I’m still here, running, training, nursing a bum IT band, but I don’t want to talk about that right now.
What I want to talk about is my new nutrition plan. For the past several years, I have been using MyFitnessPal to stay pretty close to 1700 calories, as adjusted for the day’s workout. Though I have slowly lost a tiny bit of weight, it’s been pretty stagnant, even with my increased activities. Honestly, I’m frustrated by my body’s inability to lose fat. I see people who lose 50 pounds in a year (or less) and I want to scream! I have always been a super slow loser and my body fights me for every ounce.
Two weeks ago, I won a four week personalized nutrition plan with Max Muscle Sports Nutrition, Springfield as part of my Mom’s Run This Town chapter’s anniversary party. I was a little leery of changing my diet in the middle of marathon training but Corry, the owner, and Zach, the consultant with whom I would be working, were emphatic that this is a good time to make the change.
My initial consultation with Zach lasted an hour. He outlined the five “laws” that they follow: consume protein first thing in the morning, consume 10g of protein every 3-4 hours, don’t eat carbs alone (always pair with protein), drink 1/2 oz. of water per pound of body weight, and stay within 500 calories of your daily expenditure. He then took a body comp reading and went over my typical diet. Finally, he started plugging in numbers into his massive spreadsheet. Bottom line – I need to eat more, by A LOT! Huh.
I am on my third day and I am mentally having a tough time with this. This is a lot of food! I am struggling with the desire to add additional workouts. I’m also confused as to how to stay within 500 calories if my daily diet is an average of my exercise for the week. For example, I did not work out yesterday but I ate the same as I did today when I will run 4 miles. Yesterday I was within 500 calories but I will not be today unless I eat more. I obviously need to ask more questions!
I’m going to follow the plan and their advice, to the letter, for a month and then reassess. For the sake of transparency, I’m letting it all hang out here and will update each week. I already told Zach that I have very low expectations but he is certain that I will see results.
Basal Metabolic Rate: 1,629
Previous Calorie base: 1,720
Average Caloric need, adjusted for average exercise amount: 2,348 (with 186 g of protein!!)
Starting weight: 196
Starting body fat: 31.3%