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DIETITIANBECKY
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8/15/13 7:27 A

Have you ever worked with a Registered Dietitian who can help with meal planning, your weight loss effort, and provide some coaching and counseling. I think it would be very beneficial

Becky
Your SP Registered Dietitian



SLIMMERKIWI
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8/15/13 7:10 A

I, too, took a look at your Nutrition Tracker and am really very concerned. The fact that the calories were often in the 870's, with protein and fat being quite low, and at times very low, is NOT good, and you WON'T be meeting your needs - calories or nutrients. Taking a look at WHAT you ate, I would be inclined to think I am quite safe in saying that your fibre consumption is also very low.

THEN I read some of the notes - you appear to be very guilty about eating. I would think that you may have a Disordered Eating condition. Even when you 'pigged out' (my words, taken from your comments) you still only managed just over 1200 calories. You sound very guilty about eating a cookie - even with the very low calories. Given the weight you are showing on your tracker, even 1200 calories would be far too little, even if you were sedentary, but you are actually exercising. On the 11th, you showed 574 calories consumed, and 245 calories burned through exercise.

I think that you would be wise to make an appointment with your Dr, explain what you are wanting to achieve and how you have been going about it. I think it would be prudent to ask for bloods to be done, too, to ensure that you haven't got a low iron level or other nutrition-related problems, and also ask for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. Taking a few printouts from your Nutrition Tracker would be very helpful for the Dietitian, too, to best help you.

Take care, and I DO mean "Take Care!!"
Kris





CMCOLE
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8/15/13 6:51 A

you've received some very insightful replies, and I believe it's something everyone should read.



DRAGONCHILDE
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8/14/13 8:07 P

One of the SP coaches, Coach Dean, explained in detail what's up with starvation mode, and what it is, and isn't:

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.a
sp?imboard=7&imparent=11095697


Scroll down to his response. :)



CEDARBARK1
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8/14/13 7:25 P

Do up your caloric intake. You can fool your body (short term) into thinking you are eating enough, but at the levels you are taking... you are setting yourself up for serious health issues. Add fats -- especially Omega 3's. But we also need Omega 6's, just not nearly as many as in the standard American diet seems to imply. You need to EAT. Avoid the processed crud, and think mainly veggies, with a little fat to help the veggie nutrients to absorb, and some serious protein (I can't eat tree nuts, so in my case it is fish and meat), but work with your body to see what works best for you. DO NOT STARVE...



JENNILACEY
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8/14/13 7:13 P

Terrible things happen to your body when you are essentially starving yourself, been there. I'm small at 5'2 but because I'm active and exercise a lot I started experiencing all these lovely reprocussions eating *what I thought* was enough calories at 1400 cals, which is about 400-600 cals more than you're eating...

At first I didn't complain, I was losing weight quickly... sometimes 3 lbs/week in my healthy BMI but then I started suffering from amenorrhea, my RHR dropped to 42 BPM, I was freezing all the time, my blood pressure was bordering on below low normal, I reached 107 lbs and I started obsessing over what I was going to eat next, 90% of my thoughts oriented around food, I started dreaming about food, spent all my free time searching recipes... Then the binge eating started, I was completely out of control... I'd stick to my calorie range/meal plans during the day but in the evening, I'd just eat uncontrollably... I couldn't stop myself. I'd eat myself until I was sick which I have never done in my life. If I did manage to fall asleep without binging, I'd wake in the middle of the night and head straight for the fridge.

I gained weight back faster than I had lost it. I'd wake up racked with guilt and then started doing cardio twice a day to do damage control... which led to more hunger, more eating... vicious cycle. It wasn't until I decided to eat enough to maintain my weight that the binge eating fizzled out, I stopped obsessing over food and stopped gaining weight back. I still haven't gotten my period back and it's been about 8 months now.

So don't go there. Honestly, you're just going to cause yourself more pain than it's worth. You're better off eating a "healthy" amount of calories to lose weight because creating some crazy deficit and starving yourself is just going to come back and bite you in the behind. Your hormones will take the driver's seat and *force* you to eat.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 8/14/2013 (19:14)


BUNNYKICKS
Posts: 2,296
8/14/13 5:42 P

I'm wondering if your tracker is showing your correct weight (as another poster noted, if it is, you are really shortchanging your body waaaayy too much by eating so little).... but if your tracker is not correct, then it's probably because of the tracker's little issue with metric. If this is the case, you go to your Start page, then choose the link (near top/left) for Account Preferences... find the little check-box marked "use metric system" and UNCHECK it.

