As many of you know, I have talked a lot about how restricting my calories really works for me when I am trying to lose weight. I have restricted my calories to 1,300 calories or less per day. I have found that this amount of calories is enough to keep me satisfied and at the same time lose weight quickly. Especially when I stop eating at 7pm. I have a goal that I am working on to be at a certain date and watching my calorie intake in this way will get me there.
I have switched it up a bit this past Monday with my 1,300 calories a day. I started it low-carb. So I am eating low carb, but sticking to 1,300 calories a day. I will do this from Monday-Friday lunchtime. Changing my diet every few weeks seems to jump start my metabolism. I think when you stick with the same thing for months, your weight-loss can come to a standstill. It needs to be jump started again and I find that if I change it up regularly, it does this for me.
While eating low carb during the week, I change it up on the weekends starting Friday night. I find that I can stick to something when I can eat the way I like to eat. So Friday nights, we usually order out. I add more carbs over the weekend, but still stick to my 1,300 calories a day. I give an example of what a Friday would be for me below...
I start my Friday out with low carb. So for breakfast, I will have a low-carb protein shake, or maybe an egg and bacon. It's very low carb. Then for lunch, I will eat a salad with baked chicken, boiled egg and avocado. This is all very low carb. Then I save the rest of my calories for dinner and a light snack. I might order a taco or burrito, or eat a slice of pizza on a Friday night with a salad. Then I will add a dessert which might be a fudgesicle, pudding pack or sugar-free cookie.
I continue the 1,300 calorie diet on Saturday and Sunday and can add pancakes, popcorn whatever I like over the weekend as long as it stays under the 1,300 calorie restriction. Then starting up on Monday, I once again start the low carb 1,300 calorie diet. It seems to work well for me and keeps my metabolism in check. I am over 45, so I need to find ways that will keep my calories burning.
I make sure I walk each day, except for Sunday. If you walk each day at least 30 minutes and have the goal of 10,000 steps and watch your calorie intake, you will lose weight and inches quickly. Add whatever workout you would like to with this, but you will find out once you get to where you want to be with your weight, you will be able to maintain your weight with walking and watching your calories. It's not that hard.
I hope you will find this to help you on your healthy weight-loss journey. Until next time, keep riding!