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BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,329
7/11/13 12:58 P

You might be eating a little more than you think... in the notes section of your tracker I noticed that on two or three recent occassions, you wrote down that you ate something (popcorn, chili, chips) that you did not actually track. The calories from those untracked items would very likely have put you at 1200 or more.

Incidentally, even when you don't know an exact brand or recipe, you can still add an item to your nutrition tracker - just choose some average entry from the database ("popcorn, no butter, 1 cup" or "chili with meat, 1 cup" - it won't be a perfect record but it will be more accurate than not recording at all!

RAVIETARLTON Posts: 25
7/11/13 12:50 P

I'm so glad I saw this. I was just about to ask the same type question. I find that since I've cut out the junk food, soda and am eating healthier that I'm not always meeting my recommended calories. Sometimes I find myself searching the pantry/fridge around midnight when I get home from work. Best of luck in your journey!

NHELENE Posts: 1,469
7/11/13 12:22 P

I took a peek at your tracker, and first of all, it looks like you've got some meals skipped and some really small portions tracked. For some of the days that looked like they are tracked a little better, it looks like you might be not eating enough fats.

Feel free to eat fuller fat versions of things like cheese, yogurt, and mayonnaise, and use butter and olive oil to cook, etc.


I think that overall it's much better to track your food after you've eaten, but this might be a good exercise for you:

Sit down and plan a menu for a few days at a time. Then track those foods ahead of time and check to see if you're really low on any macronutrients, and then decide where you can resize your portions or add something.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
7/11/13 11:49 A

A quick look at your trackers shows that you've been low across the board, but especially low on fat. Add half an avocado to your day, or some nuts, or olive oil, hard boiled eggs. Heck, you may even want to add the nutella, just be sure to have a reasonable portion and not ALL the nutella (it can add up quick).

Really make an effort to meet all of those macronutrients (carbs, fat, protein). You need those to fuel your body.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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7/11/13 11:42 A

I sure wish I had that problem!!l I would know how to fix it emoticon

DROPCONE Posts: 1,540
7/11/13 10:09 A

Definitely don't skip meals. Also, if there is anything that you regularly eat that is fat free go back to a fuller fat version. For instance, eat 2% cheese instead of fat free cheese. Use full-calorie meal replacement shakes (Ensure, not Slim Fast).

I also have a super hard time getting enough protein. In general, when I increase my protein, the calories increase because protein comes with fat (and increased calories) whether it's peanuts or steak. So you could try doing that, and it might sort itself out.

In my experience, it's actually eating more sugary/carby stuff that gets me fatter (weird, I know). When I increase my fat and protein, I have better luck controlling my weight. Good luck!

WADINGMOOSE Posts: 1,044
7/11/13 9:57 A

I wish I had that problem in a way. I plan my meals really well and I struggle to get it down to 1300-1500 calories. :) Maybe I'm just choosing foods that are too calorie dense.

If I had to add calories, I'd do it with nuts, avocado, cheese, milk, dressing on a salad or a smoothie.

CSIENK SparkPoints: (70,960)
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7/11/13 9:28 A

There are ways to add in more healthy calories. Here's a Spark article written by SparkPeople Dietician, Becky Hand that should help you. And a couple of my own:

- Add slices of healthy, calorie-laden avocado to a sandwich or salad
- If you're having an apple for a snack, add a tablespoon of healthy peanut butter
- Don't skip meals

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=593


Edited by: CSIENK at: 7/11/2013 (09:34)
PAY_FO10 Posts: 8
7/11/13 9:22 A

I am a very active person, I usually do some form of exercise almost every day. Some days it's just walking, but most days I am on the elliptical at home or running at the gym. I've read everywhere that if you are more active, you should be eating way more than the recommended 1200 a day. My problem is I usually can't even eat 1200 calories a day which is extremely bad, I know, I'm just not hungry. I can eat more than 1200 if I was to eat unhealthy food (like when I snack on pita and nutella) but even then, it's not much more over 1200 cal. I'm not sure how to add in extra calories without resorting to over-eating or eating unhealthy foods. HELP! :(

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