Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Calorie Formula....?

I'm thinking I've blogged about this before. In fact, I'm almost sure I have. 

Calories.  We all worry about cutting them (well, if we want to lose weight).  We track them. We make sure to stay within our given ranges. We lose weight. Life is grand.

I use SP to do my tracking.  I stay within their suggested calorie range.  I've plateaued.  I know I've said before that it could be different things, probably a combination of some.  It could be extra skin. It could be muscle. It could even be stubborn fat that is terrified to leave my body.  It seems that no matter how hard I push, I cannot lose weight. I've accepted that. I do, however, wonder if I have the potential to lose more but I'm setting myself up for failure.

I looked back to when I was losing and I'm really not doing anything different in terms of eating. I still workout frequently (more days than not). I've included ST workouts and think I've been better at my consistency with those than in the past.

Yet I stick around the same couple pounds.

I've looked online at different BMR formulas and calculators. Every. Single. One. tells me that I should be eating more than my SP suggested range.  With my 500 calories subtracted from what I need for maintenance, I'm still a little higher than the top of my SP range. I don't get it. What's the difference in how SP is calculating and how these other sites are?

I feel like I should probably be eating a little more than I do. I see all of these other sites telling me "eat more calories" yet I've been sticking to the SP range because I'm afraid if I start eating more I'll gain rather than lose. I think that's a common fear that seems logical. No?

I logged into my fitness pal this evening and found it interesting that their calorie calculator is different than SP's. They don't just give you a range to stick within each day.  Instead they show what you need to eat for weight loss, however they present it as NET calories for the day. So, say I need to eat 1200 to lose weight. Great. But then I workout and burn 400....This means I should be eating 1600 calories in a day. SP doesn't include this, so I've been just sticking within that range. For a while I'd stay in the 1200-1300 range. Subtract what I'm burning and I'm too low...That just might be why I can't lose.

As frightened as I am to eat more, especially right before my surgical consult, I want to try it.  I'm just trying to decide if I do it now or wait until that consult.  I think I'll see what my weight is like on Saturday and then decide if I will start now or wait a week. I wish I could start now and then weigh-in part way through to see if there's any obvious damage being done. I can't though. I gave up weighing too often for Lent. I only weigh on Saturday mornings....So....I'm at a bit of a loss.

What IS the calorie formula? The REAL one? The one that works? Is SP right? Or is MFP? Or the other sites I've come across?

I think I'm going to start tracking on my fitness pal and check it out a bit more. That might help give me some direction. I'm also thinking of talking to a dietitian again. I saw one a few times maybe five or six years ago. It'd be nice to get her input and see what she has to say about what I'm doing.  I want to trust what I read on the internet and what I hear from others, but it's so scary to do that... It's like I want to hear the correct, factual answer from a professional. I guess I worry about that stuff because I don't want to mess it up! :)

In other news...

I did one heck of a BR workout today. WOW! I am SO sore!! I was shaking while I was doing this workout. My shoulders, legs, and abs were burning. It was great!!!

Speaking of BR...I've been behind in updating my page. I suppose I should go do that!



  1. I'm a new follow, so I'm not sure of the deal with your surgery. However, I would suggest trying--just for one week--the higher calorie target. Just be sure to use those extra calories for good foods.

    Just my $0.02!

  2. Thanks!! That's what I was thinking of doing. What's the worst that can happen?

    I have a consult for cosmetic (skin removal) surgery. I just don't want to bloat out or something and have my skin not look its worst. :)