Hungry Runner

In April 2013 I broke up with my scale. It wasn’t a forever break-up, but we just needed some distance from one another…. 

You’re going to hate me for saying this, but I can’t tell you the answer to this question. Caloric needs vary greatly among individuals; your energy requirements and the way your body processes calories are both extremely different compared to the next person. Plus, weight loss most likely isn’t only related to how much you eat, but also the quality of the foods you consume.

Calorie-counting isn’t the best weight loss strategy for everyone, but for those who do find it to be a valuable tool, I will show you a few of the measurements and formulas that you can use to estimate your daily energy requirements for weight loss.

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Fitter, faster, bigger, better, slimmer, stronger; everyone’s fitness goals are different, but the reasons why we struggle to accomplish them are usually the same. Part of the problem is that we expect success to come easily, but become exceedingly disappointed when it doesn’t. (Hint: For the most part, nothing worth achieving ever comes easy.)

According to Dr.Denise McGuire, PhD, a licensed psychologist and emotional fitness coach with over 25 years of experience and a presenter at last year’s Fitness and Health Social Media Conferenceat the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center in Aurora, Colorado, fewer than 20% of people in a problem population are ready to take action to change.

That means even though you might have the desire to lose weight, incorporate healthier habits into your day-to-day life, or even break a personal record in your 5k, your past attempts have failed simply because you weren’t ready to follow through with the complicated process that brings about true, maintainable change.

When it comes to accomplishing a goal, McGuire says we often fail to achieve real progress because we underestimate just how difficult it is to break old habits. She says that we tend to think the process will be simple and that successful transformation only requires willpower and self-discipline.

Psychological science has proven quite the contrary, though. According to the Prochaska’s Readiness for Change (or transtheoretical) model, whether or not you’ll successfully achieve a goal depends on where you fall within the model’s five stages.

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(Source: Q&A: Should I track calories everyday?

Answer: Tracking your calories for a few days can provide really useful information about your current calorie and macronutrient intake, and help you make small changes to your current habits so you could start to see results from your workout program. If you’re a habitual eater, then tracking for a few days might be all you need to make a few tweaks to your current nutrition routine. You can use the information you get from tracking your calories to create a meal plan for yourself– choosing 3 options for breakfast, 3 for lunch, 3 for dinner, and a few snack options as well. Tracking your calories everyday is a great way to keep yourself motivated and aware about your nutrition, but isn’t necessary for everyone. It depends on what you prefer, if you’re getting the results you want from your exercise program, and if you have a lot of variety in your meals on a day-to-day basis. I think that the more variety you have in your daily nutrition, the more beneficial it would be for you to track your calories every day, just to be sure you’re hitting your macronutrient and calorie goals. - Kristin Rooke

"As we look around and size one another up, we have to stop thinking that variation in size means variation in effort. Belts and bathroom scales do not measure effort, resolve or determination, let alone anything remotely like human worth."

Weight Is Not a Choice

The Holidays Are Not About Avoiding Weight Gain

"Avoid approaching the season with fear. Cookies, cake, pie, and large plates of nap-inducing foods are your friend. Food’s main purpose is fuel, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy it too. After all, most of it is pretty darn delicious, wouldn’t you say? So instead of worrying about it, embrace it. Think of this time of the year not as a time to fear weight gain, but as a time to be thankful for food, and even more importantly, family and friends. Because despite what every magazine wants you to think, that’s what it’s really all about.” (Read more…)


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