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KNUCKLES145 Posts: 16,055
6/4/13 6:55 P

my first question is are you sure you are measuring correctly. When I thought I was under on calories, I actually wasn't. I wasn't measuring correctly

that said, adding healthy fats (such as olive oil, nuts, avocado) are a quick and easy way to increase your calories

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6/4/13 6:07 P

Bunnykicks I agree with your strategy. I too have found in the past that when I count calories I end up not eating enough of them, which is weird because when I don't track my food I eat far too many calories. But having a good breakfast in the morning usually helps set you up for the day. 300 cals per meal and 300 for snacks can work quite well.

GYMMAN59 SparkPoints: (75,783)
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6/4/13 5:08 P

Thank-you Kelly for all your help,I am 54 been with Sparkpeople since 2007,I journal my food, and write the calories next,usually 1300 -1400,I weighed myself Friday at 168, slighty obese per BMI,not to confuse the issue,I have an intake 680 calories so far today and at gym,used 230,which I may take a 100 calorie snack with me,however I usally do not add my calories.Back to the Drawing board for me.Thank -you so kindly for all so help..Have a Great Day.

Sincerely Jim

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6/4/13 2:47 P

Here is a great article to help you reach your daily totals.

Be well,

OBIESMOM2 SparkPoints: (240,753)
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6/4/13 2:27 P

can you add in some healthy calorie dense foods? Cheese, nuts, avocado, peanut butter, etc.

EMMYERS76 SparkPoints: (10,444)
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6/4/13 2:19 P

I wish I had that problem. It seems to me, I am usually at the higher end of my caloric daily intake. Maybe that is why the weight is coming off soooooo slowly. Anyway, I like the suggestions already made.

I_HEART_MY_FAM Posts: 1,809
6/4/13 1:56 P

I go with a nice healthy breakfast ,and then a big lunch, then my dinner is light and there is room for a snack about 6 or 7ish. Lunch is my big meal, my spicy or savory tasting, more fattening meal of the day. This works for me.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/4/13 1:52 P

This seems to be a somewhat common issue when people initially switch to "healthy eating."

In my case, I just didn't trust that 1200 calories would get me through the day, so I'd be inclined to go really skimpy at breakfast and lunch, to be sure I had tons of "room" to tide me through dinner/evening. But then I'd end up with more "room" than I needed, and it could be actually difficult to reach that 1200! I dealt with this by taking a leap of faith and increasing the size of breakfast/lunch, trusting that 400-600 calories really WOULD be enough to get me through the evening.

The other thing that happened to me occurred when I switched from a heavily refined-carb junk-food diet, to eating much more fresh fruit and veg, complex carbs, good lean protein and virtually zero refined sugar/white flour. When eating really "junky" I ALWAYS felt sooooooooo hungry! It just seemed to burn off, leaving me ravenous, no matter how many calories I poured in. When I cut that out and ate properly, I didn't get ravenous anymore!

I would recommend, if you are "skimping" on early meals - stop that, eat a bit more at breakfast/lunch. If you are relying on "diet" versions of foods (zero-fat yogurt, lo-fat cheese, diet salad dressing, etc.) try using a bit of the "real thing" instead. (tastes better, is more satisfying, and see? you have room to "splurge" like that, right!).

If you don't make 1200 on ONE day, no big deal. But please don't make a habit out of it. It doesn't speed up weight loss, and in fact consistantly staying too far under your body's caloric requirements tends to backfire by teaching your body to become ever more efficient. You don't want that!

ANGIR12 SparkPoints: (119)
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6/4/13 1:37 P

Ughhh, I am way under my calorie count at the end of the day, But I am so stuffed by the time 6 or 7pm rolls around... Any suggestions? Is it bad that I am not meeting the 1200 calories? please help


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