nutrition tracker craziness

Friday, February 05, 2010

Those of you on Blue may remember I have been talking about how my fitness tracker is yelling at me to increase my calories because I'm exercising "too much". Well add to that the fact that I've lost 20 pounds and I decided it was time to take a look at all my trackers and update my goals. In addition to my 30 minutes 3x/week of aerobic activity, I have also set the goal of cycling at least 10 miles a week. I could probably have set that for 15 as every time I bike for 30 minutes I do 5 miles, plus my shorter bikes of 15 minutes on my strength training days are about 2.5, but we'll leave it at 10 for now and see what mileage I actually get to in the next couple of weeks.

However, the crazy thing is my nutrition tracker. Apparently it thinks I need to eat MORE food, as it has bumped me up from 1300-1650 to 1600-1900 calories/day. Not so sure about this--however, it did allow my restaurant meal last night to come in not over calories! Again, I'll leave it this way for a week or two and see how it's working. I have been feeling hungry and headachy a LOT lately since I started doing more exercise so I think it's very possible I do need to eat more. I just hope it doesn't slow down my weight loss.

We are expecting a huge amount of snow here later today--you know it's bad when they actually say the word "Delaware" on the Weather Channel! So I am out in a few to go grocery shopping. I wish I could have gone yesterday but unfortunately, I had to wait until payday. Here's hoping it's not too crazy!
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    I adjusted my goals too, but I put them back the way they were again - reason being, I don't know what I'm doing. LOL No, it boosted my calories too, and I started to see myself plateau, so I readjusted down again. I'm not quite sure I'm doing it right anyway - It made my charts look weird too when i was looking at my tracking stuff.

    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
    4081 days ago
    Everyone's body is a bit different. You do need to keep up the calorie intake to a certain level. Strangely, you also need to keep the fat and carb intake up a bit (although you can eat too much of each). Personally, I think a calorie input of 1600-1900 is a bit light, particularly if you are hitting the exercise machine hard. Remember, also, that your metabolism increases as you increase muscle mass... (a very good thing). Anyway, your body may need to "adjust" to the new weight, so expect some "plateau's." With light-headedness, I would suggest you increase "good food" calorie intake, at least for a week.
    Sounds like you are aggressively pursuing your goal. GREAT, keep the focus, but remember, us "type A" personalities like to see "instant results" so expect some stalls. Good luck!
    4082 days ago
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