sararay's Journal, 02 May 2012

I finally undid the "damage" of the traveling this weekend. I think it was mostly bloat. I love exercise! It really works. It has been years since I did a calorie counting diet. I have been counting carbs for about 8 years now. I had a strangely obvious epiphany this morning after I stepped on the scale: I must find a way to lose weight that I can maintain. Duh! right? Well for the last 8 years I have been trying to convince myself that I could maintain a very low carb diet indefinitely. I think I have proved myself wrong. Granted, my diet is a lot lower carb than it used to be before doing Atkins, going gluten free and learning about probiotics and everything. As I stepped on the scale I realized I AM DOING THIS! and it feels great because I know I can keep this up. I am eating a well-rounded, relatively low-carb diet (under 100 NC/day) and losing weight. Real weight! Not water weight. Not tricking my body into losing weight, but earning it! I had lost my faith in calorie counting before because it didn't seem to work, but I now realize I was probably eating too few calories and slowing down my metabolism and eating the wrong foods. By rotating lower-calorie days and low-but-higher calorie days, I am successfully losing weight without lowering my metabolism. Exercise is a necessary but greatly misunderstood element in the equation. You can spout all kinds of theory about calories in vs. calories out and you can debate that it is really just "what you eat" not how much that affects your weight, but reality is probably a very complicated combination of the two, plus a lot of information we probably don't even have yet. Hormones are a big part that is only beginning to be explored.

What works for me:

Exercise (maintaining target heart rate for 1 hour, 6 days/wk)
Whole grains (gluten-free because I am sensitive to it)
very limited small amounts of fruit
Rotating calories between 1400-1800. For a 7 day zig-zag and RDI calculator go to: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm
not being afraid of fat and protein foods within the calorie guidelines
a great variety of foods in the right amounts

Diet Calendar Entries for 02 May 2012:
1646 kcal Fat: 106.15g | Prot: 66.47g | Carb: 110.83g.   Breakfast: Instant Oatmeal - Cinnamon & Spice, Sweeteners (Splenda Packets, Sucralose), apple, Coffee, Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, cream, Ranch Dressing. Lunch: brown rice tortilla, baby carrots, Ranch Dressing, jack cheese. Dinner: lettuce, chicken, cheese, bacon. Snacks/Other: cream, Coffee, whole grain saltines, hazelnuts, peeps, All-Natural Fruit Strip - Harvest Grape, No Calorie Sweetener, Cheddar Cheese, Pre-sliced Oven Roasted Turkey Breast. more...
3319 kcal Activities & Exercise: Exercise machine (slow) - 10 minutes, Exercise machine (moderate) - 1 hour and 10 minutes, Desk Work - 2 hours, Resting - 11 hours and 40 minutes, Sleeping - 7 hours, Housework - 2 hours. more...
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Thank you for posting that site!  
02 May 12 by member: karabeth
No problem! I hope it helps you out. :) 
02 May 12 by member: sararay

     
 

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