How You Are Killing Your Metabolism Pt 1

Diet down to 1200 calories or 1800 calories? Keep your carbs very low… Does any of this sound familiar? That 1200 number that floats around as being your optimal daily calorie intake for weight loss; is it really??

How about “starve,” does that ring a bell? 

Your body has a calorie range based on your personal BMR/Basal Metabolic Rate that defines where you will gain or lose weight. This number indicates the minimum calories your body needs to adequately function. This is why all of the meal plans I include in my programs are based on your individual BMR.

If you consistently fall below the minimum limit your body needs to sustain basic functions, you will repeatedly cause some undeniable negative results:

1 – You will not lose weight.  If the scale moves at all, it will likely be muscle you are losing.  Of course, muscle is lean metabolically active tissue, so that is a massive backfire as far as losing fat. 

2 – You will not build any muscle.
Ouch, see point #1. Worse, you will continue to workout, maybe even harder to try and “push through”… See point #3 

3 – Your energy will be non-existent.  Your mood will crash and you will HATE dieting and develop a particular fear of carbs. Also, forget results; not happening!

“Lord, take me now, that is no way to live!”

What is even scarier? Through years of talking to women, I have discovered that for a shocking number of you, as in 80%, this is your “normal.”

Mood swings? Yeah. Add PMS? Oh, negative BONUS! As you enter your 40’s & 50’s toss in some menopause hormone havoc for added “excitement” and need I say more?

Constantly starving yourself like this is the enemy.  Eventually, you will binge and then you will feel even worse and then maybe do it all over again.

HOW MANY CALORIES?

If I asked you how many calories you eat and you were to answer me off the top of your head, would you know? What’s that number? 1200? Lower? 1800? Higher? Which is the right one for you?  I am not asking you to count calories, I never have (okay, maybe once when I was in my early 20’s). 

If I ever needed to “dial it in” for a show, I had someone else do it for me because…

A: I hate it and B:  I had no idea what to do with the information anyway because it is quite scientific. That is another thing the meal plans in my programs do; everything for you!

If your day looks like this:

Breakfast, maybe. If at all; a slice of toast, a teaspoon of peanut butter and half a banana. Maybe even “healthier” a protein shake (which may potentially be full of unhealthy additives) with some kind of powder in it. Seriously?

Lunch. When; 7 hours later? What; a “low carb salad?”

Dinner. Going healthy! Dry as the desert chicken, steamed broccoli, no butter, of course, just a squeeze of lemon, and a thumb-size baked potato.

Where are we by now on our total? MAYBE 1000 calories? And you got this idea from where… My Fitness Pal, Weight Watchers or some other diet fad like Keto, Paleo?  How on earth can you function or train with any consistency without ever breaking out of this cycle?

In my next message, I am going to tell you how I ate, especially when I was younger in my 30’s and early 40’s and it will probably STUN you! I will also tell you a bit about how I keep it all in check now in my 50’s.

If you did figure out your calorie totals for a typical day and want to share that with me, just send me an email or leave a comment below.
It would help if you include your weight and age as well. 

Talk soon!

With poise and power, 

Susan

8 thoughts on “How You Are Killing Your Metabolism Pt 1

  1. I am 58 years old. I currently eat 1610 calories a day. Macros are 40% carbs, 30% fat and 30% protein. I lift weights 3-4 times a week and do steady state 3 times a week and intervals 2 times a week. Trying to loose 37 pounds, because I weighh 167 pounds. Would love to weigh 130.

    • Hi Rhonda! Thank you for posting. That weight should absolutely be budging with that kind of commitment and dedication from you. I can suggest that if you are lifting weights and separating body parts that you switch gears to total body cross training. I have a 30 day program that does exactly that and also has a meal plan based on BRM. Also, I am curious as to why you are eating specifically 1610 calories?
      Thanks
      Susan

  2. I am 5 foot 10. I WILL be 51 on June 14. I eat about 1800 a day..but it’s not all good stuff.
    Breakfast is fresh berries and a protein shake
    After workout is Greek yogurt with a cup of cereal mixed in
    Snack is a quarter cup of nuts n berries mix
    Lunch is usually something scrounged
    Snack is usually Greek yogurt or cottage cheese
    Dinner is whatever the hubs cooks but in moderation
    Snack is usually something sweet but just one serving.

    • Hi Lynette thank you for posting! I don’t eat clean all the time either 🙂
      Is the 1800 per day working ok for you?
      I didn’t see a good amount of complex carbs in your list of foods?

  3. So proud of you. You look amazing.so happy to see your workouts, I really enjoy them.I got the Miss Ecuador in bodybuilding back in93,94,95, I had lost all my muscles and got very flabby I got shoulder sergers two years ago I was in a car accident 5 years ago and ruined my health, I recently started working out again and I’m happy with what I have achieved in the last little while it’s not easy, but when there is a will there a way. I have five children and feeling better lately, keeping up with my six grandchildren which is very hard,I eat very well and I am addicted to but also my weakness is sugary goodies anyway I’d like to know what I can do for my sugar cravings.

    • Wow Dara what an amazing comeback among very difficult circumstances! I am so happy to hear you are back to training and doing well.
      Sugary cravings are usually tied to stress. Manage the stress and you will manage the cravings.

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