Besides not being able to get up a flight of stairs without passing out, or being able to tie your shoes without getting red-faced and breathless, there are plenty of differences.
First of all, when you read about “Drop 10 Pounds in 10 Days!” That means nothing to a fat person. Fat people can lose 10 pounds in 2 days.
When you read that you should cut your calories by 500 a day from what you are supposed to eat, you can toss that aside too. It’s a method whereby they think you can lose weight slow and easy, which is allegedly the healthiest way to do it and is also the best way to maintain weight.
The only problem with that is, it’s all bullshit. There’s no actual fact-based data supporting that people who lose weight fast or slow ever put it back on. There are just as many people who have lost weight fast and kept it off as people who have done it slow. It’s up to the individual.
Another thing: If you don’t eat enough or often enough, your metabolism will drop. Well, that’s not entirely true either. New studies have found that your metabolism may only drop like 10%. But if you’re cutting your calories by 60%, well. Do the math.
You’ve also read “Eat often enough so you don’t go into Starvation Mode.” Do yourself the honor of googling the Starvation Mode Myth. It doesn’t exist. Well, it does, but only after MONTHS of calorie restrictions in people who are FIT, not FAT! Get this, you’re fat. Your body has lots of energy to eat. You can grab a handful of it right now! Come on! It’s sitting there, resting on your belt! Look at all those wondrous calories! So squishy and mushy!
So, here’s the deal: you can eat however little you want while trying to lose weight. You read that right. If someone tells you, “That’s not healthy.” Slap them and then walk away. They are spewing the same rhetoric the media has been for years. Eating 200 calories a day isn’t healthy for FIT people. You’re fat. You get to cheat.
You can and should look up intermittent fasting too. It’s where you don’t eat for an extended period of time. It’s very healthy for you and can make losing the weight simpler. Let’s check your numbers and do some math.
So for me:
My Basal Metabolic Rate according to this site is: 2340 Make sure you understand, you will get different BMR from every site. It’s all guesswork people, but you don’t need to worry too much about the details now. No one knows exactly how many calories he or she burns. We use formulas to get close. Find the formula that works for you. Get some good estimates. Just do something besides stuffing that next donut into your mouth! And remember, keep track of this! If you go 2 weeks and don’t lose any weight, you TWEAK it by either eating at different time, or less, or anything. But you won’t know how to tweak it if you don’t follow Lessons 5 and 6 and 8!
Add in the amount of physical activities I do per week, my TDEE (Total daily energy expenditure) using the Harris Benedict formula is: BMR x 1.725 But I think that’s too high for me even though I do workout out hard for 6-7 days a week. See, I always ALWAYS round DOWN, never up (except when tracking my calorie intake). Up gets you stuck and not losing any weight. I am going to use the BMR x 1.55 for moderately active. Which gives me 3627 calories a day I can consume to keep my weight the same.
Seems a little high to me, but whatever. Remember I told you to count everything you eat? Here’s where that comes into play. I put my daily caloric intake at 2000 calories a day. That’s a deficit of 1600 calories a day. (It’s all estimates, don’t forget! I could only be in a 1100 deficit or could be up to 1800, that’s why I always round down to be sure.) That’s also if I work out. If I don’t workout on a particular day, I really watch my caloric intake. If I go over, I consider that I overate. You set yours to whatever you can manage.
I also only eat one meal a day. And maybe a snack. Let me tell you, it’s one GOOD meal. I don’t eat 5 (or even 3) meals a day. They would be super small meals that wouldn’t fill me up and would just frustrate me and make me want to eat more. (Data is coming in from scientists that this is a real problem too). I would rather eat ONE substantial meal a day, than 3 small ones or 5 really small ones, that never FILL ME UP. I want that FULL feeling. And I get it at dinner–after I work out.
Yep. Just one.
Oh I hear you crying to the screen right now, “But that’s not healthy! You have to eat to keep your metabolism up! You have to eat 5 meals a day!”
Bullshit. Those are lies told to the masses. Do you think our ancient ancestors had access to 5 healthy meals a day? Or do you think they ate when they could? As in whenever they could get a spear and kill something, or find a bush with berries they could eat. Our DNA hasn’t really changed from them. We’re not biologically made to eat that often. (No, I am not a Paleo person either…well not completely, but close)
You see you’re either in the “fed” state or the “fasted” state. When you’re in the fed state your body is digesting the food you ate. When you are in the fasted state your body is burning off that food. And once it burns off the food, if you don’t eat for long enough, guess what your body starts burning? FAT! (With a little muscle, but at this point you’re not worried about .01% muscle loss if you’re working out. You will get it back. Oh, and you’ll be at like 90% FAT LOSS during this time too–your body is using it’s fat stores. They open up when you’re in a fasted state–not in a fed state) So if you’re eating all the damn time, you never entered the fasted state. Once again, research intermittent fasting and you’ll see. Also the “thermic effect of foods” is way overblown. They don’t really rally your metabolism that much.
If you want to lose weight, just stop eating.
Seriously. Hey, lift up your arm and feel around your armpit. You feel that fat under there? Yeah? Why do you think your body stores fat? It stores it for energy when there’s no food to eat. Well today is that day, body. Use the fat. I’m not saying you should fast for 10 days straight, but mix it in every so often.
Oh and Starvation Mode? I’ve already said, that’s another myth. Google the starvation mode myth. It doesn’t exist for fat people. It’s only for fit people. Fat people? Nah. Our bodies mostly leave our muscles alone. They pretty much just use our fat, because THAT’S WHAT IT’S THERE FOR!
And we have a lot of it to burn.