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How to Lock In Your Loss After a Correction Day, and Get Back on Track: Ch. 1

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HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR NEW DAILY CALORIC LIMIT
My previous calorie load that I'd been stabilizing at just fine during the first week of P3 was 1900 to 2000 calories. That was before I ate too late, ate WAY to much protein, and didn't drink enough water and caffeine -- it was a bad day. That's why I gained, and had to do a correction day. Unfortunately, I chose to do a Steak Day first, and it was a disaster. But, the good news: out of that horrible day, and my body's seemingly endless quest to regain and continue to gain weight after that, I discovered both the Chicken Thigh Day correction day method and this Post-Correction Day strategy to lock my successful Chicken Thigh Day (correction day) weightloss in.

My LIW was 122.6, and that's where I ended back up at after my Chicken Thigh Day success (which was a total surprise to me!). So, to train it to be at this LIW weight once more and to keep it there again, I looked for a calculator to use that I felt I could trust.

And because my body was in such a delicate state being in P3 to begin with, I wanted to treat it gently. I used the "sedentary" setting as my activity level, and entered in all my other information. It came out to be 1425 calories as all I should consume for my Post-Correction Day Daily Caloric Limit. Of course, "Post-Correction Day Daily Caloric Limit" is terminology you won't see on the screen there; it's just going to tell you what your calories should be, maximum, to maintain your weight (to not lose any more weight). Maintaining your weight is your goal now. Do not use any other calorie total on this screen you'll see except the one that states the amount of calories you'll need to maintain your weight.

So remember, when calculating your Post-Correction Day Daily Caloric Limit, use this calculator, and choose the sedentary setting. Link here: http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html

SILLY RULES
I've heard before that there's a way to calculate one's ideal daily caloric limit (some call it a "calorie ceiling," meaning no more calories than this) by multiplying their LIW with the number 11 (if they're a female). And in this same breath, the person who created this rule says someone needs to not go below 1500 calories. Now, I can tell you with absolute certainty that whomever it was who thought this ridiculous rule up was not thinking of short people when they made this rule. The "ceiling" for my weight with this calculation is 1348.6 calories. BUT, if I'm not to go above that number....how to I also honor the other tenet of this rule, which is to not go below 1500 calories? Again....whomever thought this ridiculous rule up is not thinking of short people. Because their little calculation strategy doesn't apply to short people.

And for anyone out there thinking, "I bet she's underweight!" I have to tell you that that thinking is way off. My BMI is 22.1, and that's 19.6 lbs above what is the lowest weight I'd need to be at to still be considered within healthy range (103.0, which is a BMI of 18.5). So I know my weight is healthy for my height. So, the weight I'm at is not unhealthy in the least. Once again, my BMI is 22.1, which works out to be 19.6 lbs above the lowest healthy weight for my frame.

This 11xLIW idea is bunk, in my humble opinion. If you used that rule previously to set your calorie range....throw it out. You'll need to use the calculator I recommended for your new Post-Correction Day Daily Caloric Limit anyhow.

You'll eventually increase your intake to a more "normal" caloric limit, along with your carbs, but that will come later. I'll be covering that in a separate blog entry (chapter).

I'm restricted from posting more than a few characters of text at a time. So rather than skimp on details, I've decided to split this strategy up into several mini-posts. Think of them as "chapters," in a manner of speaking. Each point in the summary (first listed in the "Introduction") will be covered in a separate chapter, numbered according to the sequence listed.

NEXT BLOG ENTRY: What percentage of your Post-Correction Day Daily Caloric Limit to use at each meal, during the first two days (Ch. 2)

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Updated September 15th, 2012 at 06:21 PM by GonnaLoseIt

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