Increase your calories… No, decrease your calories! Which one is it???
I was hoping to lose a few extra pounds before vacation (because we all know what happens when we go on vacation). I would rather work it off before, then have to see the scale when I got home and then work it off! So a couple weeks ago I started writing everything I ate down. My goal was to keep my caloric intake around 1350 (this is my BMR), which I was able to do. (BMR is what your body burns if you were just lying around in bed all day. Sounds tempting right?!?) With exercise I burn between 500-1000 calories a day at least 6 days a week. So whatever happened to the rule of calories in VS calories out? It used to be easy. Well, I’m finding out that it’s just not easy anymore.
At first I thought maybe I would go lower than the 1350… but I’ve also read (from Jillian Michaels’) to not ever go below 1200 calories a day because it slows your metabolism down. Then I took a look at the P90X nutrition. Even though I have done P90X 3 times I have never done the nutritional part of it. Well according to them I should be eating 1800 to 2100 calories a day!
I found so many websites that said so many things. I totally get that you need to create a deficit in your caloric allowance to lose weight. I also know that 3500 calories equals 1 lb loss. Trust me… I’m creating that deficit, but my body isn’t having it. Then I read that if you do too much with too little calories that your body holds onto the fat and uses the first thing it can get its hands on… MUSCLE! I really feel like this is what my body is doing.
So after some consideration and of course just playing around to see what works best for my body I will be increasing my calories (slowly). This is mainly be made up of fruits, veggies, lean proteins, and healthy carbs. Not me shoving my face full of junk food!
I did come across a great BMR calculator that also allows you to put in your activity level, which should give you a better feel for what your supposed to be eating. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still at a loss as to what the truth is… decreasing or increasing calories – but I figured I couldn’t go much lower in calories. This BMR calculator actually told me to eat with the 1300 range to lose weight with all the activity I do – which makes me all that more confused because I’m NOT losing weight!
So besides increasing my calories, I’m also changing things up with my workouts. I’ve been mixing P90X with some Tracy Anderson arm ideas. I do find it odd that she doesn’t recommend women lifting over 3 lb dumbbells because it “creates bulk”. But I LOVE some of her moves and their fun. This is where I also came up with an idea. Tracy doesn’t recommend running. Especially if your trouble zone is your behind! Well… I’m a runner, and I’m not giving it up, but I do understand what she’s saying. Because trust me… My behind is not getting any smaller! So she recommends skipping, jumping, and other things on the treadmill. She calls it treadmill dancing. This is where I got creative… I love to dance, so I came up with the idea to make up a routine to some good workout songs. This is what I’ve come up with:
Treadmill Dance # 1 to Rihanna's Hard
Treadmill Dance # 2 to Justin Bieber's Baby
I plan on coming up with 1 new one a week and posting it. I love doing it and it’s a great workout!
Feel free to comment and let me know what you think about all “calorie” mania!
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