to diet, or not to diet...

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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 21:48
'diet' simply means the food a person habitually eats, good or bad --i.e., we either maintain a good/healthy diet or one that isn't; however, in either case it's still a 'diet', like it or not. Smile

i'm back to trying to maintain a healthy diet 'cause i gained far too much weight by not eating good food. years ago i set a 12-month goal and reached it but then slipped into my old unhealthy eating habits and am now paying the price for it as i, once again, set a 12-month weight loss goal (lose 100lbs @ 8.34lbs per month or better). it's a reasonable attainable goal plus it'll give me time to alter my bad habits and hopefully establish good healthy eating.

For starters, I know I can lose 0.50lbs per day if i drop from a 2000-calorie daily intake to 1500 calories, plus exercise sufficiently on a daily basis so that I burn at least 5000 calories per day at least 4 to 6 days a week throughout the year.

In order to drop to 1500 calories per day (vs 2000-2200) means eating smaller portions and watching the nutrient values like a hawk (cholesterol; fat; carbs; protein; sodium; sugar; fiber, etc) and drinking water like a fiend (80floz/day @ 10floz/drink).

I now use these values to guide me as i stick to my 1500/5000 healthy diet regime: sodium, 2200mg; sugar, 100g; total fat, 60g; carbs, 250g; protein, 60g; cholesterol, 200mg; fiber, 50g+).

What also helps me maintain this new regime is that I go to bed earlier (before midnight to quit munching) and sleep at least 6-8 hours per night.

Does this work? --it works for me, thus far, and I've lost 23lbs in 28 days (0.82lbs/per day average).

My big change, besides portion control and remembering that I now eat to live and not like before when I lived to eat, I don't eat 1000-calorie combo meals anywhere nor gulp down 20floz fountain drinks and gobble the fries or onion rings...

If I can do it, so can you, if you want. Good luck.

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Posted: 06 Jul 2013, 22:48
I think your intentions are good but your long term expectation is too high in terms of how quickly the weight will come off nor is it good to rush it

Burning 5000 calories a day puts you in super athlete territory and is unsustainable likely resulting In injury or burn out or worse
Can you really commit to 5 hours a day off intense exercise whilst eating so little?
Go for about a 500 to 1000 calorie deficit if you quite heavy

Weight loss at first is usually quite high if you are very heavy and then restrict your intake but this will slow down

It's a long journey with many small steps, take them in a considered way
think health first and weight loss Will follow
Good luck

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Posted: 07 Jul 2013, 21:16
It could work for you, but it sounds too mathematical for me! Everyone has their own system. I aim for 1400 calories a day and make it a point to bike everywhere I go (I live in the city so this is essentially everywhere). It makes me not obsess over it as much, keeping my past ED at bay. I worry monitoring things this closely will trigger eating disorders. Don't forget to live!

Otherwise it sounds like you're on the right track. That is a lot of weight to lose in 29 days! I couldn't imagine, so congrats!

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Posted: 08 Jul 2013, 01:32
'exercise', as used within fatsecret, is counted more like fuel consumed by your body, to include metabolism which can occur when you rest or sleep; therefore, the 5000 'caloric burn', as i mean it includes 2-3 hours of exercise daily, adds all activity and so i use a benchmark of 5000.

there is no math to my healthy living diet, it's simple arithmetic but does require close monitoring to these intakes that occur in food: fat, carbs, protein, sodium, sugar, cholesterol and fiber. the 'diet calendar' handles the 'math'...

i've lost weight before, ages ago, but i do recall the parabolic effect in that one loses quickly in the beginning and then it slows as one becomes lighter and thinner which makes sense; however, i've incorporated that PE into my healthy living diet so that i'll lose 5lbs per week for the first 4 to 6 months and 2.5lbs per week the remaining 4 to 6, as i did before.

12 months is quite reasonable to attain the 100lb weight loss. that's only 8.34lbs/month (2.08lbs/week) and a solid goal, but if not then i'll keep going (which i intend to do this time out --stay on the healthy living diet regime).

thanx for the input and the encouragement.

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