I’m disappointed in myself. I didn’t lose any weight this week- stuck at 203. My goal was to hit 200lbs this week.
I think I have lost some dedication to the diet. I’m a firm believer that eating healthy and exercising should be a lifestyle change and not just a “diet” determined by a time period. Recently, I have stopped counting every calorie and eating my meals at a certain time. Maybe I was premature to think I could handle my new lifestyle without writing everything down and counting every calorie.
I wouldn’t say I have lost motivation, but I have gotten off track a little.
I also believe that around 200lbs is the end of my “easy” weight loss. Each pound from here forward will be harder, but it will be real weight. No more easy water weight losses, only real weight.
I may have to go back to my old routine of counting calories and every nutritional fact. Once I make it to my goal, then I can try going back to a “lifestyle” instead of a tracked “diet.”
I have found it essential to track every calorie and nutritional fact that I eat. Getting the right amount of calories is important in many ways when on a diet. If you were eating a different amount of calories each day, you would have no way of knowing what works and what does not on your diet. After you can hit your calorie goal for a couple weeks straight, you can then accurately evaluate your progress and make necessary changes.
I started using Calorie King to look up the nutritional values of what I was eating. They have a huge database of foods to choose from. They also offer a software program or an online version of their Diet Diary. I have been using the online version. It is very easy to use. It allows you to set weight goals and track your daily meals and exercise. They can recommend your calorie, nutritional, or exercise goals for each day if you don’t already have a plan.
Also, writing down what you eat keeps you accountable for every piece of food. You can’t “just forget” about that unhealthy impulse snack you had a few hours ago. If you put it on paper, you have to stare at it every day and regret, or applaud yourself, on your diet. It isn’t a bad idea to have a friend or diet professional review your food diary every week.