You know, I tend to think of myself as a pretty bright guy. I like to utilize logic in many situations.
But here is one that I am having trouble with.
(If you haven’t been watching my weigh in videos then you might not be up to speed…so go back and check em out if you haven’t yet…)
I have reached this point where I am not really losing any significant amount of weight on a weekly basis, but I have not really changed anything from the weeks that I have been losing enough to be proud. I have at least 25-30 more pounds that I want to shed. Logic tells me to eat less and workout more. So that is what I do. But alas, it doesn’t seem to be working anymore.
So here is what I am figuring out. I weigh 85 pounds less than I was 40 weeks ago. My body is very happy that I have lost so much weight, but now it is trying to tell me something. I THINK that it is trying to tell me that I need to eat more, and quite possibly workout less.
WHAT WHAT WHAT??!!
Yes. I know. That makes no sense what-so-ever. It is completely counterintuitive.
But let’s think about this for a second. I am supposed to be eating 1800 calories per day. That is a restriction that I have self imposed with NO advice from any professional nutritionist or anything. There are more days than not that I am not even eating that many calories. Is that sentence a double negative? I usually workout 5 or 6 days per week and I usually burn between 700-900 calories according to my Polar FT60 heart rate monitor. In the beginning of my weight loss this was working. But 85 pounds later there is something amiss. Seriously Einstein? You are only effectively eating 1000 or less calories per day! Oy vey… I need to eat more! (More good calories. More veggies and lean meats. More of the good stuff.) And I possibly need to workout less. (Not less per week, but for a shorter period of time per day. Maybe like cutting back to 45 minutes instead of 50-60.) Crazy talk!
In my last weigh in post, I made mention of a guy called Alfonso, the Angry Trainer and the post he had written about the subject. When I gave him a heads up that he was mentioned in my video he wrote back and told me that I was starving myself. We have a dialogue opened now and I think he is going to monitor me over the next several weeks to make sure I am eating enough!
So that you have it folks. How weird is it that I am in a position where I actually need to EAT MORE?
I am going to up my calories to 2000 over the next couple of weeks and I am going to make sure that I am resting thoroughly between workouts. We shall see what will happen. We shall see.
(***Let me once again reiterate that THIS IS NOT an excuse to eat more junk or be lazy. I want to make sure that those who are out there who are battling obesity understand that the formula that says eat less and exercise more is still the right one. I have just put myself into a position where I am eating SO much less than I should be. Please, for the love of all that is good, keep up the hard work those of you who are losing and doing it the right way!)