that really has made a huge difference and is why I’ve lost even more than I thought I would. I’m lucky that I actually have a somewhat physical job which is basically like working out 1-3 hours a day, so I log that in and it gives me extra calories, but still, it’s been an adjustment to really watch what I eat- but it’s been worth it. And it really is so easy with the LoseIt program, it’s free, and once you go through a couple weeks of it, most of the foods you regularly eat are logged in so it’s even easier to log your meals. Oh- and I do have my cheat days and have gone over (sometimes a few hundred calories over in a day), but overall I’m being consistent and it’s actually good because I’m learning what keeps me from losing weight (can you say soda?? lol!) so I’m learning what I really need to limit or stay away from if I want to lose one week to the next (last week I didn’t lose any weight at all, and I know it’s because I cheated many days and had too much soda, so this week I had only one small soda the whole week, did pretty much everything else the same for the week and weighed myself tonight and I’ve lost another 3lbs this week, so I know I have to stay away from soda now…) So, it’s a good tool to track what you’re eating, too, and see what is working and what isn’t. 🙂
Anyway, that’s how I figure it out- I just let a machine do it for me and it’s worked!