When I set out to lose 20 pounds I knew I needed a plan. Here it is; eat less than you burn up. That’s it, we all know it, and it’s easy. First, I went online to find out my Basic Metabolic Rate http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ . For me to weigh 182 pounds I could eat 1713 calories and not gain weight. This is what my body needs to exist without getting out of bed all day. So now I had to figure out how many calories I could eat while living the lifestyle I enjoy so I went here http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/ to the Harris Benedict Formula. I determined that I lead an active lifestyle but wanted a little cushion so I selected a moderately active lifestyle and that gives me a formula like this BMRx1.55=Daily Total calories or 1713x1.55=2655. 2655 is what I need to stay at 182 pounds. Now knowing how I love to eat I thought I would err and just say 2500 calories per day while continuing my running, biking, walking etc. program should help me lose 20 pounds. I started the first day by writing down everything I ate and measuring everything so I really knew how many calories I was eating. The first week I lost one pound, then the next week 2 pounds. During the next few weeks I lost a pound or two or stayed the same, I never gained any weight.
Next time-why this worked for me and why it helped me eat better.