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Not Eating Enough!

Friday, January 28, 2011

I am stalled with this weight loss business. I decided to visit a nutritionist for a little kick in the pants to get me on my way. I was dumbfounded when she looked over my 48-hour food journal and said, "You aren't getting enough calories. You need to eat more". I could hardly believe it even though intellectually I know you have to eat to keep your metabolism going. If you take in too few calories your body starts conserving and staving off starvation by slowing down metabolism. Since I've been in the habit of aiming for 1200 calories a day, getting to 1500 to 1800 has been a push. A day later my doctor confirmed the need for 1600 to 1800 calories for anyone for good health. I certainly feel better and I think getting more nutrients (like potassium) helps there. The nutritionist also said that staying adequately hydrated accounts for about 6% of your metabolism. I have a feeling that elliptical (and later, weight lifting) will be a little easier to do.

It's a good day when you learn something new!
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    That whole eating-more-to-weigh-less idea is kind of counter-intuitive, isn't it? You're welcome for the reminder. I think the thing that hit me is that since I've started eating 1500 - 1800 calories (or as close to it as I can get) I feel better. My doctor backed up the nutritionist by saying we need the higher number of calories for health (never mind losing weight). That sort of made me sit up and take notice.

    I haven't started back to going to the gym or lifting weights. I'm giving myself 2 weeks to keep track of my food intake. Then I'll start in slowly (so I don't get overwhelmed and discouraged).

    Good luck to you! It sounds like you are miles ahead of me in understanding what you need to do for good health and weight control.

    2602 days ago
    it is always difficult realizing that i need to eat more to actually lose the weight.... emoticon on taking the time to check with professionals to make sure you are eating the right amount of calories to go along with your excercise emoticon emoticon emoticon .... emoticon for giving me a much needed reminder.... emoticon
    2604 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/29/2011 12:00:45 AM
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