Taran knew she had to make a lifestyle change that would be sustainable long-term, and she began following the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) style of eating. "I started using a TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) calculator online and after about three months, I started getting BodPod testing
(which measures your body composition)and metabolic testing completed at my local Army Wellness Center."
These tests allowed Taran to see her body fat percentage, lean mass, basal metabolic rate (BMR), and when providing her activity levels, they indicated the number of calories she needed to lose weight.
"I started out in 2017 eating about 1,890 calories daily, and over time my BMR has adjusted with my weight loss, and I am eating about 1,670 daily now." Taran tracks her activity during the day, and she'll eat a couple hundred fewer calories on rest days.
When she began her journey, Taran was eating a typical omnivore diet. But after about six months of losing weight and working out consistently, she transitioned to eating plant-based. "It was a decision I made for my health, and I could instantly see a difference in the way my body felt daily. After learning more about a plant-based diet – the environmental impacts and ethics behind it – I was convinced it was the way of eating for my own personal beliefs and health, and have been eating a plant-based diet ever since."