If "tummy" didn't matter and it was all based on legs, I'd be dead sexy. Just kidding.
35,839. This is the amount of calories my Garmin says I have burned in the last 30 days, which I have further reduced by 30% because I don't trust my Garmin. This doesn't include swimming or lifting, but as a point of reference I swam about 14,000 yards and spent about 4 hours in the gym in the last month.
Sounds like a lot, yeah? Well I would think it is, except I have not lost any weight in two months. By the way, I'm 6'0, have a big build, and currently weigh 215. I'd like to get down to 200.
According to the Harris-Benedict calorie formula, I need to take in 3364 calories a day to maintain my current weight based on the amount of training I do. To be honest, I haven't been counting calories. I didn't think I needed to, as I think (or I hope) that I eat pretty much on the right side of OK. For example, this is what I had today -
Breakfast - 1 packet of instant oatmeal w/ 1 tablespoon of peanut butter; 8 oz orange juice; 4 strawberries.
Mid Morning Snack - 1 Clif Bar
Lunch - Turkey sandwich with 1 slice of real cheddar cheese and mustard on wheat bread; small bowl of Kashi crackers (15?)
Afternoon Snack - 1 Clif Bar
Dinner - 10 oz grilled tuna steak; 1 medium baked potato; 1 corn on the cob.
Dessert - 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Plus: sparkling water, NUUN on the bike, a serving of Fluid recovery drink, 2 cups of coffee and a diet coke.
For training, I rode my bike just over an hour at a high intensity, and did a 45 minute open water swim at a medium intensity. It's more or less like this almost every day.
Now I'm sure every single one of you has already zeroed in on the dessert. I wouldn't be surprised if you did and that may very well be the problem. I hope not though, because I love ice cream.
At this point, I'm basically lean except for what's left of my love handles and a little bit on the sides of upper body under my arm pits.
I'm not complaining, because I've come down from 290 pounds. But I'm in for a penny, in for a pound (pun intended), and I would love to be the fittest 40 year old on the block.
Does anyone have any insight? Feel free to berate me for the ice cream or indulge me in whatever science you've got.