It is important to stay in your calorie range so your metabolism doesn't slow and you experience slowed or stagnant weight loss.
I'd recommend adding some between meal snacks to help boost your calorie intake.
The slimfast shakes tend to be very high in sugar and saturated fats. I'd try to avoid those. If you want to have a shake in the morning, try a protein shake. Other great breakfast ideas are oatmeal (not the instant sugary kind) and add your own fruit, nuts or nut butter, egg whites, seeds, spices, milk, soy milk or almond milk etc. If you can get (like) steel cut oats it's higher in cals, fibre and protein than quick oats. Or some low-fat plain Greek yogurt (higher in protein than reg. yogurt but reg. is fine too) with fresh fruit and low fat, low sugar granola. Even eggs and toast is fine. I make pancakes with oats, cottage cheese and egg whites that contain no flour, super low in cals and sugar and high in protein.
Lunch & Dinner- think a fresh protein (like chicken, turkey, fish/seafood), a complex carb (whole grain pasta, brown rice, legumes or lentils) and lots of veggies (a salad or steamed veggies). You can do the same for dinner. Wraps or sandwiches are fine too just try not to use lunch meat (fresh meat is better), lots of veggies and even some fruit and try to use a really grainy bread. Soups or stews can work, just aim for lower sodium and low saturated fat.
You can check out Sparkrecipes for some more ideas. It's under your Articles and Videos tab. You can also do I like I did when I was first starting out and check out long-time, successful member's nutrition trackers and see what kinds of foods they're eating. Just click their Sparkpage and if they have it open to the public you'll see it in the top left hand corner of their page.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 1/30/2013 (19:30)
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