I like plans. I like schedules. I especially like organization.
Why should that be any different when it comes to losing weight?
When I signed back up for MyFitnessPal I went with a less aggressive plan: lost one pound per week. In return I was given a calorie target of 1680 per day.
I’ve spent today (Sunday) working out a plan for just my diet. I explored different recourses on Dietician.com. Here is what I now know:
- To lose one pound a week (given my normal, daily activities) my calorie target is between 1580-1680. The variation comes from Dietician.com and MyFitnessPal
- To be more aggressive and lose 2 pounds a week (given my normal, daily activities) my calorie target is right at 1200.
I know these numbers are good choices for me. They are roughly the same as the ones my doctor suggested back in February. I’ve gained 10 pounds since that day with the doctor, so it is imperative I implement this plan, starting now.
With the help of Dietician.com, I’ve broken it down by meal and given myself some flexibility.
- Breakfast: 382 – 413
- Lunch: 362 – 560
- Dinner: 397- 538
- Snack: 62 – 132
Lot of fruits, vegetables, good fats, lean meat, dairy and whole grain starches.
Of course, no diet is complete without exercise. That will be the next part of the plan.
Having these numbers broken down and laid out before me, really gives me peace and confidence. I actually know what I am doing, and what I have to do in order to be successful.
I really love Dietician.com because if you do the HELP Healthy Eating For Life Plan®, it breaks down by food group and how many servings you should have, per meal, from that food group. Of course, you can customize it to your own eating habits.