Before losing any weight I went and had my resting metabolism calculated. Basically the result was that I could eat around 1500 calories a day and maintain that same weight. I get to add back in the amount of calories I work off training for triathlon. That could be any where from 300 - 1200 depending on the workout schedule for the day, usually 600ish.
I monitor the calories in order to lose weight, but also to make sure I have enough fuel to train for an endurance sport.
One of my goals this summer was to help the kids eat healthier. This morning I
Colossal power bar thingie
bottle of Muscle Milk
one Totino's pizza - the whole pizza, not a slice.
Cesar salad with chicken
Immediately after the pizza and salad he fixed himself a bowl of cereal I could swim in. I exploded. I told him it was no wonder there was never any food at our house and our grocery bill was more than our mortgage!! (Not really) I pointed out to him that it was 11:30 am and he was getting ready to exceed 2000 calories of food!!
I marched into the computer room ready to prove my point. I looked up the daily caloric needs for a 6'1, 255 pound 15 yo. (I had to look up 19 yo. They didn't have this information for that size of 15 yo.)
3350 - A DAY
3350 calories a day to main his current weight.
I read on. It also stated that for every hour of exercise a person of this size completes 600 calories should be added back in. Ty works out for two hours every morning with the football team, but I am only going to add 600 cuz I figure for some of that time they are getting instructions, or on a water break. Mostly I will not add 1200 calories back in because I just can't fathom it.
I asked him if he wanted to lose any weight and he said, "some". (His coaches have told him to trim some fat, but they don't expect to lose actual pounds while lifting so much weight. Just in case you thought I was encouraging my child to be obese.) To lose one pound a week would want to eat 2850 calories a day.
I can't even imagine.
No wonder our pantry is always bare and my wallet is always empty.
If could eat 3000 calories a day and not gain any weight, what would you eat?