OK everyone, here it is. We have worked on getting up and moving for a month, now it is time to get serious and start counting those calories.
FIRST: we need to figure our metabolic rate.
This site will do that for you:
This will give you the number of calories you spend just to stay alive with no activity. In order to lose 1 pound per week, you need to cut 500 calories per day.
NEXT keep track of EVERYTHING you consume. This site helps you keep up with that:
This site offers a bit more info and help:
THIRD I know you are thinking "I'll starve to death", but you won't. Every exercise/movement will allow you to add calories to your diet. This is why we have been moving for the past month.
This site will help you keep up with your calorie expenditure:
DH and I tried keeping track on paper with little charts and stuff, but it grew wearysome (sp?) so we finally downloaded the DietOrganizer to keep up with everything for us. It also keeps up with protein, carbs, and fat for those who need it.
Use whatever method works for you, but you will be surprised how effective seeing everything you eat will be.
I know this is a lot, but let's get serious now. It isn't long till summer and we do want to look better in our shorts, don't we.
Here is a link that might be useful: