Wednesday, February 3, 2010

WFMW - Counting Calories

Week two of joining Kristen over at We Are THAT Family for Works For Me Wednesday!

In the summer of 2006, while I was very pregnant with my second baby, my mom and sister joined Weight Watchers and had lots of success (so while I kept getting bigger, they kept getting smaller...sheesh)! I learned the process by default and joked that they became Weight Watcher snobs (because really...when they were doing so well it made them look at me funny when I ate a Big Mac).

It worked for them. But that's not what works for me. I think the program is wonderful, don't get me wrong. But for me, counting calories is what has worked for me in the past (when I dropped 25 pounds in the spring of 2007 after having Sarah) and it's what's working for me now on my current journey.

My mom has questioned the amount of calories I intake, and my husband has questioned me, too. How do you figure out what is healthy? Well, a friend of mine suggested that I look up my BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) to determine how many calories I burn just existing! So I Googled it, and found this BMR calculator. I was told by my friend to never go lower than 500 below that number...especially if I'm working out like I am.

In order to lose weight, you must create a calorie deficit. It is easier and healthier to cut back your calorie intake a little bit at a time. Every 3,500 calories is equivalent to one pound.

So, if you cut back 500 calories a day, you should lose about one pound per week. That said, if you exercise to burn off 500 calories a day you should lose approximately one pound per week. Do both, and ... you get the picture. Ideally, you should do a combination of both, (such as cut back 250 calories; burn an extra 250 calories).

As the weeks progress and I share more about what works for me, I will elaborate on how I fill up my calories with GOOD STUFF which I do attribute to my mom and sister's knowledge that they gained from WW.

But for's just calorie counting!

P.S. I lost 1.5 at last weigh in.


kimberly anderson said...

Thanks for the link I never figured that out before. Always seemed to complicated. I wonder about the Biggest Loser contestant and there BMR, to get those huge numbers?

SonjaMichelle said...

So, if my BRM is 1,619.7

Does that mean that is what I should eat each day? Or should I take off 500? And then with the guard stuff I do each day....

So, I could eat 1,119.7 cals a day and lose a little weight each week?

Does that sound right?

Thanks big sis for the info! I would like to lose 10 lbs by MCCGA Championships (you know how us guard girls like to LOOK GOOD on that day) and needed a guide to help me do that!

Melissa said...

I'm not currently counting calories, I'm just exercising, but I like using the BMR factor also!

Angie said...

great Info.. and I started to count calories, but what I seemed to have a problem with are homemade dishes that have all kinds of things in them.
Any suggestions??


Faithful Mali said...

Good for you, Chrissy! Counting calories works for me, too, when I commit to it. My biggest trouble is with following serving sizes. Thanks for the inspiration! Good luck Motivated Mommas!

Susan said...

ok, since when are you the math nut? Or did josh do the in and out for you with this? And (I'm smiling)..are you become a calorie snob..hee hee yes, I loved WW because they make you keep a balance of foods, especially the fruits and veggies..or sorry...being that snob you, chrissy!!
(It was so fun when sonja opened my pantry and labeled all the points on my foods!!

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