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CARLYNMCC SparkPoints: (0)
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8/5/09 10:32 P

Thanks! those are some good sources of info.

CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,080
8/5/09 10:28 P

Here are some resource materials for you to check out:

Ask the Expert www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=58


Article: Use these Calorie Boosting Tips www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=593


Questions with Becky Hand, SparkPeople Dietician: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=387


CASSIOEPIA Posts: 18,080
8/5/09 10:23 P

I am also wondering about the vegetarian who doesn't like vegetables comment.

There are some pretty easy ways to increase your calories without eating very much more. Adding in nuts, nut butters, and fruit juices all add quite a few calories in small amounts.

Wishing you well,
Cassie

ERICA429 Posts: 65
8/5/09 10:13 P

I want to be supportive to you so I say this with a hug. emoticon

You did not get over weight by not eating enough.

We have all done it, start a new diet and start eating "low fat" "non fat" and only "low cal" foods.

Then we can't eat all our "points" from weight watchers or all our calories from sparks.

Sit down and look at your food intake. And make some changes.

Your a vegetarian but do not like vegetables?

But you have options, eat veggie dogs, refried beans, corn tortillas, "egg beaters".

You need at least 1200 cals to be healthy, so please sit down and relook at what your eating.

CARLYNMCC SparkPoints: (0)
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8/5/09 9:40 P

Can anybody site a study or some medical evidence about this eat too few calories hold onto fat theory? I can't find any reliable study that sites actual facts about this. What is the magic number? And who figured it out? It can all get very confusing - for every study that says one thing there's a study that says the opposite. When I search to try to find the evidence all I come up with is a study that says low cal diets improved life span in mice. I know not eating enough calories is bad, but what's the number? Plus, if this were completely true - wouldn't anorexics have more body fat? Don't get me wrong - I'm not thinking starvation is a good plan, I just want to know what the number is.....

CARLYNMCC SparkPoints: (0)
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8/5/09 9:39 P

Can anybody site a study or some medical evidence about this eat too few calories hold onto fat theory? I can't find any reliable study that sites actual facts about this. What is the magic number? And who figured it out? It can all get very confusing - for every study that says one thing there's a study that says the opposite. When I search to try to find the evidence all I come up with is a study that says low cal diets improved life span in mice. I know not eating enough calories is bad, but what's the number? Plus, if this were completely true - wouldn't anorexics have more body fat? Don't get me wrong - I'm not thinking starvation is a good plan, I just want to know what the number is.....

STACEYBOB SparkPoints: (67)
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8/5/09 5:17 P

What makes matters worse is that I struggle to find a source of protein as I am a Vegetarian and I don't like vegetables :\ So I am struggling on that aspect as well. I've tried adding little bits of food here or there but I just dont seem to be eating enough; I feel really unhappy about my weight and yet I'm not eating enough. It's confusing my head how not eating enough can make me weigh more. I'm having 3 meals a day, and they're good size meals, Breakfast Lunch and Dinner.

MOTOMOMOF2 Posts: 3,974
8/5/09 10:22 A

I have the same problem when I eat my fruit and veggies I dont want any thing else. I just try to east a normal dinner with my family. That usually gets my calories up to where they need to be

PHILLYSKYLINE Posts: 266
8/5/09 8:30 A

I've having the exact opposite problem--I can't seem to stay in the middle of my range (same as yours) without feeling hungry. I drink lots of water, eat healthy foods with plenty of fat and protein, and yet still have this gnawing hunger in the afternoon and evening. I've actually been going to bed early (as in 9pm!) so I don't keep eating after dinner!

NARNIAROSE2003 Posts: 1,904
8/5/09 8:27 A

It's such a delicate balance, isn't it? If we eat too many calories, we gain weight. But if we don't get adequate nutrition, our body thinks we are starving and we don't lose anything. I had gastric bypass in 2001 and even though I can eat more now, it is still a struggle to get the right amount of calories. Especially since I don't eat carbs, fat or sugar - mostly protein and veggies.

RMCKEOWN27GATOR SparkPoints: (0)
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8/5/09 8:22 A

I just was not using my nutrition page I did get more intake thanks,

INDY421 Posts: 19
8/5/09 6:01 A

Increasing portion size for your portien is a great Idea!

TALLTABBY Posts: 562
8/4/09 7:58 P

Try changing for fat free things to full fat. If that is not enough try adding some full fat. Also increase your portion size on protien.

STACEYBOB SparkPoints: (67)
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8/4/09 6:43 P

Meh I'm feeling depressed because my target calories is 1,200-1,550 a day and I'm only having between 600-800 a day. The problem is that I'm not hungry enough to eat more; so how am I going to build it up D=.

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