What to do when "Eat less, exercise more" fails you
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Hi everybody! Just a little update, I'm still on plan, have tracked all my food without fail since January 1st, and am working out consistently including training for a Marathon Relay (My leg is 6.2 miles, with a full straight mile uphill!
) and a Tough Mudder Race! I'm very excited! Oh yeah.... and I'm down 20 lbs!!!
So far I'd achieved my weight with essentially an eat less, exercise more strategy. However, I could sense myself hitting a bit of a wall. The tough mudder race I'm training for requires a lot of upper body and core strength, which I am currently heavily disadvantaged at, to put it nicely. It also is 10-12 miles in length, not to mention all the runs I'm doing in preparation for the relay. So I was doing 1-2.5 hours of workouts a day between runs and P90X strengthening. I could sense my energy and motivation going downhill, while my cravings were starting to go through the roof. Not to mention, the scale had slowed to a standstill, despite the fact I had a 1,000 calorie deficit every day and mathematically should have been losing 2 pounds a week. Luckily I came across a few really good articles that helped give me the permission to give myself a break, and I thought I would share. Because I have so much training to do, and I don't want to fall off plan for my events, I selected the "eat more, exercise more" approach. I basically chose to take 4-6 days and increase my dietary intake by around 1,000 calories (a bold move in my opinion, since I'd previously been only around 1,200 total), or to where I will have a zero calorie deficit depending on my workouts for the day. I'm currently on day 3 and feel awesome already, no cravings and my energy is already up. And I've gone down another pound in just a couple days. I'll eventually be decreasing my intake again but will keep monitoring my hunger, energy, and cravings. After my events, I will probably move into an "eat less, exercise less" approach with more regulated intake and shorter duration, higher intensity workouts. Take a look, these articles might be helpful to you too, if not now then possibly one day in the future. Anyway, feel free to tell me what you think or just say hello in general!
Note: I do realize spark people would probably have given me similar advice.... but since I can't figure out how to change my activity level, I'll never know what my recommended calorie range would be. If anyone has any insight into how to change that please let me know