As for your food intake, there is NO WAY you are meeting your macros on 1000 calories. I have been trying to stick to the low side of the 1200-1550 range for months on end now, and I know it is a huge challenge to get in the necessary macros at 1200. At 1000 it's just not possible. Not to mention - calcium, iron? Even when I'm eating as clean and healthy as possible, I find getting the RDA for these critical nutrients near impossible at 1200.

Yeah, don't do this to yourself. It will NOT speed up your weight loss anyways, not by any appreciable amount...

Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 8/14/2013 (17:45)


LGREGG07
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8/14/13 4:23 P

I also took a peak at your nutrition tracker. You are NOT meeting your macro nutrient needs! Nor your calorie needs! I understand that eating "too much" can cause anxiety! I've been there and it did more harm to my body (mentally and physically). Trust me -- your body NEEDS food to function properly, and even lose weight. I too used to get mad at myself if I ate more than 1200 calories a day and would also restrict for a couple days to "make up for it". I was scared to track because I felt as though if I saw what I was really eating,I would gain weight faster! BUT, once I started eating more, I noticed that I WASNT gaining weight like I thought I would, I'm actually LOSING weight. Slower than I would like, but I have come to accept that.Just gradually add in 100-200 more calories a day until you reach a place where you are feeding your body to function properly, while also having a calories deficient. If you find that you are trying to have a 1000 calorie deficient every day, but that only allows for 1000 (or less) calories to be eaten-- STOP. You can and WILL lose weight with even a 250 calorie deficient, which is another thing that I have come to realize with my own weight loss journey.

By eating more I noticed that I have more energy and am happier overall. Yes, I still stress about my calories and exercise sometimes, but I'm taking it day by day and allowing myself to relax and actually live my life more. This should be about lifestyle changes, not restrictive dieting or deprivation.

I added you as a friend, so if you feel as though you ever have any questions or want someone to talk to (I understand that face-to-face conversations can be intimidating sometimes) just message me! Everyone deserves to be happy with themselves, no matter their size or body type -- especially you! You can do this (:



CHIBI_TOTORO
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8/14/13 3:37 P

Also being as large as you are, Im surprized you have a goal of 1200 cals. The bigger we are, the more food we need to just do our daily processes, like breathing, eating, and walking around.


Consider eating more dense foods. Nuts pack lots of nutrition in small servings, so you'd get your fats, protiens and some yummy taste in a little pack.

Our minds can be trained to survive with little food, but it's not healthy. you want to try to break that down, and it might take a few weeks to get to a point where you are eating 1200 cals a day, but you really do need to.



MEGAPEEJ
Posts: 732
8/14/13 3:31 P

But you're NOT meeting your nutrients - I just checked your tracker and of the days you're hitting 800-1000 calories, you hit maybe 20g of fat (minimum is 30ish) and 35g of protein (minimum is 60).

In short, it is not good for you and your body will start to think it's starving, and I'm not quite sure I believe that you feel "completely full" on less than 1000 calories with pretty much only carbs. Fat and protein are not at all unhealthy, and you need them.

ETA: I actually just noticed some of your notes, and I'm a little worried about you and your mindset around food. Your comments are self-depricating when you go "over" (though you're only going over your 1200 mark barely) and you frequently note how awful you feel for having a single cookie, or that you feel you ate too much the day before (when you didn't) so you should go under your ranges the next 2 days. This isn't how weight loss has to be or should be, and it is possible to lose weight eating plenty of calories and having a small treat that you enjoy. If you feel a lot of guilt around food, you may consider talking to a counselor or a dietician.

Edited by: MEGAPEEJ at: 8/14/2013 (15:38)


PAY_FO10
Posts: 8
8/14/13 3:22 P

I've posted on here already about not eating enough calories, and this might be a silly question but if you are completely full and you have all the right macronutrients, but you haven't met 1200 calories, is it still bad for you? Does your body still think it's starving?
I usually have around 1000 calories a day, but I'm full with that and have all the nutrients. I don't want to eat unhealthy food, or over eat just to reach the 1200, but I also don't want to stop weight loss or harm my body.



 
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