Friday, April 24, 2009

Chose a Diet, and i'm sticking with it!

Hola, my little dieting chicas! I've decided that I've just been expecting these pounds to fall off on their own. Well, I've come to terms with reality, and I know that just isn't going to happen! Like so many of you, I can't seem to get this weight loss going and in the mean time, my number is slyly creeping up, digit-by-digit. I'll probably be 162 by tomorrow (EVERYONE CROSS YOUR FINGERS THAT I DIDN'T GAIN ANOTHER POUND!! :]). 
In order to get some order into my life, I've decided I need structure in the form of a regime! So, after all these years of trial and error, reading health magazines, dieting books, and the like, I've decided to get my "tabula rasa" or blank slate going, as John Locke deemed it! I looked at dieting without bias, and just chose the most sensible one. Plain-and-simple, a pound of fat is 3,500 calories, which means I need to lose 140,000 calories (40 pounds)  before September. I can do this one of two ways: eating less calories and burning more! 
Currently, I weigh 161 pounds. My next step was to find out how many calories I'm currently allowed to have per day to maintain this weight as a female. A good way to do this is: get your body weight (ex. 161) and multiply it by 10 (=1,610), then add your weight to that number (=1,771). So, I'm allowed 1771 to maintain this weight. 
Logically, I can lose about 40 pounds by September-when school begins, by losing just 2 pounds a week. I can lose one pound by dieting and one by burning. So this means that in order to eat off one pound i need to cut 3,500 calories off of my intake per week, which is 500 calories per day (3,500/7 = 500). 
Therefore, ,my new dieting caloric intake will be 1271 per day, but to insure weight loss i"m going to make it 1,200 or less calories per day. Then, I also need to burn 500 per day in order to lose 2 pounds a week. 

Overall, my plan is a basic, age-old diet called science. To match a low calorie diet into one of the more popular ones, I decided that the Karl Lagerfeld one seemed the most effective for weight loss in a short amount of time. Read about it here, it's quite inspiring!

Is anyone on a diet? Even if you made it up, what are you doing to lose weight? I've read your blogs, and you all seem to be getting it off somehow!! =)

XOXO Diet Diva!


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  2. PLEASE be careful about going below 1200 calories! It's almost impossible to get everything your body needs with 1200 much less lower and the formula you used may not be the most accurate. Have you figured out your BMR and done it that way ever? I did the formula found at and it ended up being almost identical to what my BodyBugg program has suggested for intake. In the long run you're going to end up doing what you want to, but PLEASE be careful.

  3. beware of diets that cut calorie intake to unrealistic expectations and promise fast weight loss, while it may work in the short term it will most likely fail in the long. good luck though and nice site.

  4. Great plan! Good old fashioned calorie counting and exercise has worked for me. Thanks for following me.

  5. I agree with Karen. Do be careful with ulta low calorie diets.
    The most important question for a successful journey: can I maintain this diet for the rest of my life? If the answer is no then you will gain the weight back plus more usually. Hey, I've tried lots of them and know how this works. :)

    Just be careful. That's all. Make sure it's soemthing that you want to do forever.

    I'm on Weight Watchers and absolutely love it. Lost 23.2 pounds in 11 weeks and feel SO much better and my clothes fit better too. I get to go out to eat from time to time and enjoy my favorite foods. I'm learning how to make favorites (spaghetti, fried chicken, pizza)healthier so I can enjoy them on a regular basis. I'm exercising and trying things I'd never try before. I've also signed up for a 5k. It works great for me but you have to do what's right for you. :) But this has been the easiest weight has ever come off in my life. My husband has lost lots of weight and my 13 year old daughter has lost 17 pounds just by eating the foods I cook. I'm very happy.

    Good luck on your weight loss journey. I'm sure if you're determined you'll get the weight off and be where you want to be. :)

  6. I agree with Karen. I got most of my weight off with a doctor supervised fast. Now, I'm trying to lose the last of the poundage with diet and exercise, You should probably eat 1400 calories a day and burn off 300-500 a day. If you eat too little food, and exercise, your body will hold on to weight, b/c it thinks you are starving. Good luck with everything!

  7. I was trying a plan through my dr office, but since I make dinners from scratch for 3 picky children, it was hard to keep track of my intake (not to mention depressing when I could figure it out). I think it is good that you are doing this so scientificly. I wish I had that kind of drive and dicipline.

  8. Hey, I think 1200 cal's for someone your height and weight is a good way to start. However, if you hit 1300 for a day, Don't get stressed! If you hit above that, just balance it with exercise. That's what I do. Although, (as my blog today explains) it is easier to try to stick with the plan all the time, not some of the time and try to get back on track. And I'd definetly advise not to go under 1,200!

    I know my body, and for me, I need tons of exercise, water, and counting calories in order to remain in control of my weight loss. It takes me much effort. Some people have it better - they can stick with 30 min aerobics 3-4 times a week. I need 60 min aerobics 5-6 times a week plus 3 times a week strength training! Crazy, but whatever. God only gives us struggles he knows we can handle, and so far so good. And I feel great, even though I still have 25 lbs to go.

    Anyway, good luck!!!