So you probably want to know how I plan to ACTUALLY lose the weight.
I think losing the weight is the easy part. It is the mental preparation and motivation that holds most people up. Losing weight is as simple as watching what you eat and exercising on a regular basis. Sounds completely simple, right?
Then why do so many, including myself, fail?
I will not speak for others, but I know that the reason that I have failed in the past is that I was not motivated enough. I did not take seriously the fact that I was growing larger and larger on a daily basis. I did not WANT to exercise. I ate whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted. I thought I was invincible. Invincible until someone made a comment about my weight. Then I got down on myself, which often led to (still leads to) emotional binging.
I have been working for the past two weeks on both my mental plan and my physical plan. Here is what it boils down to:
1. No more than 1900 calories per day
2. Spreading my caloric intake over the day and not blowing them all on one or two meals
3. Eating healthy foods and limiting sugar and refined carbs (white bread, white rice, white flour products, etc)
4. Cardiovascular exercise 4 times a week for a minimum of 30 mins
I have found calculators that tell you how many calories you should be consuming on a daily basis based on your age, height, weight, lifestyle, etc. This is called your basal metabolic rate. They say that I should eat 3000 calories per day to maintain my weight. Well I don’t want to maintain this weight, I want to lose it. So I am going to be on a 1900 calorie per day limit for the next year. I have been doing that for the past week and have found that as long as I pay attention, it manageable to stay at or below that limit.
I am using a food diary on a website called MyFitnessPal.com to help me track my calories. This is where the mental game kicks in. I HAVE GOT TO BE HONEST AND CONSISTENT in logging my calories and I have to work to make sure that I do not consume them all in one or two meals. I also have been and will be avoiding sugar and refined carbs.
Lastly, and this is a big one when it comes to losing weight, I will need to be consistent in my exercise. I will be hitting the treadmill for a minimum of 30 minutes, 4-5 times per week. According to my ability so far, and the unreliable “calories burned” ticker on the treadmill, I will be burning between 300-350 calories whenever I run.
These are going to be my initial methods to losing weight. My first goal will be to break the 300 pound mark. Once I do that I will start adjusting my methods (ie. adding strength training, weights, etc.) I will post more specifically about each of these periodically so please stay tuned.
What do you think? Is this a plan that will work?
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