Friday, May 6, 2011

Mid-Week Update: May 6, 2011

THE STATS: 6’6” (78 inches), 271.4 lbs (Goal: 240 lbs), BMI 31.4, Past week's weight loss (May 2011): -3.2 lbs, 2011 weight loss: -18.4 lbs, total weight loss: 112.3 lbs.

Now that I've gotten the admission of my month-long falter out of the way, it's time for a real update!  After coming clean last week, I got to work, and thanks to my renewed inspiration, this past week's results have been much improved...

I managed to knock off about 3 lbs. last week, with the help of Lose It (see previous post), tracking my caloric and nutrient intake.  So far, this current experience using the Lose It app has proved to be a really positive one.  Again, I'll reaffirm my take from previous posting about the importance of understanding that staying within a calorie limit won't singularly cause the body to become healthier.  Understanding the simple math of calorie intake can help lose weight, but the most important aspect to keep in mind is the quality of the calories eaten.

That's the thing to remember, and when I'm tracking food intake with Lose It, that aspect becomes painfully clear!  As an example, I can eat several heaping bowls of seasoned vegetables for under 100 calories, while a  Mini-size Snickers ice-cream bar (a delicacy in its own right!), consumed in two bites, checks in at 90 calories.  I don't think I even need to answer the question of which will leave me feeling more full.  Keeping this in mind becomes increasingly important when the calorie limit drops with each weight loss.

Stay tuned, hopefully I'll have more good news on the way!

- Dan -