Before I go shopping, I make a meal plan for the week (or two). Include all snacks, whether it's fruits, 100 calorie packs, or whatever I'm feeling at the time. Stock up on everything, and then just pick the meal. I already have all the ingredients and don't find myself wondering, "What am I going to make today?"
Edit: I also agree, using the food tracker honestly allows you to see where you're doing good and what you can improve.
Both PP's are correct. Not only can you not out-exercise a bad diet, but entering your food into the food tracker here is eye opening. If you see that you eat too much of certain things, that is helpful to show you that you should look into other options. Plus, you know you need the servings of fruit and veggies. Are you logging them? Iknow when they put the fruit and veggie tracker up and I wasn't hitting it, that was a bit of a wake up. I sometimes have a really hard time with certain foods. So I don't really keep them in the house. Luckily, my husband doesn't crave or want much junk that I struggle with. The tracker just helps me keep accountable to myself. I love it.
I am a firm believer that "you can't out-exercise a bad diet". I work out maybe 20-40 minutes 5 days a week, occasionally 6-- that's all the time I'm willing to put into it. But I watch what I eat and track my food here on Spark.
And personally I think that's the biggest thing that affected my weight loss and is now keeping me in maintenance.
Sometimes people set a really aggressive weight loss goal; they want to lose say 50 pounds in 5 months or something. This drives your calorie range down low, and can make it very hard to stay within your range. Also if you're consistently burning more calories through exercise than you have your Fitness Tracker set for, you may not be getting enough calories through eating. You'd need to update the Fitness Tracker for your actual calories burned.
Is it possible that you've got things set up to where your calorie range is too low-- and that's why you're having trouble staying within range? As the pp said, do you use the Nutrition Tracker? It's very helpful to show us where we're way overdoing the eating. For example, if you ate 3 servings of chips, you'd see the amount of calories carbs etc-- and could decide that next time, you'd just have 1 serving of chips.
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Do you use your Nutrition Tracker? If not, this could be where your problem lies.
I weigh ALL of my food and enter everything into my tracker - this is what has helped me to stay focused, to tweak my intake as and when needed, and to reach my goal, after having been overweight for about 30 years ....... all while eating a very healthy diet!! For me it was about reducing the calories only a small amount from what I was already consuming. Without the weighting/recoding, I would never have gotten there. I have been at my goal for well over a year, and I STILL weigh/measure and enter it into the tracker! I intend to STAY at my goal - LOL!
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Im in need of some motavation I work out 5 to 6 days aweek for a hour but when it comes to food I just cant stay motavated does anyone know what I could do..im not loosing weight and then I get depressed..need help thanks..
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