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KCLIME12 SparkPoints: (7,041)
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2/27/13 11:18 P

1200 calories is the bare minimum that you should ever be eating. By eating 200-300 below that, you're stalling your metabolism and will eventually stop losing or even start gaining weight, especially if you're working out a lot. I am going to echo the suggestion to switch from fat free to low fat and ditch some of the processed foods like the slimfast. When I was struggling to meet my calorie minimums, nuts were a lifesaver for me. They're fairly calorie dense so you don't have to eat a ton of them to get a boost. You could also try making your own shakes like the slimfast with yogurt, low fat milk, protein powder, fruit, and spinach. They're filling and boost your calories, dairy, and protein intake.

Have you adjusted your settings to reflect how many calories you burn per week? My tracker was telling me my goal was to burn 1500 calories a week and eat 1200-1550 per day, but I stopped losing weight for three weeks. I manually input 1500 calories burned per week and it upped my intake to 1560-1910 daily. Just like that I started losing weight again. Eating enough really helps. Remember, it's 80% diet and 20% exercise that helps us lose weight. Good luck!

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,605)
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2/27/13 10:42 P

I know Chili's says that steak is 250 calories, but I think that's highly unlikely. According to the tracker, a 6oz sirloin is 343 calories. But anyway, since you're low anyway, it doesn't really matter.

The PP gave you some great snack ideas. I would try to eat more "real" food... like ditch the SlimFast shakes. There's no reason to drink those if you need to eat MORE calories. Instead of eating a cabbage soup, eat a more hearty soup that has more to it. It can still be a veggie one, but cabbage isn't going to provide you much in the way of nutrients. Making your own food instead of relying on packaged stuff will also help because you can do things like increase the serving size a little bit to get some more calories in.

BEANBYDESIGN SparkPoints: (31,282)
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2/27/13 9:21 P

So here are some options I can see for you, based on the menu you listed:

Add fruit or peanut butter to the shake, or eat the apple with peanut butter.
Eat a second egg (if your cholesterol is okay, if it's high, then don't do the second egg).
Add a slice of cheese to the Boca Burger.
Switch your dairy products from non-fat to low-fat.
Swap the cabbage soup out for a slightly higher calorie soup (maybe a chicken noodle or veggie rice - still healthy, but a little more caloric heft).
Eat a banana at some point during the day, or add it to the shake. (I personally hate them, but they're very healthy for you and are, I think, 140ish calories.)
Eat a handful of nuts at some point during the day (1 oz. of dry-roasted nuts will be anywhere from 100-180 calories, depending on the nut chosen).

Obviously don't do every single thing I listed on the same day, but play around with your options, and I'm sure you'll find something that works for you.

Edited by: BEANBYDESIGN at: 2/27/2013 (21:22)
JOANNAMILLER1 SparkPoints: (3,394)
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2/27/13 9:05 P

I have really taken off with exercise and for the past 2 weeks worked out 5/6 days each week. I have been below my calorie range since the start on average between 200-300 calories below 1200. I gained 2 lbs this week and I made a decision to try and eat more. So I have added more foods but still not meeting my range. Here is what I had today...
1 hard boiled egg
Slimfast Shake made with skim milk
large apple
Chobani Mango yogurt
Chili's 6 oz steak & broccoli (only 250 calories- I asked the manager to check for sure)
WW Zero point Cabbage soup
Boca Burger on Multi-grain english muffin with mixed peppers

Hot tea no sugar
water...water...water
Crystal Light Ice tea

I burned 400 calories at the gym today.

I finished dinner at 7pm tonight and don't want to eat anything after dinner.

Help!!!

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