What I'm up too on the calorie front.
So, I've had a few questions on the calorie front, well, except from my longtime friends. So here's the skinny.
I did the low cal thing for a year, lost the first 50 lbs, stalled out, upped my calories, lost a few more, eked it up again, lost a bit more. Now I weigh less than I did on my wedding day in 1973. So doing good, resting heart rate around 55 bpm. Blood pressure is great, no water retention. So why no weight loss right? I could cite all the usual excuses, low thyroid (yep), heavy family (yep), years of yoyo dieting (yep). But you know what, it's just that i need to keep on keeping on.
Here's my focus now, I am not worrying about the weight at the moment, well I am, that is, I don't want it going up. No my focus is the workouts, I am increasing the weights every two weeks and finally am starting to push past where I was before my surgery last summer. When I was eating at a super deficit (and yes most days I still only net a bit over 1200) after I hit 180 the losses stopped. My doctor suspected a type of metabolic syndrome triggered by the dieting when I was young, probably correct but who cares.
So, muscle has a much better caloric burn than fat so I turned my focus to getting stronger, and after reading tons of research calories are needed to build muscle, and boy are they right. Until I upped my calories I had maxed out on my workout, totally stuck, couldn't get in another minute or another lb. More calories and my workouts have regained momentum.
So the moral of this story is, have you lost a bunch, stalled out, don't get discouraged, look at your fitness level, where are you at, are you satisfied you are as fit as you can be (hmm, can any of us say that) or are you not underwriting your workout with sufficient food to make it happen?