I decided last week that I finally need to make a change for good this time and lose weight, and stay skinny this time. I am currenty 5'9 and weigh 267. My ideal weight would be 155, and I want to be close to that in a year. I have been doing research on what to eat when I do eat out. Two days ago I bought some Campbell's soup, and fruit cups to keep at work. I've given up hamburgers, fries, sour cream, ranch, mayo, and my biggest weakness soda.
I don't think i'm ready to quit caffeine yet so I take one caffeine pill 200mg in the morning which has been working fine. I'm not a fan of coffee.
Well I have been reading on how many pounds I should lose a week and how much calories I should limit myself. Most sites say 1-2 pounds a week, and one site recommended cutting down 500 calories and burning 500 calories more a day. That site also recommends only working high intensity for one hour max, and only losing 1 pound per week.
So this is where I get confused, because giving up soda alone will cut down almost 1,000 calories a day. On top of that I'm only eating things that are low in grams of fat, like the Chargrilled chicken sandwich, and medium fruit cup at Chick Fila is only 350 calories and 3 grams of fat. Breakfest I just eat a bowl of frosted flakes with low fat milk. Dinner will be usually a grilled chicken sandwich or panda express steam rice, with mandarin and black pepper chicken. I'm also drinking a lot of water throughout the day 64oz or so.
So I would say my calorie intake on average this past week has been 1500-2000 a day. I've only worked out twice in the past 7 days for one hour, but my goal is to do 3-5 days a week, one hour mininum, and on the weekend try to get two hours in.
Is this a good plan? If I start losing more than 2 pounds a week should I be concerned? The site said if I lose more than 1 pound a week, then i'll slow my metoblism down and when I start eating more i'll gain weight faster. The way I look at it is even if that happenned when I get below 190 I can start lifting more weights, and as I get in better shape I can do harder workouts plus eat more, and I think that would get my metoblism back up. So right now my goal in the next few months is to lose a lot of weight fast, then work on building muscle, eating more again once I am lighter and in better shape.