I gained weight during lockdown and have just started lifting weights again. I'm 4 weeks in to working out 4x per week and have lost 1lb so far. I'm 164lbs and 5'9" as of today.
5 years ago I got down to 157lbs eating 1,800 calories per day for 6 weeks. This time around I'm really struggling and often end up eating slightly more than 2,000 calories a day. Last week I ate around 2,240 calories per day and maintained my weight.
I can't decide whether it's a lack of motivation this time around or whether I'm just craving food during the day as I've picked up bad habits whilst working from home (constant snacking on chocolate, toast and fizzy drinks).
My goal weight is 155lbs. I worked out if I'm 20% body fat, I'd be 15% body fat at 155lbs and if I'm 15% body fat, I'd be 10% at 155lbs. I've not idea what I am at the moment but I'd like to get a flatter stomach.
This week I'm aiming for 1,800 calories per day with a break from dieting on Wednesday and Saturday were I'll just eat around maintenance.
To hit my calories I'll be eating:
Breakfast: Protein shake mixed with banana (300 cals)
Lunch: Chicken sandwiches (500 cals)
Snack: Protein shake mixed with apple (300 cals)
Dinner: Meat, Veg, Pasta or Rice (600 calories)
Maybe one 50 calorie fizzy drink or small 100 calorie chocolate bar.
Hopefully I can get one good week in. Anyone else in the same boat?