One of the common misconceptions when losing weight is that you have to drastically cut your food intake to see results. Iâ€™ve been there too. I would eat below 1000 calories a day, essentially throwing my body into starvation mode. I now know that if you eat more you can lose more. WHAT, NIKKI?! Yes…. Fuel your body with MORE food and you will lose more. Of course, you still need to be moving that booty to burn calories or youâ€™ll gain weight, but you definitely donâ€™t have to starve yourself to get results any more!
Iâ€™m 5â€™1 and when Iâ€™m not at my most active I eat about 1500 calories a day. Back when I was training twice a day, I was up to 1800-2000 calories a day! 2000 calories a day and I was in the best shape of my life! Why? I was eating nutritional food, not empty calories. Thatâ€™s not to say that I didnâ€™t enjoy froyo every so often, but I had to give my body lots of fuel to keep up with marathon training and Insanity videos. How do you know how many calories your eating? Honestly, you have to read labels and measure things until you know how to eyeball it.
There are many online calorie calculators that can help you calculate the best caloric intake for you. It will help you understand how much you need to eat to lose or maintain and adjusts for how active you are. Once you know your calorie bracket, take a look at your pantry. I would get rid of any processed foods. 100 calorie packs? Yea, theyâ€™re great for a treat or road trip, but youâ€™ll want to eat food that will satiate you! 100 calories of chicken and veggies will hold you over and is much better for you than 100 calories of oreos. Your body will process it as FUEL. Your body likes whole foods. End of story.
There are so many ways to eat. One of my best friends is a bikini competitor and eats 100% whole on her prep. One of her friends incorporates a day of treats… froyo, donuts, burgers… Both girls have different diets but are able to achieve the same results. But doing this takes a lot of understanding of how the body breaks things down. Also understand that everyoneâ€™s body is different. It may take time to find a meal plan thatâ€™s right for you, but remember, you NEED calories. Donâ€™t be afraid of calories. 1800 calories of eggs, chicken, rice, fruit and veggies will yield very different results than 1800 calories of cereal, fast food, 100 calorie packs and other â€œdietâ€ foods.