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JENNILACEY
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8/11/13 8:58 A

It takes some getting used to. It's difficult to give specific advice without seeing your nutrition tracker.

I like the plate method for starting out. Think 1/4 of your plate protein, 1/4 carbs and 1/2 vegetables or veg/fruit divided. This usually equates to 1 serving of meat or other protein source, 1 serving of carbs (pasta, rice, cereal, potato, whole grain, bread, etc..) and 2 servings of veg or veg/fruit.



DADISANGEL
Posts: 4
8/11/13 8:46 A

i am looking at doing a low carb diet. when i followed the rules, my calorie intake is only 800 calories a day and that is too low. so i redid my food plan and now it is 131 protein, 105 carbs, 37 fat. i don't know where i am going wrong if what i did is okay.



DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,556
7/5/13 9:49 A

To really give helpful tips for your specific situation---seeing your nutrition tracker would be needed. Let me know if you need the steps to do this. Then we can give ideas of what foods to add, what foods to eat less of, etc, etc to give you the balance you want.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist



BUNNYKICKS
Posts: 2,299
7/4/13 7:04 P

I had to make a serious effort to meet my minimum protein requirement. The more I worked at getting in that protein (without going over calories), the more it scraped away at the amount of carbs I would consume. I now get most of my carbs from fruit and veg.... or along with my protein (i.e. beans). I found that cutting WAY back on the "starchy carbs" (bread, rice, potatoes, pasta) helped me get my protein/carbs/fat in a better balance.



EMAVERICK
Posts: 7,229
7/4/13 6:44 P

Somehow including a lot of vegies in the diet helps. Stock up on frozen vegies, or quickly "steam" vegies in the microwave, or make main dishes that include vegies, like fritatas, casseroles, and chilli (has a lot of tomato at least). Take dinner leftovers to lunch the next day.



THECLASSICKAT
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Posts: 260
7/4/13 6:18 P

I sometimes have the same problem!



ICEDEMETER
Posts: 712
7/4/13 6:18 P

Hi Pamala!

You might find this article interesting:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=372


It outlines the ranges of carbs / fats / protein that Spark promotes as being healthy. The "ideal" shown on the Daily Feedback chart as 50/30/20 is just around the centre of each range, but there is still a lot of room for adjustments around them.

I wouldn't get your knickers in a twist about hitting exactly the 50/30/20 - that's just an easy guideline to give you an idea of about where to be.

Hope this helps!



PAMALALALA13
SparkPoints: (6,936)
Fitness Minutes: (5,522)
Posts: 39
7/4/13 5:35 P

I have learned that I can manage to stay within my calorie range, however, WOW do I have challenges with getting my carbs, fat and protein in balance! Tips? Insights?



 
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