Uhh... haha, on the ORIGINAL topic, though...
Originally Posted by veg_blondie
Ok, I want some people opinions on this.
I have been on this cyclic calorie diet for a week. I have lost 1.4kg (3lbs)
Im a female, 20yo, and lightly active. I need 1964 calories per day to MAINTAIN my current weight. However, I want to lose weight.
The main thing is that your total calorie intake changes per day.
For example (im putting my calories)
Monday - low calories - 1350 kcal
Tuesday - high calories - 1700 kcal
Wednesday - low calories - 1350 kcal
Thursday - moderate calories - 1500 kcal
Friday - low calories - 1350 kcal
Saturday - high calories - 1700 kcal
Sunday - moderate calories - 1500 kcal
There are figures for how much of a deficit you should undertake.
15-20% below maintenance calories = conservative deficit
20-25% below maintenance calories = moderate deficit
25-30% below maintenance calories = aggressive deficit
31-40% below maintenance calories = very aggressive deficit (risky)
50%+ below maintenance calories = semi starvation (potentially dangerous)
Im currently doing a deficit of 23-25%
Obviously you still need to have a balanced diet. But I think my problem was that whilst I was eating moderately healthy, I would eat too much out of boredom or when I wasnt really hungry.
I havent read that much about this diet, it seems to be relatively new?
Benefits are supposed to be;
* It is easy to follow for the client as it doesnt require continuous days and weeks of calorie or carbohydrate restriction.
* It prevents muscle wasting and subsequent metabolic slow down through a quality intake of proteins and calorie/carb surges.
* It provides a quality physiological environment for fat burning and weight loss.
One thing I've found myself is that the "low calorie" days are quite easy to get through because you can look forward to the "high calorie" days. Also, on the high calorie days you can be a little naughty, i.e. I have a packet of potato chips and a vitamin water on those days
I'm not too knowledgeable on dieting and that type of stuff (and this is just from my brain, not a dr's), but I've heard that calories are the way to do it. I haven't heard anything on this "cyclic calorie diet", but it would make sense since if you don't eat enough calories, your body may go into "shock" and will start STORING everything you've taken in, which will contribute to your fluffiness, not weight LOSS. Of COURSE, exercise helps too. "Diet and exercise" is all you hear these days, but it's absolutely true.
I notice that MY biggest change was that I used to skip breakfast, eat lunch around 12 and then when I got home around 5, I would binge on whatever was convenient at home (cookies, frozen dinner, whatever). I was lazy on cooking anything because I wanted food NOW. But now, I take two snacks to work (a piece of fruit and maybe some crackers w or w/o hummus) and then something for "lunch". I also bring water with me EVERYWHERE (I gave up soda along with meat and most dairy/eggs). I don't force anything and only start drinking water when I get thirsty/my mouth is dry. That normally wakes up my tummy around 9am or so and I let it grumble and wake up for another half an hour or so. Then I'll eat my banana or orange or apple or whatever. I've heard fruit is best on an empty stomach because it won't have to rot in your tummy waiting for the REST of your food to get digested (but, then again, not a dr). I did notice, though, that whatever fruit I eat seems to be gone in an hour or so, because my tummy rumbles again around 10-10:30. If I eat crackers first, they usually hold me until lunch. (I'm sorry if I'm rambling!!!) Today, I ate like... 10 little whole wheat Wheat Thins, and my tummy didn't start growling again til 12:30/1-ish. In THIS case, my half of a soy-burger/sauteed onion and mushroom wrap is still digesting, and I'm still full.
An hour or so later. Maybe in another hour or when I get home, I'll munch on the applesauce I brought.
But... MY ideas to keep the hunger down would be to eat a little the whole day. I like to think about it like... cavemen/nomads/hunter-gatherers didn't prepare huge meals and only eat 3 times a day. I think they rummaged around ate berries and plants and whatnot here and there all day while they traveled. I think by eating small amounts throughout the day, it keeps your metabolism going and your tummy doesn't get overloaded with a million things to digest at once. I also keep a stock of crackers and such to satisfy little munchies. I eat out of boredom too, but now that I'm recording everything I eat on fitday.com, it helps me cut back/stop. I also ask myself "is my tummy hungry? or is my mouth hungry?" Yeah. Usually my mouth, haha.
Wow. Sorry, I posted 3 chapters here... I'm trying to learn how to cut back on that.
I hope I kinda helped...