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JOANIEBUG46 Posts: 4,212
4/15/13 10:45 A

I got the best advice from a medical doctor. Don't think so much about eating less, but eat MORE vegetables and fruits each day. The higher the volume of nutrient rich/low calorie foods, the easier it is to keep your weight down and energy levels up!!

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (75,493)
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4/15/13 10:40 A

I eat way more food now than when I when I was overweight. The difference is the food I eat now is lower in calories and higher in nutritional value so I get to eat more of it (bulk wise) since it's not as calorie dense as less healthier choices. I also eat more because I'm more active and need more calories. Whenever I plateaued, eating *more* was what helped me to get the scale moving again.

This isn't a contest of "how low you can go". Eating too little can actually harm weight loss in the long run. You will lower your BMR (metabolism) making it harder for you to lose weight. You will begin to experience either incredibly slow weight loss for the amount of calories you're consuming or stagnant weight loss. Not to mention, it's incredibly unhealthy to deny your body much needed calories, macro/micro nutrients. You will also cause your body to want to burn lean muscle/tissue over fat (as it tries to hold onto fat until the bitter end).

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/15/2013 (10:42)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,070
4/15/13 8:46 A

I found that when i went to a plant based diet, I didn't eat as much either. However i stay within my nutrients and calories. I eat bigger meals and have been able to ditch the snacks.

SHERYLDS Posts: 12,066
4/15/13 8:38 A

I found the opposite true also.....
once I ditched all the starches, processed carbs and sugar...
and went for veggies and fruits
I found my plate was loaded with food, calories far lower,
and my appetite cravings were far less.
Was halts my progress are the starch carbs.

PSCHIAVONE2 SparkPoints: (18,628)
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4/15/13 8:29 A

I found just the opposite. Once I started to eat more healthy, I found I could eat more food and stay at my 2000 calorie per day limit. Some days it is difficult to eat 2000.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,152
4/15/13 8:06 A

How many calories do you consume (on average) each day? How does that compare to your recommended calorie range?

Coach Jen

PBPHILLIPS62 SparkPoints: (7,360)
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4/15/13 8:00 A

it's amazing how little food i need. if i eat only a tad bit more than my normal amount, i gain weight! it's crazy how little food i need! i never new

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