Over the last year, I have been on a weight plateau and no matter what I did, I could not come off of it. In an effort to change some things up, I signed the family up for a membership at the YMCA and added some strength training and some alternative cardio training. Yet, still no appreciable weight loss.
A friend of my wife recommended I join site called SparkPeople, just a weight loss site with lots of great info on nutrition, exercise, overall health and member based support group. Very similar to Weight Watchers only free . Anyway, I hate counting calories and while I used Fitday in the past, I really found it a pain in the butt and very time consuming. I found SP calorie tracking much simpler and much easier to add foods to the database. One feature I like is the ability to add a food to the database and share with the other members and it breaks out the proteins, fats and carbs.
My diet is excellent, lean meat, lots of veggies and fruit, no fat milk, reduce fat yogurts, etc. I started cataloging my calories 7 days ago making no changes to what I typically ate and discovered I was typically 500 to 800 calories short of what my minimum caloric intake should be, but on the flips side, I was within the correct zones for my protein, carbs and fats. Just short on overall calories so I was forcing myself to eat additional good calories to make it to or slightly above the minimums and as of today, I have lost 6 pounds.
I guess I new the caloric minimums were needed, but ultimately not knowing how far under I was might have been the real issue. Hopefully the weight loss will continue and I will have found the problem and corrected it.
So for any others that seem to be on the snide when it comes to you weight loss, you might want to check you calorie count and see