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The Scale Really ISN'T Your Enemy

Posted by Non-Hamster on March 7th, 2011

I've seen this particular trend repeat itself many times over the years, especially over the last year and a half that I've been trying to lose weight myself.  It's this thing where people suddenly decide that their scales are their enemy because they keep seeing the same weight or a weight gain when they're so desperately trying to lose weight.

I've even recently seen some talk among some acquaintances about several people, out of a desire to be supportive of someone who is currently stuck on a weight loss 'plateau', who have decided to boycott their scales and not weigh in until this person can break the plateau and start losing weight again.

Personally, instead of something like that, I think it would be a lot more constructive to find real ways to break that plateau.  Having spent well over a year in such a place of weight loss frustration I know full well how frustrating it is to see that all you do has no effect.

What I eventually ended up doing was to use a BMR Calculator to compute my Basal Metabolic Rate which is the number of calories needed to maintain your current weight assuming you're not very active.

Once I have the BMR, it's a simple matter of keeping the daily calorie intake at least 500 calories below the BMR number.  That by itself is a recipe for losing roughly a pound per week since one pound of fat is approximately 3500 calories.  If you add even a little bit of light exercise to that then you could easily speed up the rate at which you lose weight.

The thing is to not starve yourself because that will only put the body into "starvation mode" which will make losing weight all but impossible.  I think that it's also a good idea to vary your calorie intake a bit to avoid the body getting used to a certain level.

One way to do this is to keep the calories as low as you can manage through the week and then on the weekend don't even count them.  Instead have what you want.  Just don't go crazy and eat everything in sight.

The idea here is that getting used to the lower calorie intake through the week you can then have what you want on the weekend and just not eat tons of it.  This way you get to enjoy the things you like, you just have to remember not to stuff yourself silly with them.

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