I read an article today on MSN about weight loss. http://health.msn.com/dietfitness/articlepage.aspx?cp-documentid=100158805&page=2It gave a way to decide how many calories to intake and since I've decided to start a food log to see how many calories/fats/fibers/proteins I eat, I thought it was pretty interesting.
"Gold also helped the Blittersdorfs set daily calorie goals, based on how many calories they needed just to maintain their current weights. A simple formula gave them a ballpark range: their current weight in pounds, times 12. Since one pound of fat contains about 3,500 calories, they'd need to cut 3,500 calories on average—about 500 per day—to lose one pound a week. Doubling that to 1,000 fewer daily calories would let them lose approximately two pounds per week. (The lowest calorie goal on the plan is 1,200 daily calories; below that level, "it's hard to meet your daily nutrition needs," explains Harvey-Berino.)"
So, let's see, for me 190 x 12 = 2280 calories.
Wow! To me, that seems like a lot of calories to eat in one day. I really didn't think I consumed even half that number. I guess I'll soon be proven right (in my assumptions) or wrong. So, to meet my 2 pounds a week goal, I need to cut 1,000 calories a day out of my diet. WOW! That sounds exceptionally daunting. So, that means I need to eat about 1280 calories a day, right?!?!
I guess my question is, if I don't eat that many calories in an average day, then why I am still gaining weight? Is it my complete lack of excersise? Speaking of which, do I get to count mowing my lawn as excersise? hehe. I sure think it is!
Off to the store. Wish me luck this week. I'm going to need it =)