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Wednesday, 30 January 2008
Confessions of a Chronic Dieter
I've been on a diet for three years. 36 months of eating roughly 1200 calories a day. Well there was a couple of months when I ate whatever I wanted but it wasn't a successful enterprise.
So it is very difficult for me to increase my calories and eat more.
I ran the numbers properly from New Rules of Lifting for Women and my maintenance calories are 1739 on a non-workout day and 1987 when I train.
Now it is unlikely that I will eat that much so I have gone for a reduction of 300 calories a day so I am at 1439|1687 because I am only exercising 3 days a week instead of 6. (I know my logic is flawed but its the best I can do).
Let me share some highlights from the book regarding nutrition.
Calorie restriction is the worst idea ever
Cutting calories can result in depression, loss of strength and muscle mass, deteriorating bone mass, hormonal disruption including amenorrhea, diminished energy and sex drive.
Losing weight by restricting calories will make you lose muscle mass and slow down your metabolism.
Rule: Traditional weight-loss advice is fatally flawed
Eat less and exercise more is asking you to slow down your metabolism (eat less) while speeding it up (exercise more). Its like running up your credit card while putting all your money in a savings account.
There are three things required to build a strong, healthy body
(lift like a MAN)
So here are my thoughts after a week of this program
~ if I eat enough food my cravings all but disappear
~ if I eat enough food I don't wake up in the morning starving for breakfast or forage around the kitchen at 11.30pm at night
~ I poop more
~ I sleep better
~ I can eat meals with other people
~ I can get in enough protein (1g per pound of weight)
~ I have enough energy to push myself when I work out
~ I drink more water
~ I only get mildly hungry which goes away once I eat
~ I am warmer (not freezing all the time)
It appears that I haven't gained any weight so I am hopeful that it is working.
What you hope you will believe, what you believe you will know, what you know you will create, what you create you will experience, what you experience you will express, what you express you will become.
It's OK to live in hope ...