Diet suggestions and updates
June 6, 2006
To anyone who is on “the diet” with us or anyone else who would just like to see how much calories/fat/etc. they eat throughout the day, I would highly suggest downloading Calorie King’s Nutrition and Exercise Manager (this link Mac only, Windows link here). This is shareware software that gives you a week demo to see if you like it. After using it only for a couple minutes, I’m sure this is going to be one piece of software that I invest in. It has a comprehensive database that has almost every food I could think of in it, from fast food to vegetables to how many calories basketball burns.
Another wonderful feature of that software is that based on your weight, height, and age it gives you the suggested amount of calories you should eat daily to lose a healthy amount of weight. I know this is a huge benefit for me. When I dieted previously I ate an unhealthily low amount of calories, which accomplishes nothing besides burning muscle instead of fat since your body will think you are starving and will store the fat for later use. Just a quick reminder to everyone that the range you should lose weekly on a diet is 2-4 pounds. There will be some weeks where you will lose less or more than that, but that should be a general average. Anything drastically over that is definitely not healthy for you, so remember to keep your goals realistic and healthy.
As my brother says, the way you lose fat and not muscle is by eating a lowering your caloric intake slightly and doing a slower paced, longer lasting cardio workout. Most machines will tell you the proper heart rate you should be at to burn the most fat.
This morning, when I was supposed to weigh-in, I conveniently forgot to weigh myself. I’m actually quite annoyed by it because now I have to wait an entire day to weigh myself fresh in the morning after a good night’s rest.
Last night at basketball, I was worried that I may have suffered a minor setback when I clicked knees with someone and by the end of the night I was in quite a bit of pain. So much so that I wasn’t even able to drive home. I iced it and today it feels almost 100% so hopefully if I take it easy it will be a non-issue.
Good luck and hope all is going well to everyone who is participating in our group effort to get healthy. Check back tomorrow to see the results of the weigh-in.