Am I eating too little on this diet? Or exercising too much?
January 21, 2014 3:42 PM Subscribe
I've been really good about sticking to my diet in 2014, but now I'm worried that I may be eating too little and worry I'm burning muscle instead of fat.
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I'm a 31 year old female. I'm 5'6 and I started at 158 lbs at the beginning of the year and now I'm down to 154. My goal is 143.
I've been religiously recording everything I eat and wearing my fit bit. My goal is to eat between 1,100-1,300 calories a day. Taking into account cheat days, on average I am eating a little over 1,300 calories a day. I'm eating approximately 50% carbs, 30% carbs & 20% protein. I also am having a glass or 2 of wine about 3 or 4 times a week (I record everything I drink in My Fitness Pal). I'm mostly eating non-processed foods I make at home, however I eat a lean cuisine for lunch about 3 times a week. Other than that not a whole lot of processed food.
According to my Fit Bit I am burning on average a little over 1,900 calories a day. Although my Fit Bit won't necessarily take into account all forms of exercise so it may be higher than this.
I am also doing Jillian Michael's 30 day Shred on average 5 days a week (25 minutes of circuit training) and on average I am walking 3 miles a day.
While bizarrely I haven't been particularly hungry or had a lot of cravings, I haven't been sleeping well and have been somewhat low energy. Although, I have also been getting over a cold and work has been super stressful. My workouts have been so-so and some days I've barely been able to finish. My lack of sleep and pretty much constant anxiety riddled dreams are really what has me thinking I'm doing something wrong. However, I am prone to anxiety and nightmares in general. So the dreams and anxiety may have nothing to do with my diet.
I intend to stay on this diet, maybe with some brief breaks, for probably at least the next 1-2 months. After initially losing 2 lbs quickly (probably due to water weight), I've been losing about a 1 lb a week, maybe a little more.
I realize starvation mode is a myth, but as far as I know burning muscle instead of fat isn't and obviously I want to be burning fat. I haven't felt horrible, but I also feel more tired, anxious and slightly depressed. The trouble sleeping and bad dreams are really my primary issue though. Am I eating too little? Or not enough protein? Exercising too much?
I'm really trying to commit 100% to this diet so get the weight off as quickly as is reasonable and healthy to do so and so I'm trying to avoid doing anything to slow down my progress to less than 1 lb a week.