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!