As I mentioned last Sunday Runday, I need to eat less calories to lose weight.
Since I’m shit at eating healthy, I need to track my calories in order to do this. I had tried to start last week and got super fed up. It’s tedious and time consuming. You have to scan everything! Or import recipes and match ingredients. I swear, it’s a full time job.
With that exasperation, I made it my goal this week to log 4 days worth of calories. I use My Fitness Pal and it is a good app. You can import recipes directly from the website, you can save meals (really useful when I made 4 salami and cheese sandwiches for lunch this week), and it remembers recent or most used items. I’m on day 3 of logging things and I thought I’d share with you some challenges/tips.
When you first create an account, you fill out a survey about your goals. Do you want to lose weight? How fast? What’s your lifestyle? My goal is to lose 1 lb/week and my lifestyle, according to the app, is sedentary because I sit at a desk all day. This gave me a goal calorie intake of 1200 calories per day.
If I burn calories through exercise, I get to eat more. Burn 100 calories, get to eat 1300 that day. I learned using this in the past that, while that makes sense, I shouldn’t calculate things that way because I only work out ~4 days per week. That makes my diet yo-yo from 1200 calories one day to 2000 calories the next. That makes it really difficult to stick to.
This time, instead of logging my exercise, I’m going to guesstimate that I burn 800-1000 calories each week. That comes from 200 – 300 calories for each run and I’m trying to run twice a week and 200 calories for each work, also twice a week. Now, instead of applying those calories on the day that I complete the workout, I’m spreading them out over the week and I increased my daily calorie goal to that of someone who is moderately active = 1350 calories per day. That sounds much more doable than 1200. Not that I’ve done it, yet, but I’m hopeful.