I am almost 49, and am just beginning a slow weightloss plan , and I'm sure I'll be 50ish when I finally arrive at my goal. I have discovered that my lifestyle for my entire adult life was gaining weight slowly (as I periodically lost weight and cleared the red, just to gain slowly again). I want out of this, and to change my lifestyle for a maintenance I can live with . I am only now 48, but realize when I finally get through the rollercoaster, I will be in my fifties, and I realize the older we get, the more careful we have to be about what we eat. The bottom line is, I am going to try something that I've not heard about before. I'm calling it the Drift Diet, or Maintenace Lifestyle...
. What I plan to do is to use the maintenance requirements for the goal weight I want to be
, plug that in, call it my lifestyle, and drift toward it. By the time I reach my goal, I will have gotten a year or so practice living that maintenance too already. Sounds simple, doesn't it?
For instance; I have been gaining weight into obesity through my forties, am now 182ish (down from 184) and likely eat well over 2000 calories daily on average. I looked up the calorie requirements to maintain a 135 pound body at 50 years old, and came up with a good round number of 1700 (see results below) for walking 5 times a week. I know that some days are more sedentary than others, but that's a good round for now, given that i am going to push walking 5 days a week, and be more active with chores etc.
RESULTS - GUIDELINE ONLY -- (calculated for female , 135lbs at FiftyYearOld. I am now 49yrs and 182 pounds, wanting to lose about 45-50 lbs over time).
Maintenance for 135lbs: 1736 Calories/day
Fat Loss from 135lbs: 1389 Calories/day
Extreme Fat Loss from 135lbs: 1080 Calories/day
My big question is, do you think 1700 calories per day sounds about right for any other moderate weight loss program ?