I've been reading the old thread for a while and was waiting for the new one to join in!
I spent a while in college tracking my calorie consumption in a spreadsheet with great success (100+ lbs lost), and I realized it might be helpful for me to start doing it again, now that I've been Primal for most of the last 2 years without much recent weight loss. Eating lower-calorie, low-carb, and high-protein made me feel pretty terrible, though, which is when I happened to see the original EMF thread. I lowered my protein a bit, added some fat, and felt better on the same calories! So I think I'm going to try making this a thing.
I might track my macros once or twice, but since I can't bring myself to stick with online tracking sites (Excel all the way for me), I'm going to keep it simple: keep tracking my calories (most of the time), eat little starch or fruit (used to this already), lower my protein portions to approximately the right range, and eyeball that most of my calories are coming from fat.
I'm also exercising way more than I was when I was working on apps all last fall and early-winter. Yay!
I'm not a very active poster, but I'll post an update on how this goes...
Welcome Kotato! Periodic updates will be great.
[B]January EMF Results -11 lbs[/B]
[B]February EMF Goals -lose 8-10 lbs [/B]
* hit macros (reduce protein)
* exercise for stress relief
* full month of February compliance with WOE
Thanks pebbles - what I thought I would do is complete a weeks worth of food diary on fitnesspal and then link it and ask some advice.
That way I will know I am heading in the right direction.
But to give an example today I had:
British Mild Cheese, 40g
Olive Oil - Extra Virgin 4 tablespoons
Chicken Leg Quarter W/ Skin,
Cabbage - Savoy, raw, 200g
Salted English Butter, 60g
That equated to roughly:
Carbs / Day 21 g
Fat / Day 142 g
Protein / Day 85 g
Looks pretty good, Shrinkinglo, depending on your calorie needs.
Shrinkinglo- have you tried Tomi's version of fried eggs? One whole egg, plus 2 yolks. Toss the extra whites. I call it the Triclops, and it is becoming one of my favorite new breakfasts. Brings the fat up near 80% without too much extra protein(since I like to have sausage with my eggs). Some people have difficulty keeping the protein at moderate portions, and this is a good way to not overload at breakfast.
Hi all. My January recap:
Total weight loss: 11 lbs
Measurements: nothing significant to report. Last time I measured was in November, so the results would not be authentic to EMF anyway.
Non-scale victories: more control over sugar cravings, looser fitting clothes (despite what the tape measure says), and a new found love for cream cheese clouds!! :) Oh, my ring is spinning again and my watch is loose.
I plan to continue. Currently, I'm 5 days into the perfect keto diet after last week's dinner out for DH's job (absolutely no control over the food served, but was told certain foods would be served, made the best decision I could, then learned the menu changed and absolutely nothing would fit the plan). I believe I am starting to enter back into keto, but I'm not deep yet.
What I learned: 1 day of poor eats will yank me out of keto, make me feel horrible, give me terrible acne for days, put on 4-5 lbs that take all week to get rid of again, and makes it so terribly hard to get back into keto/stay there b/c of horrendous sugar cravings.
Stay the course with no cheat days (cream cheese clouds are cheat enough for me, honestly)
Hit the gym regularly
Work on flexibility (my IT Band is tight and making my hip/knee hurt)
Carbs: 38 or fewer grams
Protein: 75 gm
Fat: 117 gm
Calories: 1500 (except on exercise days when I can go higher per MFP)
[QUOTE=Sabine;1080600]Shrinkinglo- have you tried Tomi's version of fried eggs? One whole egg, plus 2 yolks. Toss the extra whites. I call it the Triclops, and it is becoming one of my favorite new breakfasts. Brings the fat up near 80% without too much extra protein(since I like to have sausage with my eggs). Some people have difficulty keeping the protein at moderate portions, and this is a good way to not overload at breakfast.[/QUOTE]
Thanks sabine - I do like a sausage as well so will try this.
** The BMR Calculator on the first post says my BMR is 1612. MFP says my BMR is 1524. Not sure which one to believe. Why is it so low???
Jenn, 1612 would be your non movement burn. There is a link on the same page for doing the Harris Benedict calculations. Not sure how MFP does it.
Harris Benedict Equation
sedentary BMR x 1.2
light activity BMR x 1.375
moderate x 1.55
very active x 1.275
extra active x 1.9
The BMR calculator in the first post has been accurate for me based on my GoWearFit info.