Focus less on the calories and more on the nutrients. The reason you're given a bottom calorie target is because that's about how much food it would take to give you all the nutrients you need, assuming you choose healthy foods.
Along with your calorie range, SparkPeople gave you suggested ranges for protein, fiber, calcium, and a bunch of other nutrients. Choose a couple of those (the three I mentioned specifically are the ones I watch) and make sure you hit at least the lower target. Also make sure you get at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables (10-12 servings is even better.) That will help you know what to eat. If you hit your nutrient targets, you'll almost always hit or exceed your calorie minimum.
current weight: 132.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,719)
3/18/14 10:17 P
Well, if you are used to "drinking your calories" - maybe a switch from soda to "smoothies" might be the easiest way for you to transition? You can put a lot of nutrition (and calories) into a smoothie - some people make them with peanut butter, chia seeds, protein powder etc. etc. which adds a lot of (nutritious) calories.
If smoothies aren't your thing, just try for some higher-calorie nutritious foods in small portions - nuts and seeds, cheese, avocados, fatty fish like salmon... not sure which if any of these items are "to your taste" but all would be good nutritious additions to your day.
Good job kicking the soda habit! That is a tough one!
Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE** Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE** Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)
My name is Angela and I am 240 pounds and having issues eating enough calories. I have spent many many years drinking my calories with soda. I drank soda all day and hardly ate anything. Now I am completely off the soda and have a horrible time eating enough calories. Anyone have any ideas on how I can get about 600 to 800 more calories into my day that is good for me?
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