Hi all ...
I've read a lot of the threads here, and you all seem quite knowledgable and helpful, so I thought I'd post here too. I'm looking for whatever advise and help you can provide, but also want to use this as a way to hold myself accountable for a little while. Self-shaming, if you will.
Long story short, I've had some health issues over the past few years that have kept me more or less off the bike, and I've put on about 15 pounds as a result. Not all of that is bad weight, I am stronger due to some sporadic lifting, but I am also definitley fatter. I've been trying to shed the weight for about 6 months with little success, and now I'm posting here for help.
I'm back on the bike, am running, and keeping my calories to 1450 per day. I tried 1550 for a while with no luck, so I'm dropping 100 cal at a time until I find what works. I need to do more core work / body weight stuff, and plan on joining a gym to lift properly in the fall. But, I'd like to have lost the fat by then, so perhaps I have to lift now??
On the bike I'm sticking to electrolyte drinks (low / zero cal) and I have a protein (non-dairy / vegan) shake after hard workouts that I don't count towards my calorie total.
I'm aiming at the moment for 25% fat, 50% carbs, and 25% protein. I struggle with the protein intake, and without supplementation I would really have a hard time making my protein intake numbers.
I'm aiming for 155lbs, but I'm more interested in leaning out than what the scale actually says. I'd happily take a more muscular, less fat 160lbs. I'm six feet tall, for the record.
I'm planning on posting a few days worth of what I'm eating for your to critique starting tomorrow, but in the meantime, any advice would be very welcome.