Thursday, August 19, 2010

16 Days Left in the iTouchallenge!

Walked 3.5 miles (half was uphill) in about 50 minutes early Thursday morning, then stopped at my grocery store to get fresh fruits and veggies.  According to, I burned 775 calories this morning (by comparison, my 5k in 35 minutes burns 600 calories).

I ate 1,924 calories today to see how it felt to off-set the 1,500 on Wednesday.  There are good and strong opinions that some of you have on this.  My head keeps telling me that 1,500 - 1,700 calories would help weight come off fast, especially if I'm active.  I am 6'4 and 285 and seem nowhere near starving.  What am I missing?

Big Clyde


Patrick Mahoney said...

It's all about finding a calorie deficit that still allows for plenty of fuel to be active. Beyond that, I have no advice because I stink at it in practice.

Christine said...

I'm personally an advocate for "as few calories as you can do and still be healthy and active" but I'm aware that everyone's body composition and genetics are not the same as mine.

Raegun said...

I try to eat just enough to stay active and not obsess about food too much. For me, that's about 1300-1500. Any lower and all I can think about is my next meal! :P

Your comparison of calories burned really got me thinking about my approach to learning to run 5k. You see, I've been working up to it by running for 3-4 minutes with walking breaks in between. I wasn't sure whether it was more important to tighten up the walking breaks to 1 minute (thus keeping my workout to about 25min) or just take as much time as I'd like between runs (which can make my session as long as 45-55 minutes). I am definitely going to have to check out that site!


Christina said...

Great job with the exercise!!

"My head keeps telling me that 1,500 - 1,700 calories would help weight come off fast." If you want to lose weight fast, go for it. Short term, that will yield results. The faster you lose it, the more likely you are to gain it back. My goal is to lose weight by transitioning to a healthier lifestyle. What's your maintenance plan? How are you going to keep the weight off after you lose it? Instead of doing something drastic, I've found a way of eating I know I can maintain indefinitely. Losing the weight will take a little longer, but I know I'm treating my body right. 1500 might not feel restrictive because your body has adapted, but that is really a tiny amount of calories, especially for a super-tall, active male. After a few weeks, your body will adapt to fewer calories. Your metabolism won't adapt - it'll just slow. If you don't eat enough, your body will hold onto weight because it will think you are starving. Eating less and moving more is not a workable equation. The New Rules of Lifting seriously has so much great info (they should pay me for talking about their book so much!). If you want more info, see if your library carries it. There is a chapter titled 'Weight Control Made Easy' that discusses nutrition, and several lovely studies are discussed there.

You can weigh 500 pounds and send your body into starvation mode just as you can drown in an inch of water.

Haha, I think I might be one of those folks with strong feelings on the calories. :)

Luke said...

I limited (limited not stopped) carbs and that helped me alot. After I stopped losing, I cut out diet soda (I had changed to diet soda when I cut carbs) and then i saw a huge change.

The daily plate at livestrong,.com wil tell you how many calories to intake to lose x number of pounds per week.

Fat Daddy said...

I don't know dude. You're a good size fella. You'll lose on 1900 too if you stay active. I just really think you will. Sure it would be faster at 1500, but where do you draw that line? It would be faster yet at 1400.

Just listen to what your body tells you. Stay healthy.

Christina said...

Cutting back on carbs isn't a bad idea if you cut back on cardio workouts like running and biking. Carbs are pretty important for cardio workouts (hello, glycogen!), and you seem like a cardio guy. I like to try to get my carbs from whole grains, fruits, and veggies while minimizing my intake of starchy carbs.

If you do try eating more calories, give your body two weeks to adapt. I know you like to see results right away (who doesn't?), but it'll be worth it if you stick it out. :)

Allan said...

It really depends on how quickly you want to succeed. If you lose 2 pounds per month and want to get to 220 pounds, then you need to follow your plan for 3 years at 1900-2000 calories per day. If you want to get to 250, then same plan less one year. I am not telling you to get drastic, that is your call. I will tell you that the concept of "too few" calories kicks in at 5% body fat. Enough said.... All the best, do what works for Clyde ~~