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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/5/13 10:35 A

When I see your meal plan, and read no carbs after 3, I am a little confused. Veggies, fruit etc. are in every meal, which are carbs.

Low carb isn't something that will work part time. If you aren't overeating, then you probably do not have an issue with carbs. However, if you are eating less than you are supposed to, then why did you get overweight at all? That doesn't happen by undereating. People lose weight in " starvation mode ", they just gain it back quicker when they resume eating.

I would suggest picking a plan, and sticking to it, as well as tracking, and sticking to the ranges. Personally, I would suggest low carb full time, but if you do that, first you need to read up on the subject, and learn what is and is not a carb.

On low carb , you would still have carbs at every meal, just less of them, and choose low glycemic carbs. Since the food is meat'fish/fowl, oil/butter, eggs, cheeses, beans, nuts etc., you find it easy to get your calories, but don't feel hungry if you do it properly, so don't overeat.

Low carb is not easy though, and easy to mess up, so if carbs are not causing you to binge, or eat an extra meal late at night, I would just stick with a regular diet, and plan out your day before you eat anything, and then eat exactly what is on your tracker.

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7/4/13 3:16 P

A peek at your tracker gives me the impression that you're going low carb as your nutrition plan. Now, this isn't something that I know a lot about, but what I do know about it is that it takes a fair bit of education in order to do it healthfully, and that even the most fanatical of those who choose this route still incorporate a fair quantity of vegetables. That last part is really important, as your body will be missing a lot of essential vitamins, minerals, and fibre if you skip the veggies. I suspect that it is this missing portion of your plan where your calories are dropping out.

I understand that there are a number of teams here on Spark for folks who follow various low carb plans, and those might be a good place for you to start finding others who have done the research already and can point you in the right direction to find information on the healthiest way to approach this.

Another thing you might want to do is read through a few pages of this message board and see if you can find a few posters who seem to be following a plan similar to yours. You can check their SparkPages to see if they have their nutrition trackers public (one of my favourite ways of getting ideas for meals) and drop them a note with any questions. Most of the folks who post here are open to helping out others who are starting on the path that they are on.

Sorry to not be of much help, but I hope this at least gives you somewhere to start with researching your chosen plan. Best of luck!

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7/4/13 2:33 P

I did take a look at your nutrition tracker.
Yes, you are very low on calorie intake some days, low on carb intake too. Most days you seem to be meeting protein needs.

Perhaps if you use the plate method for lunch and dinner it will help increase your calories and balance out your nutrition intake.

Take your 9 inch plate and imagine dividing it into quarters.
Cover 1/4 with that lean protein/meat
Cover 1/4 with a healthy, high fiber, whole grain: whole wheat pasta, brown rice, whole grain roll, tortilla, etc
Cover 1/2 your plate with fruits, veggies, salad, etc.
Add on a glass of skim milk, or calcium-fortified dairy alternative.

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7/4/13 7:21 A

The others have given some good suggestions.

I note on your SparkPage that you have 'no carbs after 3' - just be careful that you don't ditch too many carbs because they are still very important.

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CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
7/4/13 5:44 A

good fats (coconut oil, fatty cuts of meats, salmon)
a few nuts thrown on your salad, perhaps

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7/4/13 1:04 A

Any fatty cut of meat or dairy product such as: eggs, cheese, chicken wings, salmon, bacon, ground chuck.

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7/3/13 11:03 P

add more vegetables you can
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7/3/13 10:10 P

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7/3/13 9:51 P

I been tracking and realizing that I been under my calorie goal emoticon and so i been trying to higher it by eating more stuff witch wasn't a good idea whats healthy that has high calories and /or protein with low carbs that I could add to my diet or give me any ideas you have to help me please. emoticon

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