“Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” may be one of the most annoying things I have ever heard. I understand what they are getting at. You have to be more careful about what you are putting into your body and when you are restricting your calories or types of food you are eating, it’s a nice reminder of why you are doing this. However, chocolate mousse (I don’t do cake) tastes AMAZING. The texture, the flavor, the way it makes my brain chemistry shoot off dopamine fireworks? It feels WAY better than being exhausted at 8am from a good workout. It tastes WAY better than the 4th stick of celery I’ve had today. Part of me would rather eat chocolate mousse 5x a day for the rest of my life even if it meant I’d never fit into the new size 16 jeans I just bought. Even though I haven’t been a size 16 since I WAS 16, and this is a fantastic NSV (non-scale victory) that I have worked hard to achieve, I still fight myself daily about food and calories and serving sizes and have I eaten enough vegetables or too many carbs? This is why we have cheat days, people. You cannot deny yourself the delicious foods constantly and still expect to be happy. Being fit and healthy is a lifetime marathon, not a sprint. Give yourself those rewards, even if they come in the shape of food now and then.
“All you need is willpower” Yeah… no. Organizational skills are more important than willpower when you’re trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, as someone diagnosed with ADHD, those are kind of a hit or miss for me as well. As I say regularly, consistency is key. We only have so much willpower in a single day. If that’s all you are relying on, you are setting yourself up to fail before you even start. Successful weight loss is less about willpower and more about preparing yourself with healthy habits. If you wake up in a bad mood or you don’t feel great or something in your life goes wrong, your willpower goes right out the window. But if you have built a routine – you have planned out your healthy day, you have shopped for and prepped your healthy meals, and scheduled your time at the gym, you are much more likely to stick to your plan.
“Just eat 1200 calories a day and the weight will fall off” To a point, this is true. Scientifically speaking, the only way to lose weight is caloric deficit. That is, you either ingest fewer calories by eating less food or you burn more calories by exercising more. However, everyone’s body is different and you will need to calculate your individual BMR (basal metabolic rate) to see how much fuel your body needs to maintain, lose, or gain the weight you want. If you eat 1200 calories a day but your body requires 1750 to function, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by starving your body. While it’s true that the heavier a person is, the more calories they need to maintain their weight, it is also true that they need more calories to be healthy as well. As you progress through your weight loss journey, make sure to recalculate your BMR regularly.
You can use this calorie calculator to estimate the number of calories you need to consume on average to maintain, lose, or gain weight. This takes into consideration your age, height, weight, and level of activity.
The image on the left shows my daily needs for 15lbs heavier than I am now. The one on the right is current. It hasn’t changed much, but it has changed. I will also need to recalculate if I decide to exercise more frequently or more vigorously. Or, if I become injured or ill and can’t workout, I will need to recalculate.
“If you work out every day you can eat whatever you want” I can’t even tell you the number of people I have heard say this and it’s an outright lie. Again, yes… if you exercise more you burn more. So you would have to eat more to keep up with your metabolism. HOWEVER – healthy weight loss is 75% diet and 25% exercise. It is far more important to be mindful of what you put into your body when trying to lose weight. Food is fuel and you get results by using good fuel. Eating a 500 calorie cheeseburger and a 200 calorie soda is obviously not going to make your body as healthy as getting those same calories from a handful of almonds, a piece of fruit, and a cut of lean meat.
“Cardio is key” While cardio is important, it is not the be all end all of weight loss. Strength training to build muscle is necessary. Weight exercises build strong connective tissue and tendons which help you better perform daily activities, build lean muscle, and enhance bone density. It also has the added bonus of burning a few extra calories. 10lbs of muscle burns about 50 calories per day “at rest” while 10lbs of fat burns about 20 calories at rest.
I FINALLY got back to the gym today! Here’s hoping I will stick to it this time around. I figured if I get back on the blog and log my workouts at least, I might be more likely to continue on the right path. So here’s today’s log. I REALLY did not want to get…
I’ve been away from the gym for a week due to being overwhelmed and exhausted by appointments, chores, and errands and Void was off school Mon-Thurs for various reasons. So I’m using my last workout as a starting point and going from there. Leg Press 3 sets of 10 @125lbs, 110lbs, 95lbs, 1 set of…
Still not feeling great today and I didn’t sleep very well last night, so I’m taking it just a bit easier than usual rather than not showing up at all. Leg Press 3 sets of 10 @125lbs, 110lbs, 95lbsLeg Extension 1 set of 10 @45lbs, 2 sets of 10 @30lbsLat Pulldown 4 sets of 5…