Monday, March 26, 2012

You want me to eat HOW MUCH????

As you all know I've been so back and forth lately, it's disgusting.  When people say "life gets in the way", it couldnt be more true.  My life has been an emotional rollercoaster for the past few weeks, maybe even longer.  To be honest, I stopped keeping track because I just stopped caring.  Part of the reason why I stopped caring was because the life changes that were going on, and are still going on, but also because I've hit a wall.  I've fluctuated with the same 3-5 lbs for the past 6 months or so.  I could easily blame it on my eating habits, but I was still getting to the gym regularly 4-5 days a week.  My NET calories each day were never above my BMR of 1860, and on most days my NET intake was around 1000-1300, so I should've been actively losing.    Right? 

Well, maybe not.

I've been at this for 3 years now.   I've consumed myself with knowledge of BMR, BMI, NET intakes, Simplex vs Complex carbs, lean proteins, etc.  I've done this and managed to lose 100 lbs.   So, it works right??  Cutting your calories, working out... basically calories in vs calories out.   Everything I've researched, everything I've done has worked.   Until now.

I met this guy at the gym, and we began talking about our journey, and our struggles.  He's lost 140 lbs in a year, and looks amazing!  He too has hit a wall, and has been fluctuating with the same 5 lbs month in and month out.   He told me about this podcast...    Fit 2 Fat Radio.  I thought his theory was RIDICULOUS... He was telling me that I should increase my calories and never eat below by BMR of 1860, in fact on the days I work out, to eat MORE than that.    I've always heard of upping your calories to see the scale move, but this was a little overboard.    It just wasn't adding up. Until I visited the website and listened to a few podcasts.    This is the one that hit home for me.. #83 "Eat More, Weigh Less"  It make's complete sense!   In addition to these podcasts, they have calculators on their site.   I took my measurements and according to their calculator, my Body Fat Percentage is 29.1%, which is in a healthy range.  This boggles my mind.   I put in a goal of 24% body fat, and it said my goal weight would be 210 lbs.   210!!!???   That's only 20 lbs away from where I am.    All of this is probably making your head spin.. either that or you've lost interest by now.   I know my head was spinning when He and I were talking about it.  It seems so confusing. 

My thoughts are this..   I havent lost any weight in over 6 months, so by giving this a go what's the worst that could happen?   I dont lose weight for another month?    

Conclusion - I'm going to try this.   Yesterday was Day 1... and I ate 2381 calories, burned 678, which leaves me with a NET of 1703.   It was actually really hard to eat that many calories of good, nutritious food, which is crucial.    I'll continue to weigh in weekly, I weighed in this morning and it was NOT pretty.. 


So I guess a week from now we'll see how this pans out.    The pod casts say to avoid the scale, and take measurements.  But - we all know I cant do that.   I'm going to take measurements also, but I'll be report those at the end of the month.

Sidenote - My Polar died yesterday.  For real this time.  No battery is going to fix this issue.   But - it is 5 years old, and I've worked out with it 4-5 days a week for 5 years.  So I guess I got my $120.00 worth.   Working out yesterday without it felt so weird.  I'll get a new one soon.

Have a great Monday!


  1. makes complete sense. Remember when we talked right after my accident? Well, eating 1200 calories was actually making me hold onto the fat I had accumulated while recovering on the couch. When I upped my cal intake to 1800-2200 calories depending on activity level, cals burned, etc. Now, I'm back to where I started pre-accident. I still have toning to achieve for the wedding day, but at least I know the science behind it!

    And you're absolutely right. It's hard to try and eat 2200 GOOD FOR YOU cals in a day. I eat a lot of high protein snacks and have been eating 5-6x a day!

  2. you're SO right Steph!!! I even woke up hungry this morning! I NEVER wake up hungry. Like... growling stomach hungry. I'm gonna give this a shot. I feel good about it. :)

  3. I took your advise and when I hit a plato I upped my calories and I will be damn I lost weight. I couldn't believe it. I am doing the gym now three to four times a week. Nothing hard like you but I am moving best I can. So far I am down 22 lbs but still have 10 more to go and again I hit that plato. I have no way knowing how many calories I burn though so it is hard for me to calculate it. When you do decide to get the new polar is there a certain number you will go for? I went on amazon and looked and couldn't believe all the different models.

  4. CONGRATS on the 22 lbs Diane! Thats excellent! yes, increasing calories has always worked for me, I just haven't ever increased them this much. The new Polar, I dont realy have a goal number of calories that I want to burn, its more of an ending day total.. a NET intake total, and I want that to be between 1700-1850 per day.

  5. Just found your blog! Glad to be a follower!