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DIETITIANBECKY
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6/5/13 7:29 P

"low carb" really means nothing.
Your doctor needs to be more specific.
Ask the doctor:
How many calories daily.
How many grams of carbohydrate, protein and fat daily.
Ask for menu ideas as well.

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist



GRAPHICS2
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6/5/13 5:59 P

I totally agree, unless you are under medical supervision, you should not be eating less than 1200 cals. per day.



CBR0422UNCW
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6/5/13 4:07 P

Ditto what LEC said.



LEC358
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6/5/13 3:57 P

The body needs *minimum* 1200 calories to survive so unless your doctor gave you a range of 1000-1200 calories, I'd up your intake asap.



CUTEEPIE64
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6/5/13 3:49 P

sorry this is the number I came up with trying to stay between 1000-1200



CBR0422UNCW
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6/5/13 3:39 P

I guess what I'm asking is if your Doc told you to only eat 900 cal a day or if you arrived at that number personally. Those types of diets can be very dangerous if they are not physician monitored.



CUTEEPIE64
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6/5/13 3:28 P

Doctor put me on a low carb diet he said the brain works on sugars and carbs and if you starve your brain of these items the brain will release a hunger killing agent (can't remember what he called it) but it is working because I'm not too hungry during the day. I probably need to add some healthy snacks as I only eat 3x a day.



CBR0422UNCW
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6/5/13 3:07 P

Often people who are on a physician recommended short-term VLCD (Very low calorie diet: 800 cal or less) or MVLCD (Modified very low calorie diet: 500-1000 cal) are advised NOT to exercise because you aren't taking in enough calories to support the extra activity. Did your Dr. put you on this restricted calorie diet and if so instruct you to exercise? If the answer to either one of these is "no" then you should probably stop for the duration of the restricted calorie diet or modify your caloric intake to support the activity. If the Dr. recommended this restricted diet and instructed you to exercise and is supervising you while on this diet, I would bring up your concerns with him/her.

Edited by: CBR0422UNCW at: 6/5/2013 (15:09)


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6/5/13 3:05 P

Are you using the SparkPeople food tracker? And setting your goals in here? It will help you find an appropriate range of calories each day.

But to answer your question, lean proteins are great for helping provide energy- think fish, white meat chicken, turkey, cottage cheese, beans, etc.

It's rare that anyone is recommended to eat under 1,200 calories, and if you have 100 pounds to lose, this is very unlikely to be healthy for you.

Good luck!



MEGAPEEJ
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6/5/13 2:53 P

Calories are energy. People thrive on a variety of different diets - some are low carb, others lower in protein and fats. If your doctor has set a limit on the number of carbs you should eat, you should stay within that limit, but still try to eat the appropriate number of calories (that leaves proteins and fats). If you're just not sure, it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor or see if they can recommend a dietician to help build a plan just for you.

For comparison, I eat between 1500-1850 calories a day (usually closer to the high end) and am losing weight. You don't need to cut your intake of calories so drastically.



CUTEEPIE64
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6/5/13 2:49 P

would I need more protein or carbs to gain more energy?



MSU_GAL
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6/5/13 2:42 P

Did you say you're eating 900 calories a day?? Nobody would have any energy on so few calories!



CUTEEPIE64
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6/5/13 2:39 P

My doctor put me on a low carb diet. I need to lose 100lbs I've been keeping track and I'm averaging 60 carbs a day and 60 protein and 900 calories and fat 40-50 I'm doing good lost 9 lbs in two weeks but I have no energy to exercise I walk on the treadmill but only can do 3 minutes at a time because I feel weak in the legs if I try for more. Do I need to eat more of something to be able to walk longer?



 
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