Daily Calorie Intake
I have been excercising consistently for about two years and started a food diary about seven months ago. During the first six months, I would eat whatever I wanted, as long as it did not pass 1200 calories. However, I always ended up binging every 7 days. Those days I would eat like I would never see food again - anything in site went down my throat. I estimate that I would eat around 8000-10,000 calories. The next day I would be deeply upset with myself and determined not to do it again for a long time! My stomach would hurt afterwards, but nothing would stop me from hitting the fridge 7 days later.
I finally came to the conclusion that I needed to make a change. Obviously, I was feeling deprived and was tired of always going to bed hungry. As well, I wasn't eating enough nutritous foods, and had a great imbalance of calorie intake throughout the day. A normal day would be a pizza mini in the morning, and then 1000 calories when I got home. I was starving at around 5:00 pm, and would eat the 1000 calories quickly. Since the foods I ate were mostly unhealthy and had high glycemic indexes, I would always be hungry about 3 hours later. I was also exercising like crazy, before supper, so I could barely get through the exercises. I lost 32 lbs, but not in a safe or healthy way.
So I made a new plan. More calories throughout the day and more healthy foods. I eat
1400 calories 5 days a week
1600 calories 1 day a week
1800 calories 1 day a week/ or 2200 calories every two weeks in place of the 1800 calories
I decided to add in the 1600 and 1800/2200 calories a day because it feels similar to a cheat day - eating a bit more gets rid of the feelings of being deprived (even though I rarely feel this now). I have done this for about 20 days now and I feel fantastic! I admit that it is hard sometimes, especially on visits to my aunty (she tries to feed you ALL the time) but I remember that I have decided to change and don't want to spin back into the vicious cycle of eating like crazy. I also minimize hanging out with people that ecourage me to eat bad foods to keep me on track. I do feel bad sometimes for saying no all the time, only for the person offering, but oh well! There is nothing I can do about that.
The foods that I eat now include whole grains, bran, flax, yogurt, popcorn, tuna, chicken, fruits and veggies,no sugar applesauces, no sugar chocolate as treats, etc. Basically low glycemic index foods. I rarely eat junk food as it becomes easier ot over indulge. I eat 4-6 small meals a day as to keep my metabolism going and keep me satisfied.
Anyways, I suppose you should know my exercise back ground as well. I exercise 4-5 days a week for about two hours each time. I am going to college in the fall to become a personal trainer, so fitness is very important to me. I also walk to and from school everyday. I am female, and have a BMR of 1325 calories per day. I want to lose about 5-10 lbs/ one inch or so from my waist. It is always the last 5-10 that is the hardest to lose! I am very happy with my body and self. I finally feel worthy to change.
Just curious as to what anyone thinks about this. I would love any tips for those last stubborn pounds. Thanks very much.
Last edited by slnr232; 04-15-2005 at 10:04 PM.