I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what goals I should set for the next three weeks or so. Normally, I’d focus on actions I know will contribute to weight or fat loss, but there’s just something about turning this into an experiment of sorts that I can’t resist.
So folks, I give you Experiment 1 (of 2).
Hypothesis: My real total daily energy expenditure (TDEE) is higher than my estimated TDEE.
When I first started losing weight late last year, the wellness center employee calculated my TDEE and estimated that I would lose 1/4 lb a week if I ate 1,200 calories a day.
I couldn’t stick to that goal. I tracked my calories most days and during my “good” weeks, I averaged between 1,500 to 1,800 calories a day and I lost about 1 lb per week. During “bad” weeks, well, let’s just say I rarely ate less than 2,000 calories a day and I definitely didn’t lose any weight.
Generally, most health and fitness professionals suggest starting with your estimated weight loss calorie goal (your TDEE minus 500 – 1000 calories) and adjusting from there based on your results. It’s sound advice, but I know myself pretty well, and I know I can’t stick to 1,200 calories a day. For me, 1,200 calories a day feels like deprivation, and I end up binging in response.
So instead, I’m going to test my hypothesis by eating at my maintenance calorie goal – my TDEE of 1,822.
The plan: I will eat 1,822 calories a day. I will also weigh myself everyday, track my meals, and then log both my daily weight and calorie total in the TDEE spreadsheet I got from the r/loseit. This TDEE spreadsheet will use my daily weight and calorie total over several weeks to eventually calculate a much more accurate TDEE for me than most online calculators can.
By the time September 20th rolls around, I believe I will have lost some weight, despite eating at maintenance calories.
I’m starting at a disadvantage. I overdid it on Tuesday (I didn’t even log my meals) and I went way over my calorie goal yesterday (I ate 2,157 calories), but I’m confident that if I stick with it going forward, I’ll still see some results.
Final step count: 15,004
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