11 days into 28 day challenge!
I'm filling great at 33 years old! I started this journey at 203 lbs and in 11 days I'm at 192 lbs working weight and 190.0 When dyied out in the past couple mornings. I would like to hit that 180 mark and just asking little advise to get there. I've been eating right at the 1500 calories a day not really counting the burned off calories. I'm new to this calorie thing and weight lose stuff. Just kind of wondering if thats the right road to pursue. I was a little worried I wouldn't be in shape for hunting season, but im for sure after this 28 day challenge I'll be better then the past couple years. It's been a great adventure and my hiking time get better every time. I'm not really craving sweets or soda. Plus the money I've saved not eating out has alread paid for the 28 day challenge.
Thanks a bunch
It's great to hear you're having such positive results from the challenge thus far. The momentum of weight loss and health is exciting to keep alive!
For starters - there is a lot of general advice found online about calorie intake for weight loss/gain/maintenance. These figures take into account averages of human body size, metabolism activity, body type, activity level etc. We personally have found the intake of 1500 calories per day for a male of your size to be on the lean side of intake per day, and have seen great FAT BURNING results with higher calorie intake and a shift in training styles.
We recommend that you become less focused on the number of calories you are consuming each day, and more focused on where those calories are coming from. The principle goal of the 28 Day Challenge is to promote fat loss while supporting healthy muscle function and strength. Healthy, strong muscles are going to be difficult to maintain or develop with a restricted amount of calories. As a hunter, you want to be prepared for the heavy demands on the body.
Take a look at this article by Mark Paulsen from The Western Hunter magazine. It will shed some light on the issue of maintaining muscle integrity. Rest assured, you sound well on your way to being a leaner and meaner you this season. Given the time frame, you might be best served to focus more on the strength and performance gains you can make, and watch your fat-muscle ratio improve along the way.
Hope this helps Eric!