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Do you know what works for you? I thought I did.
At 5’3” with a medium frame, most weight-loss calculators told me to drop to 1200 calories and get some exercise. To lose my weight, I stuck to 1200 low-fat calories. If I increased to 1300-1400 even one day, I wouldn’t lose my pound that week. It was so frustrating. Overcoming emotional eating helped as it saved all those extra comfort calories. Still, to maintain that loss, I couldn’t raise my calories by very much or I’d gain. Two years later, I was struggling on about 1400 calories even with a good workout, and I was tired, hungry, and cranky all the time.
I thought I knew what worked, and it did to some degree, but it was unhealthy.
In 2014, I took a metabolic test that changed everything for me. No, I can’t eat whatever I want and never gain an ounce, but I can be much more satisfied, I’m much more healthy, and I’m not cranky all the time. That makes my way of eating sustainable, and it’s real food rather than a lot of packaged products, so it’s practical for me.
Do you know what you actually need?
Are you sure?
Getting a little hungry is normal. That “I will eat the house when I get home” feeling isn’t so normal. Feeling tired can be normal. Getting frustrated and a little cranky now and again is normal. Constant weariness with a simmering “I can’t stop swearing at all the ridiculously stupid people around me” surely isn’t normal.
Always hungry, tired, and cranky isn’t how our bodies were made to work. Every body is different, and what works for me may not work for you. To achieve your resolutions or goals, you must find what does, and that may take some experimenting. It’s not just for losing weight — although a nutrition plan provides valuable information on what works for YOUR body. When it works for you, you can do it for a lifetime.