There IS such a thing as too much fruit or veggies. Too much fruit is just sugar, and too many veggies can give you intestinal issues. Just aim for the recommended servings of each. Make sure you are eating enough protein, too. And grains.
I don't eat breakfast most days. I tend to have a largish brunch around 10 (2 eggs on a bagel and some milk for about 500 calories) and then an early dinner at 4 or 5 of around 900 calories. Maybe a 200 calorie snack mid day if I need it.
4/3/13 12:20 P
It's great that you're getting rid of the soda and candy. The best advice is to add more healthy stuff in gradually. Then the good stuff will crowd out the bad. There's no such thing as too much fruit or veggies!
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5 4/3/13 11:48 A
Sorry my keyboard stopped working while I was typing...
I was just going to finish by saying that watching other girls at work who are overweight eat two donuts at once and say oh well I know I'm fat..that is embarrassing for me because that used to be me! Not anymore..I feel so much better already by not having all that sugar, that is enough motivation for me to stop. But I will continue to work on eating more protein as someone mentioned.
Thank you again everyone for your comments. I really really appreciate it.
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5 4/3/13 11:43 A
After using the food tracker last night I did find that I was waaay under the recommended calories. I was only at 1200 for the day. I think that it was so low because I hate eating breakfast so my breakfast was just at about 100 calories. It was a piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter. Today is my day off from work and I tried to eat some plain oatmeal with berries on top and I just could not eat it. I did manage to eat a banana though. For some reason when I try to eat breakfast it triggers my gag reflex which makes it extremely hard to eat. I am going shopping again to get some other breakfast options to try.
I think I mentioned before that I am so new to this so will have a lot of trial and error. I also want to point out that I am not trying to under eat or starve myself, just trying new things. I was honestly shocked to find that I hardly ate 1200 calories yesterday because I felt like I was constantly eating something, whether it was fruit or veggies. I was not plaining on counting calories but now I am going to try so that I make sure I am eating enough.
Also want to add that this is day 3 of no soda or junk food and I have not craved it once! At my office there is always donuts and other crap, but I refuse to be the fat girl who just cannot say no to that stuff. There are other girls in the office who are also overweight and already this week I have seen them indu
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4/3/13 5:42 A
I agree with the person that noted that you are making too many sudden changes. I would focus on adding good stuff to your diet rather than cutting everything out.
From your description it sounds like you are massively undereating.
You are best off to weigh and measure all of your food so that you know accurately what you are eating and what you need to adjust. As far as the 1800 calories is concerned, SP will have given you a RANGE and that depends on your starting weight and the amount and types of exercise you plan on doing. If you are doing too much exercise (use the Fitness Tracker too) it will let you know. If you create a SparkPage you will find that you will get more help/support - especially where it comes to tweaking your nutrition intake if you need support there.
Losing weight from 220 to 200 I was able to eat an average of at least 1800 calories a day with a relatively low intensity exercise program. If you cut too many calories too fast your body will just get used to that level as a new normal. Focus on changes that you can sustain. Sounds like you are doing a great job with variety and some yummy sounding food options.
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4/3/13 1:20 A
I would make sure you're eating protein to help you maintain muscle mass while you lose fat and to help you feel like you've had enough to eat. That will keep you from getting that "AUUGH STARVING MUST EAT EVERYTHING IN SIGHT NOW" feeling. Eggs are a great source of protein so you may want to have an egg with your breakfast, for example. Your salad with chicken sounds perfect! Tuna fish, cottage cheese, and plain Greek yogurt are also good, quick sources of protein.
Good start, it sounds like you are doing a lot of things right.
Learn to use the FoodTracker here on SparkPeople. As you enter everything you eat, the summary will tell you if you've had the correct amount of calories, protein, carbohydrate, fat, etc. If you eat too much or too little of those, it will show you and you can adjust.
If you lose weight and you feel happy and healthy, you're probably doing things right.
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5 4/2/13 10:33 P
Thanks for your response. I forgot to mention that I plan on cutting out all junk food for 3 weeks to start. I think I need to go cold turkey because of how poor my eating habis are, or used to be. I also think that by having a goal, like 3 weeks, it will discorage me from going back to my old habits since somewhere in my brain I know I could have some junk food again in the future and in moderation. I am hoping to see some amazing results so that way I keep up this new way of eating.
I did notice that this site said I should be eating somewhere around 1800 cals a day. That seems like a lot to me, since I am trying to lose weight. I am going to do some research to see how many cals I have eaten today since I have not been counting. If I am way under the recommended cals per day then I will certainly adjust my meals and snacks. I am so new to this and I know it will take me a long time to figure things out. Thanks again!
IMHO you can't eat too much fruit and veges - I often reach 10-12 servings and sometimes more :-)
you have made a lot of sudden changes - I am hoping that you can continue in this way, because often when someone does this, they tend to get bored or feel deprived re lack of foods (even if unhealthy choices) that they were enjoying before. Because of this it is often better to start with baby steps - changing only one or two things to start with and allowing your body to get used to the changes before adding something else to the mix. It might be that you focus on the (lack of) coke and the walking, and then when you are used to those changes, add another one or two to the mix. It kinda fools the brain into not seeing that things have changed.
Make sure that you eat within your calorie range, and don't UNDEReat. i.e. - if you are a fair bit overweight, then eating 1200 calories and exercising isn't a good idea - you need more calories. Also ensure that you eat ALL of your meals and don't skip any. Keep an eye on the Nutritional balance of fats/carbs/protein because this will allow you to see the best results and help to reduce any hunger that you may have.
Apart from that, your food choices seem pretty good to me :-) Long may you continue to enjoy them :-D
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5 4/2/13 9:45 P
Hello everyone. I am just starting this new way of eating and want to know if I am doing it right.
First a little background on myself. I am 27 years old, work full time and have a son, and started out monday morning weighing 264 pounds. My first goal is to get under 200 pounds. Prior to monday I could easily drink a 2 liter of coke in a day and ate whatever, whenever. That included candy, fast food and all junk food. I decided to quit drinking soda and eating all of that junk food and bought a lot of fruit, some veggies, tuna in water and lean ground turkey. Monday I ate a few strawberries, an apple, an orange, baby carrots, a few sliced cucumbers and a handful of grapes throughout the day. Lunch was a lean cuisine and dinner was a spring mix and spinach salad with half a chicken breast and light dressing. I also drank one cup of coffee with sugar free creamer and lots of water. Today I ate and drank about the same. For exercise I just walked 30 minutes after work. I have lost 3 pounds so far.
I was just wondering if this sounds like a good plan. Am I eating too much fruit or not enough of something? I am new to veggies and don't know of many that I like.
Sorry this was so long but I do appreciate any imput. Thank you in advance!
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