I have a problem, again.....
I am on a diet where I want to lose 10 to 30 pounds ( 5 ft 8, 150 pounds) and I eat 1350 NET calories according to mfp, 500 less a day. I make the deficit almost only by moving more and exercising (running).
BUT as a week passes by, I have a -3500 deficit which makes me soo damn hungry that I just eat and than I realise that I have eaten 3748 calories in a day from pork chops, nuts and avocados. So I minimize that deficit and I dont have the motivation to work out with such a full stomach on the bad day. And over the next days I actually totally get rid of the deficit I made a week ago.
This cycle repeats and repeats and repeats. I wanted to do water fasting: couldnt last a day. I tried to cut nuts: cant because I learn in the library from 8 am till 22 pm every day and just need something small, dense and cheap, that doesnt require cooking to keep me. I know i make many things wrong or am just impatient, but I dont know what to do. I must cut 70 000 calories or even 100 000 calories off my body in order to achieve the physique I am aming for and I just cant sustain a 2000 deficit. I am sure at least one person has or had this problem. What did you do? How to cope maintaining the deficit I made ( my shedule is pretty stressful as you guess, I am a law student) and lose more?
Smalled deficit a day?
P.>S. I cant afford going to the gym, so I cant lift weights for now.
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I don't want to come off as rude, but I have been experiencing the same hopelessness to change lately as well.
My advice is to stop making excuses, which sounds rude but honestly, there is always a way to change and improve yourself, you just need the correct mindset.
Cook lunches the night before, or several meals for yourself if you're truly stuck in the library all day. Boil eggs, bring canned fish or cut veggies and maybe a smoothie or something filling and easy. Are you a student? Is that why you're in the library, or do you work there? If you can't afford a gym, go outside and work out. Run, sprint, box jump, burpee your heart out. However to do these things consistently you need to change your mindset. Challenge yourself. I am experiencing this same problem and lack of motivation. Work to improve yourself. Start today. In a year, in a month, hell - even next week, you will be closer to your goal once you get up and DO yourself the favor. I have been telling myself: "I am not in collegiate cross country shape anymore - what am I going to do about it?"
Don't make excuses. If you want to track calories, do it, but focus your energy on taking positive, progressive steps in health rather than spending your energy trying to micromanage every detail or chew on the negatives. We won't be different in a day, or five days, it'll take weeks. But set a goal, a time frame, and work towards it, don't give up.
Undereating & overeating cycles… that's eating disorder territory. Focus on normalizing your eating patterns first. Also prioritizing a proper diet, activity level and stress management. The whole "I'm in law school and study from 8am to 10pm" line is bullshit. Go home, cook a meal, eat it. Go for a 30 minute run. Meditate. Yes, that will eat into your law school studying frenzy, but you'll be better off for it.
I so agree. I do not count calories at all. Are you gaining weight? I think it would help if you ate small amounts every two to three hours. This keeps you from getting really hungry!!!!