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what about that 2,000 calorie average diet?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Even when I go "way over" calorie count, I'm at somewhere between 1700 and 1800 calories (should be closer to 1550). And yes, I stay at or above my initial weight -- zero weight loss in years. Are those folks who are eating 2,000 calories a day all obese? Or is it just my slowed-down metabolism??

  
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DWHATABOUTB 6/3/2014 10:47PM

    I just know if I stop trying, then I have surely lost the battle. If u have time, check out my previous posts on what's working for me.

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GLUCOZA 9/23/2013 8:50PM

    It is very hard to lose weight without exercising, sweating and eating consistently less (with rare exceptions). There has to be sacrifice, extra effort, getting out of your comfort zone.

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CATE195 7/21/2013 9:26AM

    SparkPeople has worked for me, Weight Watchers not so much. Of course, I can choose not to log on to SP, which is what has happened over the past 5 years or so. I haven't tried the buddy thing, maybe that would work for you. Just a suggestion.

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KITT52 7/20/2013 7:39AM

    we all must find what works for us....Spark People worked for me

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same food, different calorie counts!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

I find that it is SO easy to count the same foods and wind up with wildly different calorie counts! How many calories in a slice of cheese pizza? One answer is 120; another is 450!

On the same day, I realize, I could reasonably count myself as 50 calories UNDER my goal or hundreds of calories OVER my goal! The only way to be absolutely sure of calories is to eat only the plainest food in precise quantities -- or, alternatively, to eat only packaged, pre-cooked foods with nutritional labels. Either way... yuck!

Could this be why I don't drop the pounds??

  
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GYPSYGOTH 11/17/2013 5:55PM

    Actually, the packaged foods are allowed to be wrong, too, up to a certain percentage, way bigger than you'd like.

The best way is to buy WHOLE foods and a scale. Actually weigh your chicken or beef or whathaveyou (after cooking, generally, is the nutritionals they're giving you), and use a cup measure for grains, and a tablespoon measure for oils, and don't let things become "heaping" measures... and then eat lots and lots of high-water vegetables without much on them at all if you can, because those will not ever ever make you fat. Cukes, peppers, spinach and other greens, etc... (If you hate chopping, try splurging for some pre-cut ones, either packaged or from the salad bar! This works for fruit salad too! It's more expensive, but if you'll eat it instead of letting it rot, it's worth it!)

It is fine to use estimates now and then if you don't find something specific in the tracker and can't import it from elsewhere online. Just try to be sure that most of the time, you are preparing the food yourself so you know exactly what goes into it. emoticon

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KITT52 7/20/2013 7:40AM

    it can be frustrating but thats life

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BITHOO 11/16/2012 7:18AM

    Libby - I guess common sense helps a little... I am pretty sure that a middle sized slice of restaurant pizza is more the 100 and less than 700 calories, but whether this particular slice was 200, 300, or 400 calories is beyond me! Part of the problem is I don't know if it's "like" pizza hut or dominos, since I haven't eaten at either place in about 20 years!

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LIBBYL1 11/15/2012 9:31PM

  I also noticed this..... and try not to cheat myself by scrolling through for the lowest calories for a particular meal..

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Any moderate eaters, exercisers, out there?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I've realized that weight loss and exercise sites seem to attract a lot of people who are absolute about their opinions. You MUST eat this, you MUST exercise in that way, etc. But of course SparkPeople isn't really about musts, it's about support for finding your own path. As a weight and exercise "moderate," am I in the minority? Would love to meet other "moderates!"

  
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SALEX52 11/5/2012 4:21PM

    This describes me, too. I'm careful about what I eat, but I also eat out at least once a week. I exercise--sort of. I walk to the bus. I try to get off earlier and earlier so I have a longer walk home. I think about doing something else, but it hasn't happened.
By being moderate, I know that I am creating a life style that will stay with me forever. When I have been a fanatic in the past, that wanes and I'm back to my old ways.

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JJAQUES41 11/4/2012 10:40AM

    I think I fall into that category. Know what I need to do, nothing is strictly "off limits" and trying new things to keep exercise fun and interesting.

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DRAGONCHILDE 11/4/2012 9:23AM

    Not at all! I'm a total moderate. That's one reason I was attracted to SP. It's not about a single way, it's not about starvation or dieting, it's about healthy living. I do tend to work out too much when I do, but I know that moderation is better.

I'm off the wagon a bit right now, and struggling to get back on board, but I'm still very moderate!

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how low do I need to go?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

just lowered my calorie intake by 100 cal per day; hoping it will be enough to make a difference to my weight. So far, after several weeks of sticking to the assigned calorie range, I've lost only about 1/2 lb...

  
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REDDBETSY 12/7/2012 9:34AM

    I have been having this problem, too. When I started, the first 10 fell off, then I have stalled out ever since. I think that my body is holding on to calories to figure out if this is the "new normal," or if maybe we are starving/running for our lives (treadmill-style). I figure that I will just try to keep rolling along and it will happen.
Increasing muscle mass will help burn more calories at rest, even though it does not change the scale (or changes it for the worse)-- keep eating protein and building muscle!

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one day at a time...?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

OK, I'm gonna give this one day at a time concept a try. JUST FOR TODAY I will avoid eating any sweets EXCEPT 2 Dove Promises after dinner... and JUST FOR TODAY I will keep my calorie intake to no more than 1300.

  


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