Thank you for your input. I did add some additional fruits yesterday and boy did I get the calorie count up! I did get some dried apricots, craisens and mangos. Yesterday I had a mango already cut up, measured out a cup, added some fat free yogurt and made a drink out of it! If I had added ice cubes I could have made a smoothie! I like trying new smoothie recipes. :)
I had a very hard time getting my calories in, and I wasn't concerned, as I felt FANTASTIC and WONDERFUL!!! Listen to your body, as it will tell you exactly what it needs. There did come a time when I needed all of my calories, but I didn't understand how to do that, as my stomach had shrunk so much. My Curves Coach, told me to eat higher calorie foods. She told me to use jam instead of jelly, and she also told me to use a full serving of peanut butter which is 2 TBS and I only used one. Find some high calorie foods, that you like land incorporate them into your lifestyle change. I've added sunflower seeds and 50% less sugar Crasins, to get the caloric intake up.
REMEMBER the main thing is to listen to your body!!! I hope this helps you!!
- Nancy Jean - GA
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7/25/14 10:44 A
I would not worry about it. I have days when I make my caloric intake and days when I do not. I think it equals out.
I too am having trouble getting all the calories in! I just hate to eat if I'm not hungry. I got some tips for adding healthy calories and I will try some of those. I love this site! Thanks for all the help and encouragement!!
I have a really hard time getting my calories in, for the day. I've tried eating 6 small meals, and the regular 3 meals, and trying to tweak it in which ever way I can, but I'm just not able to get my calories in. I've tried doing a snack at night, but when I eat past the level of being pleasingly comfortable, my stomach hurts. I don't be just a stomach ache, but a full blown, grabbing my stomach, doubled over, crying out to God to take the pain away!!! I'm trying to eat foods that have more calories in them, with my meals, but it's still not enough. I feel FANTASTIC, every day!!! I do a smidgen more than a 5K each AM, except Sunday, along with Spark Exercising Videos, and other work out resources. Even when I first started, and I didn't exercise at all, and my caloric intake was 1200 calories a day, I wasn't even able to hit that. I've finally come to the conclusion that if my body is SATISFIED, and I'm able to do all I do in a day, and I'm still standing at the end of the day, and not hurting in my stomach, from trying to FORCE more into me, than I can handle, THEN I'M OKAY!!!
I did take some notes to incorporate into my current eating habits, which will help to pump up the calories. I'll see how it goes!!!
- Nancy Jean - GA
Fitness Minutes: (153,352)
125,304 9/27/13 11:46 P
oh as the tracker is right on! I try to add the good carbs to my diet as after lunch, I'm mindful of the calories I still have to "eat" up! My calorie count for the day is 1770. I have added smoothies and other additives to boost that calorie count as well. Juices with your meal may help as well however, I do drink water with my meals to make me seem full
Fitness Minutes: (80,197)
9/27/13 10:29 P
I too have a hard time eating all my calories . Occasionally I have "free" days when I eat my favorite things that aren't typically good choices. I'm hoping this balances out my lack of calories and if not I know that at least I'll have a better chance of staying on track of my new healthy lifestyle by not depriving myself.
I really try to plan my meals and actually write a menu for the week. I go shopping once so I have all the stuff I need and don't have to wander round shops picking up rubbish food unnecessarily. I did find it quite difficult to maintain my calories- especially when I was really busy. And I have to work quite hard to make sure I eat enough protein and not too much fat. It does get easier with practice. If I've been good, and have enough calories, and fat left after logging my good, I treat myself to something like a cornetto in the evening. Naughty but nice.
I often find myself struggling to eat enough in a day. Being used to eating a couple, large, nutrient dense meals, is very different from 5 or 6 small ones. I'm getting closer to finding that right balance of food volume x nutrient density. Like putting my tuna on mixed greens instead of bread.
