If fewer calories are good, then even fewer calories must be better, right?
I was eating very moderately today, and decided to chart my calories. I've never charted calories before. I've been watching sodium levels, and for the last month I've been watching fat, but today I started watching calories, and it was very interesting.
I learned online that for my height and body structure, if I want to lose weight, I should consume less than 2,200 calories per day. I didn't know how that translated into what I was actually doing. I knew that it wouldn't allow for fast food meals very often, for instance, but to translate that into daily living? I was clueless.
I watched what I ate today and counted the calories and fat. I'm a little hungry right now, but nothing scandalous. I was prepared to just go to sleep and not worry about it. When I'm tired enough, I'll choose sleep over eating.
But then I got to wondering. How many calories do we need to survive and still function, with mental reasoning intact, etc? We discussed a week ago that we do need some fat in our diets in order to stay healthy - after all, the brain is made of fat - so I got to thinking, and I just looked it up online.
For a woman of my height, a diet of 1500 calories a day would be the minimum for full function.
Hmmm. So while it's good to be watching calories, we don't want to be too hasty to get rid of them. I don't know about you, but if I'm losing my ability to think and function in a healthy way, that's no way I want to live.
I pulled up my eating chart and added it up. I've had 1200 calories today. Hey, that's awesome on the not-pigging-out scale, but it looks like I should go have a little snack. Never thought I'd be encouraging myself to go snack. Of course, tomorrow I'll do the math before bedtime. :)