'The Calorie Saving Expert diet' blog discussion

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  • beanielou
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    Love it~great idea~thanks Martin.
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  • camaj
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    This is the same attitude I've taken and it really works, especially tracking your calories. However I find that when I eat lower-calorie food I end up eating more calories because it doesn't satisfy me.

    Secondly, calorie saving is money saving! If you decide to only eat a small number of calories a day, it stops you buying food you don't need. Want a packet of crisps? Well if it brakes the calorie bank, you don't need it and hey presto, you've saved some money too. That's less to throw away too.

    Finally I really want people to stop saying Men should be eating 2,500 cals. I hear it all the time and while rules of thumb are handy when they're right they can be destructive when they're wrong. The amount of calories you need depends on three things, your gender, how muscular you are, your age and how active you are. These three factors decide how many calories you'll burn a day. For most men, it turns out that you actually only need around 1600. That's 900 calories less than the recommended amount.

    To be fair, sometimes you will hear that the figure is for "active men". Logically an active man would be someone who burns an extra 900 cals a day. That's someone who does almost 2hrs of exercise a day or 1hr of intensive exercise, every day or has a very physical job that would use the same energy. Sadly that's just a small minority of men in this country. Telling a nation of men who probably sit down all day and do very little exercise to consume an extra 900 calories a day is a recipe for obesity. Your weight is a reflection of how many calories you exceed your requirement by. An average guy could be 6 stone heavier just because of those extra 900 calories!

    The good news, if you're overweight, is you don't need to reduce your intake much or exercise much to lose weight. If you had been overeating by 900 calories, simply cutting 100 calories a day (ie overeating by 800 cals) could bring your weight down by a stone, over time at least. It's important to note that you won't lose any more eventually because as you lose weight your burn less calories so to continue to lose weight you have to have a lower calorie intake and/or burn more through exercise. The reverse is true, if you overeat by the same amount you will eventually stop gaining weight because your body will burn more energy until you reach a point where you're burning as much as you eat
  • tara747
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    What a fabulous idea Martin, and you should definitely build a new demotivator! Pleeeease............ :D

    Seriously, you've hit on a very simple solution which we all probably are aware of deep down (as with money), but you recognise that we need 'budgeting' tools for weight control as well! It's similar to WW points but much more psychogically useful.

    I do try to 'offset' calories by sacrificing one thing for another - obviously not always successfully lol - let's just say that I am far more disciplined with money than food!!!! I am currently trying to lose weight and will follow this with enormous interest!!!!
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  • RedGoose
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    I've thought for a little while that money-saving was like weight loss. Both my spending and eating seem to be made up of small habits: for example, you're unlikely to buy a new pair of shoes every month- equally, you're unlikely to eat the equivalent of a Christmas dinner every month.

    But a latte every day, or a biscuit with your mid-morning cup of tea? They add up, without you noticing it. Somehow it's easier to spend money or calories in small daily chunks.

    Incidentally, I cut my latte habit back to one a week to save money (which works) and a few weeks later people started asking whether I'd lost weight (which I had). And I really enjoy my Friday latte now, whereas I used to just knock it back before.

    (That reminds me: if you're going to have a luxury (money or calorie-wise), make sure it's one you really enjoy.)
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  • tara747
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    So true!!!! :)
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