Are you exercising and following your diet plan and still not losing weight? This may be one reason why…
A friend recently asked me on Facebook how I burned 2500+ calories in one day after seeing this picture I posted here. Seems like a lot right? Who wouldn’t want to burn that many calories a day, means more food right? I think it’s also hard for some women to grasp that they could actually burn that much, and in turn need to be eating 1800-2200 calories daily. Many of us are used to hearing the only way to lose weight is to cut calories really low. Instead, why don’t we amp up our metabolism and burn more calories daily?
Let me share 2 things going on here of why I can burn this much in a day and you may not be able to. (YET…)
1. I did exercise the day I burned 2500 calories. I burned about 340 calories while mainly walking but also jogging a bit that morning. (I wasn’t out there for more than 35 minutes or so). I then spent the time my boys were in school sitting at my kitchen table working on my business (about 4 hours). After they were home the other activity I did was clean the house. (Pretty normal!) I went to bed around PM. So I did exercise which helped me burn 2500+ calories.
2. I have a high Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR), it is 1450 calories a day. (You can use a calculator here to see yours, though what I am about to say is that many of us don’t actually burn what it says.) Your BMR is what your body burns at rest. Like if you did nothing but sit on the couch all day, you would burn what your BMR is. Increasing your BMR will help you to burn more calories overall during a day.
How this may be hindering you and what you can do about it…
Some of you may be frustrated that you are only eating 1200 calories a day and still not losing weight, am I right? This may be playing into it. How?
In attempts to lose weight I think many of us (myself included) have messed up our metabolisms. We have starved ourselves, which works for a few weeks as the weight drops, but suddenly we can’t get the scale to move down any more. So we workout harder, and eat less. Our body at this point is in FREAK OUT mode. It’s starving. And there is no way it’s going to let go of any fat reserves- it is trying to protect you and keep you alive.
Picture this: If your body has slowed down it’s metabolism (BMR) so that it only needs about 800 calories a day to survive- you have to work out really hard to get to burn 2500 calories. And imagine a day that you don’t get exercise in, you could eat 1200 calories which is usually too low for many people, and you would still be gaining weight! In 30 days you would gain about 3.5 pounds if that was your situation.
So what can you do to fix this? Continue to exercise, evaluate if you need to add in strength training (muscle mass can increase your metabolism), and start feeding your body healthy food so it can start burning calories rather than storing them in fear of starvation. In time you can raise your BMR and begin burning more calories, lose weight, and eat more food! It will take time, don’t expect an overnight change, but be consistent and anyone can increase their metabolism (BMR)!
Does that help you see why you may be trying so hard and not getting results?