If I eat more calories than I need per day to maintain my weight (maintain, not lose), I consider this to be overeating.
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Every night before I go to bed, I plug everything I'm going to eat the next day into my food tracker. That way I know if I follow it, then my whole day will work perfectly. Takes the thought out of it for me and makes it easier for me to be prepared for the day!
I always aim for the lower end of my calorie range in case I'm hungry for something more. So for me, I would say overeating is anywhere past half way between my calorie range. That's just for me though.
I would say the true answer for most would be anything beyond the highest range of your calories for the day.
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Anytime I fall out of the tracker range...there is a range for a reason-you need flexibility-but I fall out of my range, then I consider myself overeating. I don't stress about it-I sometimes re-evaluate what I ate and try to figure out where I could have made better choices, and sometimes I just know that I messed up and know that tomorrow is a better day.
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My food issues go back to early childhood: I first gained an enormous amount of weight at age 8, when my family moved to a different state and I got away from the person who violently sexually molested me on a weekly basis (in my child's mind, I thought my parents knew and allowed it).
I've lost and gained hundreds of pounds over the decades, finally gaining a more stable relationship with food when I started on SparkPeople in 2007. I've been through a lot since then - including the accidental death of my son - so the simple fact I HAVEN'T gained 100# or more is a huge success.
Keeping a balance between eating for health and eating for emotion is an ongoing daily challenge. When I think of "overeating" and "binging," it's not the amount of calories that make a difference. My emotions and thoughts when deciding what to eat, and while eating, are far more important.
Obviously, my weight loss is less than expected for being on Spark over six years (less than 10# a year on average); but I've embraced Spark's philosophy of looking long term, and creating a healthy lifestyle. I've made many consistent changes toward that goal, so I'm happy with my progress.
Well, my "spark range for weight loss" is 1200-1550... but if I go over 1550, I don't consider it "overeating" - I call it "a maintenance day."
If i eat above a "maintenance" range (i.e. very much over 2000), i'd call it "an overeating day."
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I have been eating the wrong things but staying in my calorie range. But I really want to be thinner in the next two months so I will eat the 12 to 1500 calories but without the donut I had ( no frosting cake) at church this morning. I am still about half way to my ultimate weight goal.
Edited by: MIAJOEB at: 11/3/2013 (14:08)
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That's such an individual thing. For myself I actually consider hitting the top of my suggested calorie range overeating. But I don't pay attention to only that. If my fat or carb consumption is too high I also consider that overeating. I have found that the longer I follow a healthy eating plan the easier it is for me to feel full. I go for high volume, low fat, low cal so I actually eat a lot fo food. That is what works for me.
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MIA I have had the exact same expereince. I ate between 1000 &11000 to lose 12KG at a rate of 0.5-0.7 Kg a week with quite a lot of exercise. Now I am nearing my goal I am moving into the recommended range of 1200 -1500. Over the 19 weeks I have been on diet I have never once gone over the 1500 range. I am 50 yo and I think that makes difference
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I keep being told on my tracker I am not eating enough calories. But I just have been on plateau so long I do not want to be there any more. I have lost 3 pounds FINALLY. I DO NOT BELIEVE WHAT THEY ARE TELLING ME . MY RANGE ALLOWS ME TO EAT ALMOST ANYTHING I WANT AND NOT BE HUNGRY. Sorry but I want proof that eating more sensible things will get me to loose weight.
overeating is eating more calories than you need. you could apply it to your loss ranges [like your spark ranges], but i would say it goes more hand in hand with your maintenance ranges.
i also think it's an average sort of thing as well. i frequently go through weird phases where i am not as hungry so i eat fewer calories, but then i have a day where i am a lot hungrier that tends to make up for it. i usually eat around 1800-1900 cals. but when i do that i'll only eat about 1500 or 1600 for maybe three days and then on the fourth i'll eat around 2800 cals and that makes up for it. it's normal for there to be some variance in how many calories you eat since you burn a different number of calories each day. anything under 1000 without extenuating circumstances [stomach bug, slept all day, etc] that was happening more than once a month i would consider undereating. but if it really just was an odd 500 cal day that is happening infrequently, i'd not bother worrying about it enough to name it undereating. when it starts happening with frequency is when you need to name it and deal with it.
I consider overeating to be the point where I am stuffed. If I was hungry, and decided to eat, then I would need the food. Some days that is 1800, others 2800. I try to balance out around 2000-2500, my self-imposed range. Most days, I am right on track at about 2100, but if I feel like I am " hollow ", I eat some macadamia nuts to get me another 300-500 calories.
The calories will change based on activity, but we all know what being stuffed feels like. That feeling, + the scale will let you know you are overeating.
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I consider anything 200+ over your calories range overeating.
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I *don't* consider eating above my Spark range, overeating. I consider eating above my TDEE to be overeating... by a considerable amount, greater than 200-500 cals. My maintenance needs are around the 1900 cal mark, so that would be eating anything above 2100-2400 cals. This would depend on my activity level in the days before or during the higher calorie day.
You are on a deficit in your Spark range. Normal eating would be eating around your TDEE (give or take a few hundred calories). We *are* under eating in our Spark range, that is after all, how you lose weight.
Overeating- greater than 200-500 cals above maintenance Under eating- less than 200-500 cals below maintenance
Anything in between would be a normal pattern of eating.
I am in my healthy BMI so creating a deficit of any more than 1 lb/week loss would be my cut off on how low I would eat. Anything less than 1400 cals. I don't mind averaging my calories for the week. As long as my calories average out to a minimum of 1400-1500 cals for the week, that's fine. So I could eat a few days at 1200 cals (which would be torture and I'd never want to dip that low, been there and wouldn't put myself through that again) and I could eat a few days at 1450 cals and a few days at 1650 cals. Which would give me an average of 1450 cals = 1 lb loss for the week. I cannot rigidly stick to a single calorie intake. There are days I am hungrier than others, particularly after training heavy. I usually eat 3 lower cal days and 1 high cal day every 4th day.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/20/2013 (07:37)
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I consider it overeating if I am busting my SP calorie budget on any particular day. I have mine adjusting to my activity level so it varies greatly, from around 1200-1550 on inactive days to 2321-2671 on very active ones.
I am TERRIBLE at consistency; today, for example, I'm under, though I haven't been hungry. Some days I fly over it. Anything more than, say, 200 calories over the limit I feel bad about. It happens maybe once every week or so. If I beat myself up about it, I'll backslide, so I have to be optimistic.
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If you are using sparks, it is a range of calories -- mine is 1200-1500 per day.
Because I have a range, I try for 1300 per day, but then if i eat more that day, it's not over eating, if it is under 1500.
If I'm eating over 1500 "once and a while". (less than once per week) I don't really worry. Everyone has bad days, or days when they ate out, or whatever.
it's if it becomes once a week or more that you will mess up your diet.
How many calories do you consider overeating or undereating?
Like say, you're supposed to eat 1300 (actually the calculator thing says 2037 but I'll round up to the nearest 10th so I guess 2040); what do you consider to be overeating (or under eating)? 50 calories off, 100 calories off, etc?
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