I tend to eat about 100-300 calories over on most days but I am still losing (slowly to me but it averages out to be a normal loss; I used to go 1000+ over so to me, I'm accepting that range). I'm trying to lower my calories to be within the range but I'm not stressed about it right now. I'm just trying to eat better first.
I think it's ok to go over a little bit; I don't recommend going under 1200 too often though (once in a while is ok, but I wouldn't make it a habit).
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4/30/13 9:54 P
the range sparkpeople gave me was 1400-1800....though normaly i only eat 1300 but for instance yesterday i ate 2000.....most days i struggle to eat all the calories and make sure i monitor my protein and iron closely ...seems that i struggle with these daily and mostly low....i take an iron suppliment and protein bars all the time. but havent noticed anything bad otherwise. my diet is fully balanced.
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4/30/13 1:13 P
There are very occasional days when I eat under 1200. Usually it's keeping it under 1550 that can be tricky, but if I'm just not feeling well or for whatever reason just don't feel hungry, I won't force myself.
There are occasional days when I eat over 1550.
For the most part I try to keep inside of my range, but if it just happens that I don't hit it, I don't worry too much. I seem to be doing alright even with the occasional step outside the lines.
I doubt you'll do any real damage unless you eat below 1200 calories (which is the baseline for getting enough nutrition) more than once in a blue moon. I know the nutrition police would come after me for saying that, but the truth is, if you normally eat well and have one day super low, it won't hurt you. Just don't make a habit of it. The same thing goes with eating a ton of calories. Eating 3000 calories isn't recommended, but if you do it once, it won't hurt you (more than 1/3 of a pound anyway).
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4/30/13 7:51 A
I seem to have the same problem. Thanks for the information.
do the math. average out your cals and macros on a weekly basis and see if they fall in your ranges. it's possible that they may, in which case you're good. the only thing you need to watch out for is if you are eating 200 cals one day to balance out a 2400 cal day [because they do average out to 1300 cals], then you need to eat a little more on the low days and a little less on the high days. but if you really are talking 100-200 cals off, it's not something to worry about provided you are balancing it out. do keep a watch on those numbers to make sure that they don't get bigger or more frequent one way or the other.
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4/30/13 7:07 A
I'm wondering if anybody goes under the range on some days and over on other days, which I tend to do, which in my mind makes me think it all evens out in the end. Does anybody else do this and how does it work for you? Some days I'm hungrier or eat out, which makes my count high, and some days I just don't feel like eating as much as I need to to get all the calories in.
I've read about the cycling between the lower and upper ends of the range, but that's not what I'm talking about. I'm not doing this intentionally and I'm also talking about being outside of the range altogether. Not drastically outside the range, but maybe just by 100-200 calories.
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