I've been reading up on how to work out what my BMR is and the amount of calories I need to burn fat and trying to educate myself. At first I felt like I was never going to find anything factual as everyone is selling something! But eventually I felt like I was making some headway.
I understand how my metabolism works a little better now and its safe to say everything I've been doing or have heard recommended seems to be far from whats actually good for my body, or at least that's what the people in the know are saying now.. So I've decided to try out my own version of the 'EODD' diet, "The Every Other Day Diet". This is more of a hunch really since I know from past experiences I almost loose most on the 1st day of two of a icky tummy and if I abstain from the things my tummy loves for more than a few days my weight loss seems to dwindle. As most of us know already this is due to our metabolism adjusting to make do on less calories.
So on 1st read, this EODD diet seems a little too good to be true... no calorie counting, eat all my fave foods, pizza, burger, cake, and learn to fall in love with food again.. surely this has to leave anyone with half a brain with a doubting 'quisitive brow going on! So as a precautionary measure I'm going to test the waters so to speak & try a slightly less drastic measure and tailor the general idea to me and my circumstances. As a full-time Mum with serious health limitations I am on the go from morn til night without ever actually raising my heart beat above more than a gentle flutterin' and as such I do not have either the time nor the energy I had when single or fit & healthy to devote to my previously loved, nah, worshiped exercise regime as I dream of doing. So now out with the dreaming and in with the practical!
After using many differing online calculators and then finally reading up on which ones I believe to be more scientifically accurate I decided to go with the "Mifflin - St Jeor Formula" which as recent as 2005, the ADA (American Dietetic Association) published in a comparison of various equations and they found the Mifflin-St Jeor was found to be the most accurate. It is based on the equasion:
10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) - 5 x age (y) + 5
10 x weight (kg) + 6.25 x height (cm) - 5 x age (y) - 161.
You can find a Calorie Needs Calculator using this formula at http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm
This will give you the calories you need to a)maintain your present weight, b)have fat loss & c) have extreme fat loss which is also incidentally, the rock bottom amount of calories you need to digest to still lose weight without risking burning muscle tissue & sending your metabolism into starvation mode & hence lose no weight!
Then if you click on the "7 Day Calorie Cycle (ZigZag)" tab it gives you a idea of how to improvise your own cycling or zigzag method while still maintaining the security you've become accustomed to of roughly counting your calories.
Based on this and also after taking a gander briefly at the "Jon Benson's Every Other Day Diet" Presentation Video at http://a2a9a7ucw4ktcsadz6e5ug8w3b.hop.clickbank.net/?tid=FDCC
I took a look at my schedule and worked out on which days/evenings I am most likely to crave food & which days I'm too busy to even locate my kitchen! Then I was able to draw up my own plan. To work it has to have highs and lows with the lows going no lower than your "extreme fat loss" minimum calorie intake and the high's no higher than your "maintenance" calorie intake.
So I am about to start this tomorrow. I am unusually documenting this as this is the first time I actually feel quite positive about my change of food intake due to my being a rigid creature of habit! This feels different. It feels logical. Therefore, in my brain cell anyway, if something is logic, then it will work,.. won't it??
At the very least I know this is a doable nutritional plan which I can stick to lifelong without causing the usual cravings and yo-yo effect that severe diets can bring.
Anyway what I'd like to know is, if anyone has tried this EODD and stuck to it and can tell me how they fared on it? As usual I'm skeptical about paying out for a system I have no personal evidence is effective, but I am very much interested in other peoples opinions particularly as I'm a self-proclaimed amateur at all this!
So I'm off to my minimal-at-best, low-energy, more-like-stretching-workout to kick start this plan with all 15 mins of it!