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SLASALLE SparkPoints: (168,333)
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Posts: 9,307
4/2/12 6:48 P

I have been using the SparkPeople tracker for 6+ years now. I highly recommend using it regularly and consistently. But if you don't track each and every thing you eat, it's not totally accurate. Also, take the time to set up your "Favorites" and tracking will be far less time-consuming before long!

I track MANY other vitamins above and beyond the usual protein, fats, carbs, etc.

You also have tons of really cool reports that you can run after long-term tracking.

I'm in "the last 20 pounds to lose" area, which are the hardest. I'm now working on cutting sugar OUT of my diet, which I suspect will get me there.

You're in a good place with a great SP program. Keep asking the right questions, just like you are.

Good luck to you on your journey!

VEGANVICTORY SparkPoints: (9,609)
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4/2/12 5:13 P

Not eating enough is just as detrimental to weight loss as over eating.

I have found that if I don't eat protein with every meal (I have about 5, 300 calorie meals a day) I feel starved and crave sugar.

Protein is everywhere - a cup of greek yogurt can have around 17 grams of protein, which is about a third of your minimum requirement (if only I weren't lactose intolerant!), and about 120 calories.

Try subbing half of your pasta in pasta dishes with veggies. Broccoli, beans, artichokes, and even cauliflower have about 3g. of protein per serving. It adds up.

EMMACORY SparkPoints: (110,968)
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4/2/12 3:57 P

Thanks Deb! I do plan to track for a week to see how it unfolds. I am going to pay attention to meeting some of the targets. I eat pretty healthy. . I gave up diet coke on Jan 1. I drink my water but I can't say that I have totally lost my desire for the Coke! We are having a nice day here in Cincinnati, OH

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
4/2/12 3:29 P

One day is no pattern. Track for a week and see how you get on.

As for losing the weight, "weight" is purely about calories. The macronutrient ranges are to ensure health, and also that you'll probably find it more satisfying to eat in those ranges and stick to your range. Like, if you did eat 1200 calories of twinkies you'd still lose weight, but you'd be hungry all day because that doesn't satisfy like meeting the protein, carb, and fat ranges properly would have done.

EMMACORY SparkPoints: (110,968)
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4/2/12 12:03 P

Hello all,

I took the plunge and tracked my food on 4/1 for the first time. I was quite surprised to see that I do not eat enough food and that my protein only hit 38. My question for you long time users of the tracker is: when you hit the protein and calorie levels did you start to see the weigh come off? I have lost 10 pounds in three months. I do my water aerobic and strength training. Now I am going to watch my food a bit more. It is not a bad thought that I might have to eat more!!! emoticon Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!

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