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CYNDIRELLA1 Posts: 23
3/13/13 10:20 P

When I started eating a lot more veggies, especially the raw ones, I was the same way, hardly eating anything and stuffed full all the time. I asked my doc about it and he said to start taking gas-x because I've probably got a lot of gas in my stomach. Even though I wasn't burping, my body wasn't used to the veggies and created gas. I started taking it and it has since cleared up. And now when I started feeling like that I take a tablet and seems to clear it all up.
You could check with your doc and see what he/she has to say.

Edited by: CYNDIRELLA1 at: 3/13/2013 (22:21)
HOT4HUBBY SparkPoints: (770)
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3/13/13 9:27 P

thank you all so much for the tips and advice! I didn't even think about eating more healthy fats to get all my nutrients in... and still eat the same 'amount' of food! As far as the amount of water... it's alot. my job (military) doesn't let me snack and get away from my station pretty much at all, so i find myself just making sure i at least stay hydrated. But it looks like i'm going to have to make up for that in my breakfast and dinner to make sure i'm taking in more calories that i have been the past few days... i'm going to do some, well, most of the suggestions. i didn't think it would have that bad of an effect on my body, i'm so glad you guys were able to help educate me. thanks again! love this site!

TWALKER0475 Posts: 296
3/13/13 10:02 A

I think if you are falling in-range for all the nutrient requirements (protein, carbs, fats) then it is probably okay to be under by 100 or so calories. But it sounds like you are lower than that so I would probably try some of the suggestions you've already gotten...add some healthy fats, maybe a little less water, and try eating a meal or snack every 3-4 hours.

MOTTSIE Posts: 181
3/13/13 9:36 A

Perhaps try a glass of 1% milk before bed. Not too filling & good for you. I've heard it helps you sleep also.
Thats what I do when I'm under the range for the day.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
3/13/13 9:18 A

As a raw vegan, I eat lots of veggies. My salads have at least 7 servings. My smoothies have at least 4 and my juices have at least 6 different fruit and veggies. i sprout, I ferment, I juice and drink smoothies. To be honest sometimes I make my 1200 or more calories and sometimes I am under, but i always hit my nutritional requirements. i have a different site where I track my food, but I have hit all my requirements. As you know the veggies and fruit fill you up, but as everyone else said, you need to get your nutritional requirements in.

JENSTRESS Posts: 1,856
3/13/13 8:46 A

Everyone said it, but I think MissRuth said it best. If you are full on that amount, you should start adding fattier, more calorie rich foods to your diet. Make sure you eat breakfast. It seems silly, and a few years back I would have scoffed at all the people telling me this same thing, but I feel so much better now that I consistently eat this stuff. If you stay that far under, you will end up gaining weight, your body will get too used to such a low amount of calories!

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
3/13/13 8:27 A

others have said it well. you really need the calories suggested. a little under occasionally won't be a problem; consistently under will catch up with you.

If you're still in the military - I know from experience (I was, too) that you'll need those calories because of the energy you'll be burning. Even if you are not daily running, lugging knapsacks and the like; it is important to fuel your body consistently; and not just during periods when you're doing extra things.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (135,268)
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3/13/13 6:44 A

I had a peek at your Nutrition Tracker and must say that if you consider you have eaten loads of veges, then you must have eaten none to very few prior to this. Also, calorie consumption of 600-800 calories is NOT enough. You say you are full and that you are drinking loads of water! How much are you drinking? It is possible that you are overloading on fluid to the detriment of nutrition. Be guided by the colour of your urine - I am wondering if it is very clear? If so, reduce the amount of water and replace it with food.

The other thing I noticed is that you often only had 2 meals in a day. You really NEED to start eating regular meals, and AT LEAST 1200 calories per day and if you exercise or are active, then you will need more. There are many ways to do that. Have a handful of nuts and nibble on them. Good nutrition in there! Make a smoothie for a drink and include some milk powder and yoghurt along with the fruit. The fluid intake isn't JUST water! We get hydrated with other drinks and food too. The reason why water is emphasized with weight-loss is that a lot of people drink sodas and juice to hydrate, and they are high in calories. The water has NO calories and NO additives.

