Let me get a clear picture of where I’m beginning (sigh, again). These numbers look sadly familiar from 2006.
- Height: 5’3″
- Weight: 148#
- BMI: 26 which puts me in the healthy range
- BodyFat: about 30% (the edge of healthy/overweight)
To track my progress, I am using a couple high tech improvements that I didn’t use last time:
- BodyBugg. Slip this on to get a honest read on my activity and caloric burn.
- Calories Counter. A simple app on my Android. My phone is always with me. So I don’t have to remember what I eat and then add it when I get back to my computer. It has nice features- it will read the barcode of most foods that I buy at the store and automatically add the data to my food intake.
Yes, it would be nice to only use item for the entire program- but BodyBugg doesn’t have an Android app (they DO have an iPhone app, I understand).
I went to NutritionData (as it’s available for free to anyone online).. filled out their nutrition calculator. The suggestions were right in line with what I get everywhere:
|Your Recommended Ranges|
|Carbohydrate: 45 to 65% of total Calories|
|Fat: 20 to 35% of total Calories|
|Protein: 10 to 35% of total Calories|
Pretty safe recommendations here -and a pretty wide variation. My personal aim is to get my carbs right around the 45% mark- with almost all of those coming from vegetables and fruit. Protein at the 35% mark will leave me with fat at 20%.