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A Different Approach

Sunday, June 27, 2010

I've made a decision to stop tracking my calories for the time being.

The first reason is that I know that I eat a healthy diet consistently. I've been at the same weight for over two years now. Not every Vegan eats healthy, but my boyfriend and I always fill our shopping cart with nothing but heaps of veggies, whole grains and proteins. The closest that I come to junk food is my nightly chunk of dark chocolate. We don't eat out, save for special occasions.

The second reason is that my BMR is 1740 calories. Figuring in my activity level, that number jumps to 2600 calories. I've been eating between 1400-1500 calories a day and it didn't seem to be helping me. This past week, I ignored the tracker and tried to eat based on how my body was feeling. As a result, I dropped two pounds. I believe that my daily deficit was far too great and my workouts weren't being properly fueled. I found that in trying to stick to the tracker, I was starving myself for much of the day.

The tracker worked amazingly for me when I lost my first 80 pounds, but my fitness level has increased and I really needed a different approach. For now, I'm only going to track my fitness minutes and strength exercises. Lets see how it goes!
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  • PHD140
    interesting-- good luck!
    4038 days ago
    The thing is to do what works best for you. Best of luck!
    4054 days ago
    Great approach Lauren - also one that took me a long time to figure out. I still track my food, but I routinely blow my counter's limits depending on how I feel + the amount of exercise I'm doing over and above my goals. It has been working really well, actually and I finally got off my 6-week plateau last week.

    It's amazing what we can hear from our bodies if we just tune out the rest of the extraneous crap and just listen. :)

    Also - thanks for your nice & positive comments on my other blog entry. I really appreciate your perspective on the situation. :)

    Hope you're having a great day!!!
    4054 days ago
  • 8E8KEYS
    It is great that you are listening to your body. What you are saying about calories reminds me of some things I have learned from a podcast from this website;
    They recommend a similar formula for calculating your daily calorie intake, and have discussed on several podcasts this very question of how many calories to consume to reach a goal weight. They have often counseled people to eat more calories (and they are talking high nutrition calories) and not less. I thought you might be interested.
    Congratulations on the success you have already achieved!
    4055 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    You've done an amazing job, so give your new plan a try. You can always go back to tracking.

    Dark Chocolate is a health food and is necessary for every girl's exsistence!
    4055 days ago
    Listening to your body is more important that watching numbers. I'll be interested to see how things go!
    4055 days ago
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