Thursday, July 23, 2009
Let's do the Math!
The average American woman weighs 160lbs (159) and is 5'4.
She needs a balanced diet of 2,000 (1,965) calories to maintain her weight.
Now, cutting those calories in half would leave us with 1,000 calories to play with. This is plenty.
Mathematically, a woman of these stats would lose at LEAST half a pound a day. 3.5lbs in a week.
Having a poor diet.
I would label myself as someone who has a poor diet. I don't have balanced meals. Most meals I make are quick, lazy and microwavable. It is very important to eat a multitude of things. The food listed in previous blogs was last summer, not now. Now that you have these 1,000 calories to go with, make up some meals of your own. But make sure they are balanced and also make sure they are things you will MOST LIKELY COOK!
I discourage trying too new and different things unless you can actually do it for an extended period of time and you can a$$ord it.
No more cutting out bread and dairy, or eating only protein. Calculate things you already eat on a daily, and make your limits. You'll be more likely to stick to it if there are really no changes to what you're used to.
3.5lbs a week means nearly 15lbs a month- ONLY by means of dieting. Add exercise to the mix and you're set! There's no way any of you couldn't lose.
Whether or not you think this is too quickly or too slowly is up to you. If you want to lose a lb a week go ahead. My main issue with that is, when I don't see fast enough results, I just tend to lose interest and stop what I'm doing.
And think to yourself: How long have you been overweight? A lb a week would mean 52lbs a year. 52lbs would get many of us out of the "overweight" category- but we are still overweight? WHY?
Please remember, this time last year I JUST stepped out the "OBESE" category with a BMI of 30.1
No more baby steps- do something NOW.