I need some encouragement!
Thursday, August 06, 2020
I went for my walk this morning, and weighed myself when I came home, and I gained a pound. I am NOT pleased. I am hoping it is because I have been walking nearly every day for the last 2 weeks. I mean, I HAVE to have gained SOME muscle, right?
I can't ignore though, that at this stage I should be losing weight. And I am not. I am still eating only 1200 calories, and that may be the problem. It seems counterintuitive to eat MORE calories to lose weight, but I might be in starvation mode. Again, the doctor who told me to restrict my calories to 1200 might not know this. It's so hard to add those extra calories in, though. First, I am pretty full at 1200 and don't like a lot of high calorie foods. second, I am having trouble getting past the psychological block that is telling me that more calories means weight gain.
I think I need to find one of those places that measures basal metabolic rate. If I know how many calories i am supposed to burn to maintain at the weight I am, I can get some advice about calorie intake. In the meantime, I am still walking every day. I am going to try adding 100 calories to my diet and see If I can lose weight. If not, I will add a second hundred, to put me at 1400 calories, and we will see. Of course, if I can get into a clinic to get my basal metabolic rate measured, I might not need to do that. I have checked a number of BMR calculators and get a range of between 1613 and 1667 calories as my BMR. maintenance amount is 2401 calories. That seems like a lot.
At any rate, I'd like to hear from those of you that have had this problem. What did you do to get past this hump so you could lose weight again? and did any of you have the problem with eating too few calories? Let me know.