Seems like a lot of people on the forum are quite well read when it comes to weight loss and I was hoping I could pick your brains to aid me in my weight loss plans!
Over the past 2 weeks I have been increasing my exercise routine to approx 5-6 times per week, alternating cardio and weight classes. I burn around 300-700 calories each time depending if its treadmill day or Body Pump night. For almost 2 weeks now, I've also been keeping an eye on my food intake and consume around 1000-1200 calories a day. On a naughty day I probably would consume ~1400-1500 cals?
Breakfast: 1 muesli bar.. varying brands ranging from 120-150 cals per bar
Lunch: 1 tuna can (~85-95g), 6 slices of corn thins... totalling around 250-300 cals per lunch
Dinner: Lite n Easy/Weight watchers/Healthy choice frozen meals... ranging from 280-310 cals per dinner
Snacks: 2 slices of corn thins/an apple/a mandarin/a cup of grapes/1 muesli bar (I don't have snacks that often but I'm trying to eat between meals! really hard to though at work)
Anyway, reading some posts on the forum just a few minutes ago... should I actually be eating more food since I'm exercising more? So that my body doesnt go into 'starvation' mode. Of all the food groups, I believe protein is what I should focus on... but what sort of protein should I be eating? It seems like proteins contain a lot of calories so I don't really know how to gauge this. I'm thinking I need to invest in a kitchen scale. And if you cook meals yourself, how do you take into account all the sauces/seasonings that are on the food? Oh, I'm a 25 yr old female weighing ~77-77.5kg (fluctuating in that range these few days
) if that helps..
On a different note... I've been slowly increasing the duration of my runs but I'm finding that when I start runs, my knees are a little sore.. they get a bit better once I'm running past 1.5mins or so and they're fine otherwise (when I'm walking, standing, sitting etc). Is the soreness similar to that of muscle aches after exercise and its simply the knee muscles (?) breaking and repairing?
Thanks sooo much for reading my lengthy post.. I really appreciate all the help/suggestions/comments