After my band surgery, I had an immediate weight loss and then it stabilized and tapered...and I asked why...I was eating a lot more healthfully and much less than before the band. I kept with the 3 cups of high quality food, less sugar. But as I started tracking on myfitnesspal.com and started analyzing my habits, I realize that my body needs less kcals that the prescribed 1200kcals recommended. To lose weight I need to sustain a net kcal intake of about 1000kcal to lose 1-2 lbs per week...more if I'm exercising. I'm not trying to be eating disorderish or controversial...The band has just caused me to take a more personalized look at my body, my diet and my bodies requirements. One body is not the same as the next. Each body and lifestyle is so unique. For instance:
1) Job-my job and lifestyle is not strenuous, most of the time I'm on the phone, reading documents, writing documents or I'm sitting in meetings. This is different from a stay at home mom who is constantly on the go, running outside errands...or a postman who walks a route of 15 miles during the day.
2) Thyroid-I had a majority of it removed in December. I'm stabilizing my levels through medication. I feel as though my body is adjusting.
3) Age-I'm almost 47...as you get older, you need less calories for a variety of reasons.
4) Muscle Mass- I think I've lost a lot of since having babies...I'm trying to gain more muscle via strength training.
When I talk about 1000kcal, I'm talking about protein rich and healthy foods.
Thanks for listening!