Fitness Minutes: (2,850)
3/2/13 1:27 P
I find myself doing this once in awhile, but what helps me the most is planning my day ahead of time so I know where I'm at. The days where I fail to get within my goal range are usually the days when I don't plan the whole day. When you can look at your whole day and know that you are short you can adjust accordingly. Add a healthy granola bar to a snack (Cascadian Farms or Kashi are good brands). It's good carbs, and healthy calories. Add a higher calorie fruit like grapes or pineapple where you might have had a lower calorie one. Justin's makes some really healthy butter choices, hazelnut butter, almond butter, peanut butter and they are pure. You can get them in maple or chocolate too. Sometimes I add a slice of whole grain bread with a serving of Justins chocolate almond butter for an evening snack. It's almost like dessert, but healthy.
O.K. - You need to remember that being a male means that you will need to eat more which is part the reason why your recommended range was higher.
Certainly, increasing your work-outs means that you need to eat more, as well. Eating some more with each meal is a great start. That link that Heather (DRAGONCHILDE) provided is an EXCELLENT one. You will find that once you start to eat more during the day, you won't be starving so much at night. I certainly wouldn't like to be eating over 1/2 my calories at night! I always allow for snacks before bed - usually 1-200 and that works well. I just choose something filling - small banana and yoghurt, or piece of toast with mashed banana (I hate peanut butter which is another good alternative).
Fitness Minutes: (874)
3/2/13 12:12 A
Thanks for your input. SP set my calorie intake at 1960-2210 originally. When I first started a couple weeks ago, I was doing 10 to 20 minutes of exercise a day. I have since increased to around an hour a day. I was getting between 1500 and 1800 calories a day which is why I lowered my calorie goal. As for my ratios, I've been averaging about 45-50% for carbs, and around 25% for both fat and protein. I must admit that since I always seem to feel like I'm starving at night and need to eat that I leave myself 1100-1200 calories so that when I start feeling hungry at 9p.m. that I have calories left so I can eat. I guess I just need to try and tweak my eating habits.
Gee, I haven't had that problem for a long time.....
Fitness Minutes: (18,761)
1,243 3/1/13 10:00 A
I'm the same way some days... try throwing some heartier snacks into your day. Or adding little bits of more calorie-dense foods. For example, if you're having a salad, add some avocado in. Eat a snack with natural peanut butter for a protein boost but also a good amount of calories.
I notice that you mention "....I have since lowered my daily goal from 1960 to 1750 but still find myself to full ..." - My question is this: What range did SP set for you taking into account your current weigh t and the exercise that you do? What calories are you actually managing to get to? AND, what is your carb/fat/protein ratio like?
Unless you are doing tons of exercise, the calorie range seems a wee bit high to me (my unqualified thoughts)
Fitness Minutes: (874)
2/28/13 9:08 P
Thank you to everyone for replying. Yes, I eat at least 5 or 6 times a day. I have started eating more calories at breakfast and lunch. After reading your entries, I looked back at what I was eating and noticed that I was only getting 250 to 350 calories per meal. Again, thank you all for your help.
Fitness Minutes: (65,456)
4,887 2/26/13 5:38 P
Do you have a snack between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner and dinner and bedtime? That may help you up your calories!
Fitness Minutes: (15,360)
9,707 2/26/13 5:00 P
This happens from time to time, and the key is planning; once in a while isn't a big deal, but over time you can sabotage your metabolism and slow your weight loss.
However, if you're losing weight fine right now, you're not going to drop into starvation mode on 1700 calories. ;) Just be aware that you may need to boost things if your efforts stall out.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/26/2013 (17:01)
Fitness Minutes: (27,395)
2/26/13 4:53 P
I have that happen sometimes and I don't worry much about it. I'm not about to stuff food down my throat when I'm not hungry. That is how I got where I am in the first place. I haven't noticed any problem because of it - I still am losing weight, and I feel fine. I imagine that it can be taken too far and damage weight loss efforts (i.e. starvation mode), but for me, I'm rarely really far under my range.
Fitness Minutes: (874)
2/26/13 4:32 P
Most nights (10p.m. or later) I find myself still short of my daily calorie goal. I have since lowered my daily goal from 1960 to 1750 but still find myself to full most nights to eat any more if I haven't reached my goal. Has anyone else had this problem? How have you dealt with it?
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