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AAZLADY2
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2/10/13 6:01 P

I weigh and measure everything. About the only thing I haven't done is taking a scale with me the few times we eat out. Though I have considered it. I did add some extra snacks today...cheese and crackers. Dinner is in 2 hours and I'm not remotely interested in eating more. I feel full. I will try to boost my intake.



DRAGONCHILDE
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2/10/13 5:54 P

Keep in mind that if ou have been chronically under eating for a long period of time, you can slow your metabolism, which can sabotage your weight loss efforts. Under eating regularly can have the opposite effect you desire. When your metabolism slows, it starts to hold on to fat, and burn everything BUT fat.

Are you weighing and measuring your food when you track it, or are you eyeballing it?

Since you have been under eating, I would suggest putting away the scale for a while, and focus on eating within your ranges (even close to the top) to help reset your metabolism and recover from the potential damage you may have done to it. It isn't going to hurt it, and may very well help! Many, many people have found that under eating stalls their weight loss, and eating more helps them to lose it! You don't have a 1200 calorie diet here on Sparkpeople; you have a range of 1200-1550 at a minimum. USE that range!



HALEYLJ2003
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2/10/13 2:14 P

I started taking probiotic enzymes 2 months ago. It has been a HUGE help with my digesting issues.



AAZLADY2
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2/10/13 1:30 P

I'm not sure that 2% greek yogurt is available where I live. There are many advantages to living in a small town, but a wide selection of food is not one of them. I have two grocery stores and Walmart. I'm afraid to use one of the grocery stores as their credit card system has been hacked. I'll have to check next time I head down to Phoenix.

I find that I tend to lose more if I use acai cleanse, but it's not something I want to use regularly. I have an issue with my bowels "dumping". I think it's heretiary as my dad has the same problem. Most of the time by the time I feel I need to use the bathroom it's too late.
My 10 year old grandson asked why I was wearing diapers! As the joke says "It Depends!"

I too don't digest things very well. I was just reading that people like me who have had their gallbladders removed don't. It was suggested that adding ox bile helps, also a beet suppliment.. I just ordered mine and will let the forum know if it helps. Also what is the opinion on if enzymes would help.



HALEYLJ2003
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2/10/13 12:16 P

Thank you very much. I'll have to check that site out! I just found fooducate.com. I love that one, but I didnt transfer the info to Spark. Yes, with 20 pounds to go, I'm still wanting to see 1 pound a week. I can't seem to even get 1/2 pound a week. Wish my measurements would at least go down faster. Maybe I'm just getting too anxious to finally reach my goal! It's been 6 months!



NIRERIN
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2/10/13 9:02 A

1. if you have a package, copying the info exactly as it is in generally works.
2. make sure you are selecting your foods from the options that don't have member names beside them. if you do pick something with a member name, be sure you compare it to the package or another site like nutritiondata.self.com
3. use another site like nutritiondata.self.com to get accurate info from the usda


one thing you have to watch is foods with very few calories, like creamer or spray butter. in single serving amounts they have few to no calories [and companies don't have to list under 5 i believe] which means you don't see anything. but since the real numbers are something like .3 fat and .2 protein, when you start eating multiple servings, they should add up


if you only have 20lbs to lose, what is your loss per week goal? if it's more than about half a pound, then you may have too aggressive of a goal for your body to support. and if you're eating under that on top of having a too low range, all you're doing is stressing out your body. when you are close to your goal weight, you need to be eating very close to your maintenance ranges. when you don't do that you make your body cut corners and fix things with duct tape and it is really hard to know what your body isn't properly maintaining.



HALEYLJ2003
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2/9/13 11:08 P

Thanks Nirerin! Input is very helpful. I am getting my measurements from the spark lists. I did notice a while back fitness pal seemed more accurate, but it's too time consuming to keep up with both. Your info was very useful. However, if your correct, that leads me to wonder why the scales are so stuck. I realize I'm at that last 20 pounds, maybe that why.but I'd really like to reach my goals. I'm not sure how to get the correct info on my food. But I do know the creamer one is right. I copied it directly from the creamer. It's coconut milk, not regular creamer. But as for the other foods, where do I get the correct info?


P.s.as for the avocado, I did eat 1/2 an avocado. Not a whole one

Edited by: HALEYLJ2003 at: 2/9/2013 (23:28)


NIRERIN
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2/9/13 10:45 P

before you do anything else you need to make sure you are using accurate info. the apple that you have tracked today 60 cals with no protein, carbs or fat? it's not right. you should be able to add the grams of protein and carbs together multiply by four and add that to the number of fat grams multiplied by 9 and get pretty close to the calories. your creamer also looks to be incorrectly entered. it may seem like small things, but ten items that are ten off add up to 100 cals being off. the avocado looks a little off to me. the calories seem right for a serving of avocado, but a serving of avocado is 1/4 of an avocado, not a whole one. so if you are eating a whole avocado [unless it's unusually tiny] that number should be a few times what you have entered.

beyond that:
-add an extra teaspoon or Tablespoon of oats to your 1/4 cup dry.
-have a 4.5 oz tilapia filet instead.
-add nut butter, eggs or pumpkin puree to your oatmeal.
-have a four ounce portion of turkey instead of three
-have some nut butter with your fruit
-swap your nofat yogurt for a higher fart percentage



HALEYLJ2003
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2/9/13 10:04 P

Thanks. Ok, I di that, now, if anyone has suggestions, please help. I have only lost 1 pound since Christmas!



