Meal plan calories??
Posted Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 12:17 PM
I've been more or less following the Kickstart meal plans, but I'm confused now.
I'm 43, 5'11" and weigh 208. I exercise regularly (biking, golfing, weight lifting, zumba, and I've recently taken up yoga) and am in very good health.
So technically, I should eat about 2,000 calories a day, right? Can't do it. First of all, I know my body and I will absolutely gain weight if I eat that many calories. I tried increasing my count to 1,800 and gained 5 pounds in a week.
Second, I feel lousy if I eat that much. I try to stay between 1,200 and 1,500 calories a day and obviously still have ample energy at that level to exercise like I do. But I'm still not losing weight. Before you wonder, I have strictly limited even healthy oils like avocado, nuts, and olive oil; and I read labels and measure what I do eat, almost obsessively.
Here's what I ate yesterday:
1 c. GoLean cereal
1 c. Soy Slender milk
Flintstones complete vitamin (yeah, I know there's gelatin in there, but it also has 6 mg of B-12)
Garden Stuffed Pita from NutritionMD.org
1 c. Curried Potatoes & Chickpeas
1 Applesauce muffin
1 c. mixed Texmati rice
1.5 c. steamed green beans and baby corn
2 Tbsp hummus (store-bought)
1 whole wheat tortilla
Granted, I know I can make my own hummus, but if this is the one "convenience" food I'm eating and the only source of fat, it's really not that bad.
This came to 1,245 calories. I can't see that I'm lacking anything, right? So why aren't I losing weight?
Also, though, I noticed that the suggested meal plan for today comes to only 1,057 calories. Huh? If I didn't check calorie counts so closely and just followed the meal plan, I'd be WAY under my recommended calories. And, frankly, I don't know too many people who weigh just 100 pounds, so why is PCRM recommended a diet of just over a thousand calories a day?
I'm terribly confused. Anyone have any insights?