Last year when I was still trying to lose weight by eating less and sitting on my butt, I found this awesome site: Calorie Count at About.com. They have a tremendous food database where you can find out the nutritional value of just about any food. They also have a great section where you can figure out how many calories you burn doing just about anything - including chores. I just hadn't put the two things together to work toward my success.
Anyway, if you're putting together a plan to get healthier and losing weight is a part of that, you really need to know where you are when you start and where you need to be to reach your goal. My goal? To reach 140 pounds. According to the personalized goal thingie, if I eat around 1500 calories a day and continue with light exercise, I should be 140 by mid-September. :shrug: Works for me.
Less calories in, more calories out. According to everything I've read - from health professionals - that's the best way to lose weight and keep it off. And as anyone who's tried dieting knows, keeping it off is the hardest part.
Sorry to tell you (and almost as sorry to hear it myself), there's no quick way to health. Sure, you could eat next to nothing, exercise like a freak, and drop the pounds - but they'll come slithering back. And if you're really unlucky, you'll shoot right past your original weight toward a new high in poundage. None of us wants that. Eat less than you burn - but keep it safe. For us gals, that means eating more than 1200 calories a day. Personally, I've been trying to keep my intake between 1300-1400 a day and no more than 1500 on a oops day.
Eight pounds lighter as of this morning. That's since the beginning of the year, but slow and steady does win the race.
Next up on the GH schedule, Exercise. (Really. I mean it this time.)
Disclaimer: I am not a health professional. I don't do this for a living. I don't have any medical training or experience - except what life has made me experience and what I've learned from being around the dieting world for... god, 27 years now. (When my older sister first started dieting.) I'm just talking and passing along what seems to be working for me - at this point in my life. Please check with a health professional before starting any rigorous diet program. Knowledge is power. Get powerful and then get healthy.
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