SP gives a range rather than just a generalized number. What range has SP set for you? I think at your weight, it is possible that 1550 cal's might not be enough.
Sometimes it takes a bit of playing around to find what works best for you. I am a firm believer in weighing all of your food for increased accuracy and entering it all into the Nutrition Tracker. That actually helped to keep me on track and focused, which in turn allowed me to lose the weight after having been overweight for about 30 years. Some people work best on 3 meals a day - no snacks. I find that 3 meals, plus (mostly) 3-4 snacks works best for me, but sometimes manage on 2 snacks.
Make sure that you get a good amount of lean protein with each meal - that will help to keep you full, as does fats, but the protein is roughly half the calories per gram, than fat. Eliminating processed carbs (white flour, sugar, cakes, biscuits, sweets, sodas, etc.) will help you considerably because those foods are generally nutrition poor but calorie high.
Make fruits and veges your best friends. I always have fruit for the bulk of my snacks, but I learned to NOT have a whole fruit at a time. Instead I will have 1/4 or 1/3 of an apple or pear, or 1/2 banana. Sometimes I have some low fat good quality yoghurt as well, but only 4-5 spoons of it. My breakfast is mostly Rolled Oats with some Baker's Bran (flakes, not cereal), and 1/2 banana, plus 1/2 cup low fat soy milk which includes for my cup of tea as well. I find that far more filling than other quality cereals, but my sister finds it in reverse. Sometimes I have 2 slices quality whole-grain bread (toast) with mashed banana and cinnamon, yoghurt and cuppa, and altho' the calories are often more, it doesn't fill me for as long as the lower calorie Rolled Oats.
I generally work on around 300 calories for breakfast, 3-400 calories for lunch, about 450 for dinner, and the rest are snacks, and that is for a 1550-1600 calorie diet - on maintenance.
Make sure that you gradually reduce down to the calorie range, because otherwise you could end up suffering with light-headedness, nausea and could even end up getting woken in the middle of the night with it, as well as genuine and severe hunger pains. I learned my lesson, and went back up and gradually dropped down on 50 calorie increments, giving my body a chance to get used to the changes, and I only had to drop from 1650-1850 cal's down to 1400 (my dietitian gave me no range!)
I am wishing you well for your journey - I am sure that you will find many benefits. My cholesterol levels had been high for a lot of years, even tho' I always ate a really healthy diet, and was on meds for it, and my HbA1c put me in the borderline pre-diabetic range. When I was almost at my goal weight my bloods all came back perfectly normal. The only change for me was losing the weight!
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 7/23/2013 (07:26)
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