Below is a link that you will find helpful:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=593


Are you on any medication? If so, it would pay to talk with your Dr about this because sometimes SOME medications and some conditions (Depression being one) can cause a person to lose their appetite. Your Dr will be able to check to see if there is anything going on there which could be causing/adding to the problem.

Good Luck,
Kris

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 3/13/2013 (06:47)
MISSRUTH Posts: 3,669
3/13/13 6:14 A

If you don't eat your minimum calories, your metabolism will slow down to compensate, and you'll set yourself up for problems down the road-- the weight will not come off. And you're depriving your body of the nutrients it needs. You'll be low on iron or Vit D or a whole lot of stuff.

Where are you tracking your food? I took a quick peek at your Nutrition Tracker, but that's not where you're tracking it.

Some simple changes, to boost your calorie intake-- quit with the egg whites, and use whole eggs. If you're eating a large salad every day, cut down on the lettuce or other leafy greens some, and sprinkle on some cheese, throw some beans and nuts and avacado on there. So the volume of food remains approximately the same, but you're using more calorie and nutrient-dense foods. Nuts have a bunch of calories and healthy fat, for a rather small serving size volume-wise.

If you're using a lot of "fat free" type products and your diet is actually coming up low on fat grams every day, stop with the fat free and go to reduced fat or full-fat foods. Milk for example. Instead of skim use 2% or 1%. Or cheese. Fat free cheese actually has a lot of unpronounceable stuff added, to make it taste better and have that "mouth feel" of cheese. Skip it and go with a regular cheese instead. Instead of a zero-calorie salad dressing, make your own dressing with olive oil, vinegar, and herbs.

RENE176 SparkPoints: (52,666)
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3/12/13 10:48 P

Hi,

You MUST eat your minimum per day or your body will go into starvation mode. Your appetite may turn off, but you are stripping your body of needed nutrients. You feel like you are winning at the moment, but you are storing up trouble for the future. Just make healthy choices for completing your calorie minimums and you will feel even better! My sister drove down her metabolism (spelling?) doing that and now she is stuck with a sluggish body that won't wake up.

Good Luck!

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (7,136)
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3/12/13 10:14 P

I think it is fine to be under some days.

NIRERIN Posts: 11,974
3/12/13 9:19 P

spark lets you track around 70 or so vitamins and minerals, so start tracking a variety of those. that's where you will see what you aren't giving your body by eating so few calories.
now, if these are two really off days for you, it's fine to not sweat it. and by off days i am talking about this happening once every two or three weeks or less. if this is a daily thing, odds are that you're missing out on quite a bit of the vitamins and minerals your body needs to say nothing of the calories it needs to function properly.

and i'd also advise double checking the info that you are using [you can cross check with the containers things come in, or a site like nutritiondata.self.com for usda info for things that don't have nutrition labels on them] and make sure you're actually weighing and measuring to get that final calorie count. figure you should be getting somewhere around 2-3 servings of dairy, 2-3 servings of protein, 3-5 fruits, 3-5 vegetables and 6-11 grains [or spread out some of the grain servings to fruit and veggie servings if you prefer] for a total of around 16 servings of food a day, minimum. odds are you aren't getting anywhere near that on 700 cals.
if you're still that low, stop drinking so much water. drinking water can help you fill your stomach out for no calories if you are having a problem being hungry and at the top of your ranges, but if that is preventing you from eating enough calories it should go.

HOT4HUBBY SparkPoints: (770)
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3/12/13 8:52 P

Hi everyone! So i've jumped back into the swing of things after falling off the horse for a few weeks. I can honestly say that regarding sticking to diet/weight loss, this is the first time in my life that i'm actually proud of myself for keeping up with it! (not counting my 7 weeks in military basic training when i had no choice. lol) but i have a question... the SP site is saying that i should be consuming at the minimum 1200 calories a day and about 1500 max. However, yesterday I got to a little over 700 and was full, and today I've hit under 600 and I'm stuffed! It was all veggies, egg whites, WATER WATER WATER, and healthy choices. I'm not sure if I should continue eating just to reach my 'healthy' daily caloric intake, or if I'm completely full, if it's ok to stop for the day. Any help with this would great! I'm by no means at all trying to starve myself (Lord knows I LOVE to eat) but I feel like I'll explode if I eat another bite. Thanks!

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