Sp recommends 1200- 1550 calories. That is not a suggestion to eat 1200, but somewhere in that range. You should be eating in the middle of the range, not at the bottom.
The types of foods you eat will affect your hunger/cravings. It isn't just about calories. Yes, you may have enough food at 1400 calories, but 1400 of lean meats, healthy fats, and fruits/veggies will have you feeling full, whereas 1400 calories of cereal and mac & cheese will leave you hungry. It is not about quantity, but quality.
A calorie is a calorie, true. However, you are eating extra calories to gain weight, so that is not the point. The point is, you can't stop yourself from eating extra calories. That is from the types of foods you eat. Processed foods, sweets, starches can cause cravings, even when you have eaten enough calories.
Eating real, whole food, that you made yourself from ingredients, will be food that does not trigger these cravings. That allows you to eat the right amount of calories, and lose weight effortlessly. You simply won't feel hungry, so you won't overeat.
I used to binge at night, eating 3000-6000 calories a night after an 1800 calorie day. I ate a lot of processed carbs, and drank Pepsi, and I was always hungry, even after eating 8000 calories. I chose to get rid of certain carbs, and to focus on fruits, and vegetables to get my daily carbs, and lost 140 lbs, while never being hungry in the last 4 years, provided I didn't eat these starchy, sugary, processed carbs. Yes I eat low carb, but I still get 10-15 servings of fruit/vegetables a day. What types of carbs we eat makes all the difference.
Look at the food you cheat on, and you will note that it is these same starchy, sugary, processed foods. Bean burritos, chip and dip, pop, candy bars, honey buns etc. No one even sits down and cheats with a leg of lamb. Have you ever heard someone say, " Oh man! I ate 3 lbs of venison last night, and I feel horrible today? " No, because your body works correctly, and after eating 500 calories of this, you would feel full.
It isn't a choice to eat an extra 1000 calories. You are already full, and can't stop it. You feel bloated later, and might get a runny nose. You feel sick, but it happens 2-3 times a week, if not 7 times. Something is broken, and it is not your willpower, it is your diet.
You are eating garbage, and it tells your body to eat more, triggers cravings, and removing these foods, removes those cravings. It sounds so simple, and it is basically. Getting it right is the trick though. Pay attention to the foods that you eat that cause cravings, and replace them with healthier alternatives. This will take a bit of work ( cooking own meals ), and time ( tracking correctly ). I would suggest pre-planning, instead of post-tracking, as afterwards you are just a witness to the devastating diet you just ate. With a plan set for the day, you just eat what you put into the tracker. You will need to make sure you can follow this plan, and eliminate obstacles. It may be harder, and not quite as tasty as mac & cheese, but I think avoiding diseases, and obesity, so that you can live a longer, healthier life is worth a little more work, don't you?
Russell - current BMI 28.6
197 - bmi 30 - done
164 - bmi-25
| current weight: 183.4