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February 9th, 2005
Eat More!

Today my personal trainer measured my RMR (resting metabolic rate). This is the rate at which I burn calories doing nothing (sitting, sleeping, etc). After looking at some example food journals (adding up calories for what I ate, say, yesterday and the day before) we concluded that I’m not eating enough.

Yes Folks, a fat person who needs to eat more to lose weight. The idea is to eat more healthy snacks to the tune of about 300-400 calories a day – like carrots with some cottage cheese or some dried fruit, or some nuts… I also have to quit this terrible habit I have of skipping meals entirely. I get hungry, but it’s really easy for me to ignore it if I’m busy or involved in something (like reading) so I just skip it entirely.

Human metabolism is truly complex and not simple at all. Looking at how many calories I eat versus how many my body wants to burn each day, you’d think I’d be skinny. But no, it’s not nearly as simple as that. How much muscle you have must come into play as well as how much activity you get. That’s all I can figure. I also think that’s why diets fail.

But anyway, I need to stock up on nuts and dried fruit and baby carrots and peanut butter. I need to learn to snack, which will be hard because I’m just not a snack person. I learned to cut out all extraneous non-meal foods years ago, but that isn’t an effective technique for what I’m trying to do here.

I decided I want to be a size 16 by August. Once I get started, watching the numbers on the scale go down each week starts to get really appealing…

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