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By lm (Tue Jan 01, 2019 at 07:52:08 PM EST) (all tags)
I started a diet. FML.

The last time I went to the doctor, she noticed my blood pressure starting to creep up. I didn't pay it much attention. Well, aside from giving up coffee.

(And let me just say that cocoa is a really great substitute so long as you're not expecting coffee. Not that pansy assed sugary confection, but cocoa beans fermented and roasted and then brewed in a fashion similar to coffee. For example, Cocoa Bean Roasting.)

And more recently I discovered that losing weight will make me faster in triathlons.

  • Unless you're at 26mph or faster, being lighter on the bike is more important than aerodynamics - and since I can't afford a new and lighter bike, this leaves me with making myself lighter
  • Being lighter on the run improves speed in two ways (a) decreasing effort in propelling yourself against gravity, (b) increasing VO2 Max
Clocking in at 210, I should be able to peel off 20 pounds without too much effort. According to most of the "good" sites my ideal weight should be around 165. If I keep my current muscle mass, that would be put me at 0% body fat. Not going to happen. So I don't want to drop much more than 20 pounds. 30 would be pushing it.

So I looked up my TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) estimates on a few sites. They all fell within a range of 3300 to 3500. Which means that I need to be eating that many calories per day to stay at my current weight. So to pull off the pounds, multiply that by .8 to get to a range of 2600 to 2800 calories per day.

That sounds like a lot of calories.

It's not.

I put My Fitness Pal on my phone to make it easy to count calories. That app came up pretty much the same numbers but added a bit after my morning run. So it thinks I should stay under 2900 calories per day.

I did that today. It wasn't all that hard.

But now it's just before 8pm and I'm hungry. Real hungry. Not quite hangry hungry so that's a good thing.

But I bet I'm going to want to kill people by the time I wake up tomorrow.

Worse yet. There is no room for booze unless I eat far less.

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MyFitnessPal and Exercise ... by me0w (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Jan 02, 2019 at 06:41:26 AM EST
Both of those are what got me 130lbs lighter. I still use both. MyFitessPal keeps me accountable and helps me to not overeat. I find the key is to spread out your meals. So I eat my breakfast, lunch, and dinner but I also have snacks along the way (including a light one before bed). I also get a lot fewer calories! So the planning is important.

Keep with it ... be realistic ... and you'll do well!

Yeah, I'm not expecting miracles by lm (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Jan 02, 2019 at 08:03:39 AM EST
I woke up less hungry than I thought I would. We'll see how day 2 goes.

There is no more degenerate kind of state than that in which the richest are supposed to be the best.
Cicero, The Republic
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