UNIDENT
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2/9/13 9:17 P

Edit your spark page. Look at the tick boxes at the top right. You can share your food and fitness trackers.



HALEYLJ2003
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2/9/13 8:53 P

How do I share my tracker. Today wasn't even 1000 calories

Edited by: HALEYLJ2003 at: 2/9/2013 (20:58)


DRAGONCHILDE
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2/9/13 8:07 P

If you would like, share your nutrition trackers on your Sparkpage, and we can make suggestions based on what you're actually eating. :)

It's really not hard to boost calories without boosting bulk; Sometimes, it's as simple as a couple of tablespoons of peanut butter, full fat dressings, some olive oil, or any number of tricks to ensure your body gets the nutrition it needs, without slowing your metabolism by undereating!

Check out this expert answer about eating less than your minimum:

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




UNIDENT
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2/9/13 8:02 P

Jenni brought up a good point - what is your maintenance range? You can change all your goals to say you're at goal weight and maintaining it, so go do that and check and see what range it gives you. Then adjust back for weight loss again.

What was it?

You will almost certainly need to eat FAR more than you are now, when you're maintaining your ideal weight. If you feel 900-1000 is a challenge to get to, how are you going to eat 1700 or so that you'll need for maintaining?

Yes, it's a problem to consistently under eat. There is no way your body is getting enough vitamins and minerals on so low an intake.

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


Definitely do what you can to go up, healthily. You are probably harming your body, and you will absolutely benefit from an increased range.



HALEYLJ2003
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2/9/13 8:01 P

You are not alone in difficulty reaching 1200. I average 900 - 1000 a day. Occasionally, I will reach 1200, but it's hard. I'm a pescatarian,and try to stay away from gluten due to bloat also. It's very frustrating because you can only eat so much till you are full. I also can't eat raw leafy green veggies because I can't digest them, so salad dressings are no use to me. I have started making cream replacements using Greek yogurt which seems to help. You can add chipotle, or ranch powder and use it to replace dips for veggies, mayo, and salad dressings.that helps adding a few calories



NIRERIN
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2/9/13 7:56 P

swap the nonfat greek for 2%. it's no more food for a few more calories.



AAZLADY2
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2/9/13 7:29 P

I neglected to add that I have problems with bloat. Bread and other products will cause me to swell up within a half an hour of eating them.



AAZLADY2
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2/9/13 6:52 P

I am adding sliced almonds to my salads, and only use Greek non-fat yogurt. Tonight I am making the 1200+ only because I added Wheat Thin Parmesan crackers and cheese. Plus my once a week treat which tonight is my husband's desire to have hot dogs and bushes baked beans with bacon and onion added. I find that I get full really quickly.



HEALTHYJEN11
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2/9/13 9:57 A

It's also good to get in a daily multivitamin.



CMCOLE
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2/9/13 8:28 A

those are some great suggestions.
I like nuts in salads, too.
It's always good to be reminded of things like that.

I like beans in my salads, too (cooked or raw - depending on the type).
sometimes I'll make a grain-based (well, sometimes it's seeds - quinoa) salad, which is also nice and filling, and full of great stuff.



JENNILACEY
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2/9/13 7:33 A

There are plenty of ways to up your calories. The poster below has some good suggestions.

Have you tried Greek yogurt? It's thicker, higher in cals and protein. A whole egg once a day, nuts and nut butters, seeds/seed oils, whole grains, steel cut oats, adding an extra snack or just increasing your portion sizes.

I ate around 1000 cals for years and guess what? I didn't lose a pound. My body had gotten used to a low calorie intake and my metabolism was slowed. In fact, I actually gained a ton of weight because of it. When I became pregnant (twice) I tried to eat the recommended amount of food for a pregnant lady and gained well over 50 lbs in both my pregnancies. It wasn't until I joined Spark's this year and started eating *more* that I corrected my metabolism and started losing weight.

I'm 5'2 and 113 lbs and lose weight quickly eating an avg. of 1400 cals. It is also pretty much impossible to reach your daily nutrient, vitamin and mineral requirements eating under 1200 cals. When you're maintaining your weight you're going to have to eat around 1700-2200 cals a day (depending on your size and activity level). Don't be afraid to eat.



Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 2/9/2013 (07:37)


SUSAN_FOSTER
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2/8/13 9:20 P

It would be good if you could share your tracker so we could give specific feedback. Without that I will give some general tips.

* Most likely you are short on healthy fats. How about adding nuts to your salads (I love a good toasted walnut)? Are you using fat free dressing? If so - switch to olive oil and vinegar. Peanut butter with banana or apple as a snack?
* You mention yogurt - are you getting all of your dairy servings?
* I don't see mention of whole grains in your list of what you eat. Oatmeal is wonderful for breakfast, brown rice, quinoa, barley - there's a wonderful variety!

Losing weight does not mean starving yourself. Add some flavorful ingredients to your food and you will find yourself in a healthy range and also enjoying your food more!



AAZLADY2
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2/8/13 9:12 P

I am on 1200 calories. I am careful in what I eat; salads, fruit, yogurt, lean meat, and vegetables. I am having a very difficult time getting up to that many calories. Depending on what I have I can get to the high 900's to about maybe 1100 if I have beef. I am getting a message that I am eating too few calories. Is this an issue. I try to eat every 4 hours, only snack once and I am full. I don't get hungry.




 
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