i'm not really an expert, but I'd focus more on big breakfasts and lunches with teeny tiny eensy weensy dinners than total calorie count altogether.
everything depends on exercise and your ability to burn the fuel you consume. even light food before bedtime sticks to you in a way a calorie-heavy breakfast won't...
I've read that quite a bit, myself, and I'm trying to eat my dinners earlish (7 or so).
But every time I eat breakfast, I'm just hungrier at lunch. It's like it wakes up the stomach or something.
wow. i wish i could have that much discipline.
ps: i'm bookmarking that link.
Me too. I'm right up there with you, and I really need to start my own project, here. Go, Roy, Go!
(You've seen the hacker's diet
, yes? The trend thing is key, indeed.)
Yeah, most of my weight loss in the past and my philosophy of weight loss is based off the Hacker's Diet. I should re-read it again for motivation.
New studies show that people who weigh themselves everyday are more likely to lose weight and keep it off because they can spot trends faster. This is the opposite of what people used to say about only weighing yourself every 3 days or so.
1000 calories a day isn't so good, especially if you're working out. try looking up something like the abs diet, which focuses on building muscle and eating 6 times a day. for every extra pound of muscle you get, your body burns 50 extra calories a day. with the type of diet you're going to do, you're going to be losing lots of muscle mass and could just end up feeling weak and unhealthy. so be careful.
yeah, definitely listen to him on the gaining muscle mass. I did cardio and ate less for months and lost some weight but wasn't very satisfied. After lifting weights I felt and looked a lot better. Otherwise you just get weaker and it gets harder and harder to stay on track
Alright, I'm going to be a bit critical here, and probably sound a bit parochial.
If you're cutting down to 1000 calories a day, you're actually entering starvation. You're loosing some fat, but in starvation mode, your body starts breaking down muscle tissue as well, and you experience bone loss. I'd also point out that you lost weight like this before, and then gained it back.
One of they keys to eating well is permanent behavior modification. This whole "on a diet/off a diet" idea is bad thinking. It'll be easier in the long run if you focus on a normal food intake that you can maintain after you reach your ideal weight. It won't come off as fast, but you also won't be damaging body parts that you need either. It took me 3 months to loose 15 pounds when I started eating better, but it's a food intake I've been able to maintain. I also don't go hungry, and I'm able to indulge every now and again without ill effects.
In addition to calories, the other thing you need to be seriously concerned with is the nutritional quality of what you're eating. Looking at your log so far, you've eaten a bit of crap.
You've said that your Project 30 is to get yourself in the best shape you've been in. You really need to make that a permanent life change. The only way to do that is to form habits that you can maintain. You should be eating well and exercising the rest of your life, not just doing it when you put on a few extra pounds.
aye, it's wise words all, and I appreciate it.
Like I said, the 1000 calorie a day thing isn't for long. But I need the initial kick of dramatic weight loss to get me motivated.
In my defense, I did gain the weight back, but it wasn't because my diet had been too strict to maintain. Once I lost the weight, I eased up and got my caloric intact back to a reasonable level. I gained the weight back when I started doing improv... staying out late, eating out a lot more, rewarding myself after a show, drinking more, etc, exercising less. Before that I was doing just fine keeping the weight down (for a couple of years).
Eating well is trickier, I'll admit. I have a cookbook I rather like, but I need to find a time to cook.
Anyhow, I do appreciate your advice, and I'll get there.
Jesus man. You can't just do something healthy moderation, can you? Fucking hell.
*shrug*. I need to go a little bit in the other direction to balance out the excess of the past year and a half.
you KNOW how I feel about this. these are still my feelings.
i also know how YOU feel about this and know that it will not change your mind. so, good luck!