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KC2STPR SparkPoints: (32)
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11/29/12 8:40 A

my dr. put e on 1500 calories a day i have been pretty good about that. but i would like to know whats the diffrence between calories and fat calories and can i eat anything i want as long as it doesnt go over 1500 calories thanks for answers i have went from 7 cases of pepsi to 7 cases of diet pepsi i mske a lot of iced tea now and use the little pink packets i have cut my sugar from puttting it on everything to now the only sugar i consome is whats naturally in what i eat

Edited by: KC2STPR at: 11/29/2012 (08:45)
BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,981
11/28/12 10:40 P

If you cut down slowly you could be more likely to stick with the new eating plan. Going from 3500 to, say, 1500 in one go would be a big change, and you might get hungry and discouraged


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ETHELMERZ SparkPoints: (141,282)
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11/28/12 9:16 P

Please get a referral to a dietitian from your doctor, it would help you very much. Your calories are a personal thing, and the dietitian can help you figure out a daily menu using foods that YOU enjoy, and still feel good and not starve yourself. Lifetime. It's worth it to have a professional that actually sees you and talks with you.

THOMASINA57 SparkPoints: (136,606)
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11/28/12 8:59 P

I cut out around 400 to 500 calories a day and stay in the 1300 to 1400 range right now. I think it would be a shock to cut back drastically and maybe would set you up for a binge.

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AFDAPARKS1 SparkPoints: (1,804)
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11/28/12 7:59 P

I used to eat close to 4500 calories a day but when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes last August I went cold turkey and ate 400-800 calories for a few weeks till I found sparkpeople. I am trying to stay within my calorie range now 1200-1550.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 60,339
11/28/12 2:14 P

I think it's better to slowly cut your calories down until you're in your recommended ranges. That's less of a shock to your body and is easier to adjust vs. cutting down drastically and being hungry all the time for a while.

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11/28/12 11:47 A

I went from 3000+ a day to 1200 and suffered through it :) But I think I have more willpower than a lot of people, just based on posts I read here. I never had an issue with bingeing or anything like that.

I'd say the idea of cutting it down little by little is a good one, and gets you used to eating less, and will help you stick with it.

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LIVEYOUNG94 SparkPoints: (1,149)
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11/28/12 11:34 A

I used to eat around 3500 kcals a day and was wondering what is the healthiest way to cut calories down...should I jump straight down or say take 500 kcals of a day?

This is my first week so still trying to work things out :)

Edited by: LIVEYOUNG94 at: 11/28/2012 (11:41)
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