A few months ago I made the decision to get a personal trainer to help with my healthy lifestyle goals. As is typical, we had a discussion about nutrition and exercise at our first meeting. One thing we discussed that I wasn’t familiar with was learning my ‘Calorie Maintenance Level’.
It didn’t sound that important at first (just more diet and nutrition stuff) but for some reason I was paying attention, made note and decided to investigate further when I got home. Thanks, Google! You can read more about it at: www.acaloriecounter.com.
But if you’re not into the research thing like I am – here is a (very) brief summary:
In order to reach your goal; whether the goal is weight loss, fat loss or muscle building it’s important to know where you are starting from. Your calorie maintenance level will tell you that. Once you know this number it will be much easier to calculate and successfully reach your goal –and in the most efficient manner possible.
Think about it this way. If you were about to embark on a road trip, you wouldn’t just jump in the car, start driving and hope to get there. Yes, you might end up at your destination but it might also take you a really long time to get there. Enough said!
The key take-away point to all of this is: whenever we’re trying to eat healthy, or get into better shape there is a tendency to WAY over estimate the value of our efforts assuming that EVERY effort is a MAJOR one on our part; when in fact, this is (usually) never the case. And, as expected, this will only lead to disappointment and disillusionment when our goals are not immediately met.
So, if you’re really serious about achieving a new healthy lifestyle goal – do yourself a favor and find out what your ‘calorie maintenance level’ is – trust me, it will be an eye-opener – and will save you a lot of angst in the long run!
Now, believe it or not this blog post really isn’t about how to lose weight or gain muscle…it’s really about how this information can be applied elsewhere – with any goal.
It’s really easy to set goals. We get a great idea in our head about how wonderful it would be to accomplish A, B or C. We get excited and we plan. We’re confident we can achieve anything at this point.
And then reality hits.
But I don’t think it’s so much a problem of not following through as it is improper planning.
I think we set ourselves up for defeat from the beginning because we’re not honest about our starting point.
We tend to do the opposite of sandbagging – we exaggerate our credentials. Just like when we’re ‘calculating’ how many calories that Turkey-Melt sandwich has.
I think being honest with who we are and what we want to achieve in a reasonable time frame would help us more in the long run. No matter what the goal is.
Just something to think about.