Hi - Like you, Andriana11, I have had to experiment with my cal. intake. I started at 1500 a day and was gaining weight. I have lowered it at the suggestion of my nurse practitioner.
This is my first time on the message boards so bear with me as I get the hang of it. I belong to several Spark Groups and message there, though.
My goals match what my heart clinic nurse has indicated for sodium (less than 1500/day) and my nurse practitioner (don't have a GP) (1000-1200 cal/day). In about 8 weeks I've been up and down only 4 lbs. and I'm getting very frustrated. Some of the weight variance is due to fluid retention because of my heart condition and I try to control that with medications. The SparksPeople program has set my goals for what I should have for carbs, protein and for fat each day to compliment my calories and sodium goals and for being a diabetic.
My biggest concern has to be sodium and fluid retention just to stay alive. But, having said that, I really need to lose weight - my goal is to lose 55 lbs. I'll still be about 50 lbs. overweight but be at a much healthier weight. When I reach my sodium limit for the day, I am usually below or close to my calorie limit - it seems hard to go over with the sodium limit and I feel full after each meal. But, I seem to be under most days in my Fat and Protein and over in my Carbs. I have a lot of food allergies as well as Crohn's so while I need fresh fruits and veggies and low carbs for my heart and diabetes, those factors don't go with my Crohn's Disease when it's active (most of the time to some degree). With my Crohn's (we all seem to be different) there are a lot of foods I simply can't tolerate - any type of melon, squash and/or legume, many seeds, fat on meats, anything that isn't freshly opened (opened juices, milk, fruits, cheeses, condiments, etc. that might start to mold or ferment), deli meats, and/or anything too spicy hot, I am also supposed to restrict in my fluid intake to 1/.5-2 ltrs a day) 6 cups) and I use up 4 cups of water a day just taking my medications so that only leaves me 2 cups for milk on my cereal or if I want a glass of milk with a meal or a glass of water with a meal. I am thirsty all the time.
I am not very active due to my heart however I try to do Aquafit exercises for 70 mins at a time 4 times a week and on the off days, walk on my treadmill. I have to walk very slowly and I've only managed up to 25 mins so far. Making the bed, drying off after a shower, cllimbing stairs and just bending get me out of breath and dizzy.
If I haven't lost you yet with all that information, does anyone have suggestions for foods I can and should be eating to boost my intake of healthy fats and proteins, and how to cut back on the carbs? If so, then I can see what I can fit in around my previously mentioned lack of tolerance. Even though I'm within or under my calorie limit, perhaps too many carbs is holding back weight loss.
Lin from Peterborough, ON., Canada
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