Week One: Control Week
So my week of reckoning has ended. How did it stack up? (Warning, this may get a little technical)
On my least active day I burned about 2,200 calories and on my most active I burned 3,200. I burned on average about 2,550 calories and ate about 3,319 calories a day. So there’s my problem, I’m eating over my means. 700 calories a day adds up to about 4,900 calories a week! At about 3,500 calories a pound, that’s more than one pound gained.
The 3,500 calories a pound is apparently outdated science developed almost 50 years ago but I’m going to start with this concept for the sake of sanity. There are many theories out there that contradict each other. If it seems like I’m not losing as predicted, I’ll adjust accordingly. Everyone’s bodies and metabolisms are different and I feel this might be the best approach.
Is this day for real? No wonder why I weigh as much as I do:
What did the scale say?
So what do I do if I want to burn about a pound a week?
I’m going to give myself a deficit of 500 calories a day, which will give me about 2,050 a day to eat. If the calculations are correct, I should lose about a pound a week. I will eat everything I eat currently but just less of it. I’m thinking if I throw some exercise in there, it should give me a little more wiggle room. The goal is for my weight to go on a downward slope, nothing crazy or shocking, something I can stick to. Remember this is not a diet, this is a lifestyle change. Stay tuned for next week, hopefully I will be one or two pounds lighter.