Today, I’m feeling pretty great about my body. Maybe its because of my diet and exercise regime. Maybe its because in a recent bout of stomach flu, I expelled an insane amount of bodily fluids and had zero desire for food for 2 days. I guess we’ll never know. Most likely I’m feeling pretty great about my body because I was sick and now I am better. Being sick forced me to listen to my body. And I intend to keep on doing that well past my wedding day.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying you should intentionally expose yourself to illness in an attempt to jumpstart your wedding weightloss. Not the best plan. Don’t do it. There are other ways to jumpstart your weightloss. Which brings us to Rule #3.
Rule #3: Count your calories
Our bodies take in calories via food and expend calories through activity. The calories we take in and then do not use are converted to fat and stored in our bodies in case we need them at a later date. Back before corner stores and 24 hour Tim Hortons’, our bodies needed to store fat in case of hard times when food was scarce. Now, this stored fat is pretty useless unless we succumb to serious health problems that prevent us from eating. But even then, today’s doctors feed us intravenously so that we have all the nutrients our body needs while ill.
Various websites have told me various different things about how many calories one should intake in order to maintain current weight. As a woman with a desk job, in order to maintain my current weight, I should probably intake approximately 2000 calories/day. In order to lose weight, I need to cut that down. How much cutting is a matter of debate. Cut too much and you may be starving yourself. 1500 calories/day might be an appropriate goal. Not too few, not too many. Now, how to figure out how many calories there are in your food and how to keep track. The best thing is to get an app for your smartphone. There are many. I use MyFitnessPal. At every meal, you need to figure out how many calories you’re eating. This is done most easily when you buy pre-packaged foods. There’s also a calorie count on the label. When you buy fresh and cook for yourself, it gets trickier to be exact. But on many of the calorie counting apps, you can search for foods and it’ll tell you their calorie count. When that fails, the internet is a great resource. Many modern food bloggers also indicate the calories/portion on their recipes. Its quite useful.
So just keep counting. In many respects, weight loss is simple math. If the calories expended are greater than the calories ingested, there will be weight-loss. Except when your body goes into starvation mode. Beware of this mode. If you get too gung-ho about losing the weight and put yourself on a 1000 calorie diet, your body will likely think you are starving and go into overdrive trying to conserve fat. Don’t be mad at your body, its just trying to keep you alive. And it would be ideal to make it to your wedding alive.
So keep counting those calories…
Motivational music for rule #3:
- Get good workout clothes/running shoes. Knowing that you look bad-ass and feel totally comfortable when you work out will help with motivation.
- Go easy on the carbs. Soooo many calories.
- Go heavy on the greens. Green veggies are super low cal and super tasty and super healthy. Indulge.