I've finally gotten tired of slowly turning into a blob of lard, and started dieting. Been at it for about 2 weeks and pretty happy with the incremental progress so far, but realize that it'll get progressively harder and the gains will get smaller and smaller as I [hopefully] get closer to my target weight. I'm looking for advice to see if I'm going about this smartly or setting myself up for burnout/failure.
My typical diet consists of:Breakfast
: Protein of some sort. Either a couple eggs, or half a dinner left over from the night before. Glass of orange juice. Altogether around 400-800 calories.Lunch
: Lots of salad. Almost a half-pound of lettuce, celery, carrots, and tomatoes just to make the stomach feel full. No dressing, cheese, egg, etc. Total 30-70 calories.Afternoon Snack
: Handful of trail mix (Nuts, raisins, couple m&ms) and/or piece of fruit. 100 - 200 calories.Dinner
: Half serving of restaurant meal (eg. 1/2 Chipotle burrito, 1/2 stuffed potato, or 1/2 chicken/broccoli/steamed rice meal) Calories vary between 400 - 800.
I'm trying to cut out sodas and late-night snacks entirely.
Shooting for total calories between 1300 and 1800 per day.
Along with that, I'm trying to exercise 45 min 3 times/week (3 mile warm up at slow pace and 20 min circuit training on nautilus equip.
For the most part, this seems to work for me so far. But I do occasionally get warnings onhttp://www.myfitnesspal.com
that not consuming enough calories will put me in 'starvation mode' and make me lose weight slower. I feel like I'm getting enough so far, and don't think I'm losing energy on my workouts. But I don't want to over-do it and then completely over-react in the other direction with binging either. I tend to be an all-or-nothing guy.
Is this a reasonable regime to follow, or will I find it too hard to maintain after another couple weeks? I'm hoping that if I stick with it long enough I'll fall into a pattern and it'll get easier instead of harder. What are your suggestions?