Is dieting right for me?
March 1, 2010 8:25 PM Subscribe
Last week I got the brilliant idea to lose a little weight, so I'm not quite so self-conscious at the beach and clothes will fit me more like I want them to, etc. etc.. but man, this weight loss stuff is weird and hard to understand! Can you help me figure this out or offer any advice?
posted by little_c to health & fitness (37 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
The usual stats: I'm female, 26 years old, 5'2", 125-129 pounds (or so the scale at the gym says), and I've got a small frame (scrawny wrists and little feet).
I know I'm not overweight, my BMI is in the normal range. But I've always had this doughy little ring around my hips and stomach, and similar on my upper arms. I'm a little ashamed at how vain it seems: my stomach stretches shirts more than I like and I've got wide hips that put me out of proportion. I even feel stupid typing this!
I work out at the gym three times a week, 30 minutes at a time.
I love the Hacker's Diet, but I'm starting to think that just maybe, I'm not it's audience. All the Basal Metabolic Rate calculations confuse me so I can't even figure out how many calories I should be taking in, much less how many I took in on an average day in the past (I can't even recall what I ate most nights last week).
I've felt in such a funk today because I've been so conscious of just 1 DAY'S worth of how many calories I'm eating. It seems too annoying to keep up the kind of calorie counting and reducing advocated in the Hacker's Diet, when I only want to trim down slightly.
I've never done any kind of conscious dieting in my life, so this is all new, weird territory for me. The only time I lost weight on a "diet" was last summer when I spent a week in India eating delicious food every day only to be struck by food poisoning on the very last night. I spent the next week getting nauseous at the mere sight of solid food. I don't recommend this diet.
Help? Are my mushy stomach and cushioned hips just the way my body goes? Is it even worth it to count calories when I'm already at a pretty normal weight and only want to lose 5-10 pounds? I eat fairly healthy already and am moderately active.