Yep I’m going to use the dreaded “C” word. Please don’t hate me, or unsubscribe, for using it!
I found the key to my weight loss to be Counting Calories! UGH – I know that’s what you’re thinking. Let me recap my last two posts briefly before I get into counting calories being the key to my weight loss success.
My last two posts were about the alkaline and paleo diets. We’re not created equal. Our bodies react to and digest foods differently, we utilize foods differently in the body and we have different preferences when it comes to foods. A diet that works for me may give you mediocre results.
The Caveman Diet Plan
The paleo is about eating like a caveman. On this diet plan you’d eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts and more. I would never follow this type of meal plan because I don’t eat red meat. So this eating plan would be out for me. My choice not to eat meat has everything to do with it not being appealing to me in the very least. In fact, it really grosses me out to think about eating it. My preference.
So do you think if I naturally dislike meat that my body would process and use it differently than someone who loves meat and craves it? I believe so. My body might digest it the same way biologically, but I believe since I’m naturally inclined to not want meat that my body’s uptake and absorption of meat would be different. My body craves nutrients from something other than meat.
The Alkaline Diet Plan
Now the alkaline diet is right up my alley because basically alkaline foods are not meat! Fruits, vegetables, nuts, and more. Now there’s a meal I can eat without problem. Although, you don’t have to cut meat out entirely. You can still eat some acidic foods. This diet plan I have followed, but did not lose weight with by just eating these alkaline foods.
Both the paleo and alkaline diets boast about not counting calories, but suggest you can lose weight if you follow their plan. Please, leave me a comment at the end of this post if you were able to follow either of these plans without doing anything else to promote weight loss, and did lose weight. I hope this would be true for someone, but it was not true for me.
In addition to following the alkaline diet plan I added in HIIT exercises. Weight lifting. If you want to learn more about HIIT, please see my previous post How to Lose Weight in Half the Time-Tried and True. When I added in the weight limiting, it did propel me into weight loss – a little.
I was happy to see a positive from eating and exercise, but it was still a slow process. Frustrating is an understatement. I had to keep trying to figure out what else I needed to do to lose the weight. I increased my cardio – nothing.
Finally, after trial and error I figured out why the weight wasn’t coming off faster. I was dedicated to the eating plan and the HIIT weights it just wasn’t quite enough for my liking.
I finally had to admit that I had to count calories. Don’t get me wrong, I was not overeating. I was eating an alkaline diet but not concerned about calories.
This is the third part of successfully losing weight. My trifecta: alkaline diet plan, HIIT weights and counting the calories. BOOM success finally!
It took me years of trial and error to figure out my successful plan. Now HIIT might not be part of the correct combination for you. This actually is normal. But exercise is going to be part of your trifecta, you’ll have to keep trying to find the right fit for you.
Calorie counting however, I encourage all of you to add to your plan.
How Many Calories per Day
I know you’re probably tired of reading these words – it depends.
The USDA recommends the average man eat about 2,700 calories per day while the average woman eats about 2,200. If you have a slower metabolism, exercise a little or a lot or want to lose weight your calorie needs will be different.
My goal was to lose weight. I started out with 1200 calories per day. FAIL. I was hungry trying to only consume 1200 calories per day. This made me eat the not so good foods for me, especially at work. I’m stuck in an office without healthy food around, but everyone has some type of candy on their desks to share or it’s always someone’s birthday. Have some cake!
Back to the drawing board. My husband discovered bento recipes. We quickly found breakfast, lunch and dinner recipes and kept the calorie count around 500 per meal. Bento meals consist of several foods for variety. This worked for me! 1500 calories kept me fulfilled and satisfied. I did not want to eat between meals, and was satisfying because it had a variety of foods instead of trying to eat the same sorry salad every day.
I stuck to my alkaline diet plan, exercised using HIIT and kept the calories at 1500 a day. Wham, the fat melted off. Now I still have some weight to lose because I am only human. Going through the holidays and some other stresses have prevented me from becoming strict again with the plan, but I did not gain anything back which I”m extremely proud of not doing.
The best advice I can give you is just try. It took me a few years to figure out my the perfect combination for weight loss. If you’re happy with a diet plan and the amount of weight loss good! If you like, or don’t mind, exercise add it in to boost the success and amount of weight loss.
Just try, and don’t give up. Leave me a comment below if you’d like to tell me about your experience with weight loss and what has worked or not worked for you. Or email me firstname.lastname@example.org
You’ve got this!