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I tracked all my food on fitday.com the first few weeks after I started and I was definitely getting more than 1000 calories a day. I was in the 1800-2200 calories range each day. Because I exercise quite a bit, I eat well more than 1 cup of beans per day, I usually have 2 servings of nuts, I do almond milk and that sort of thing. It adds up quickly, and even those veggies have calories.
Fruit 5-6 (apple, orange, banana whatever) at 100 cal each is 500-600 calories.
Beans 1 cup is 150 cals, 2 cups is 300-325 calories
nuts 1 oz is 180-200 calories
1/2 avocado (2oz) 100 cals
1 cup brown rice 200+ calories
flaxseed, 2 Tb 80 calories
2 Tb dried fruit 50 calories
So,this easily already adds up to over 1000 calories and that's not counting the 2 pounds of veggies.
You could easily turn this into a shockingly low calorie diet if you wanted to, but there's no reason on earth to do so if you don't have to.
Here's the thing - he says if you can eat more than the 1 serving of carbs and lose, then do it. And unless I was suffering from some serious health condition that required fast weight loss, I'd always try the higher end first.
My docs told me I wouldn't be able to lose weight with the two health conditions I have, I'm short, and I'm over 40. You'd think I would be the last one to lose weight while eating so much, but this plan works if you work it.
Edited by: RACHAEL181120 at: 12/6/2011 (16:50)
I tracked the first few days, and I was getting between 1000 and 2000 calories a day. I'm nursing, so I eat more nuts, and those can add up really fast!
It does end up being a low-calorie diet, but to me, that's almost beside the point. The main thing is that it's high-nutrient. I don't think you need to worry about not getting enough calories unless you're underweight, hungry all the time, or pregnant. Worry about getting all the nutrients you need, and you'll be fine.
I was watching a video of DrF last night talking about cooking ETL. He went through a whole day of food and talked about options and combos. At one point, he looked at the chart and said, "That's about 1000 calories." Huh.
Yes, I get the nuts/seeds in everyday. I don't eat a full pound of raw veggies and a pound of cooked veggies because I simply can't eat that much! I end up feeling stuffed and uncomfortable -- which seems to me to be beyond the "eat until you're full" instructions. For grains, some days I eat more than the 1 cup. Some days less. Beans - I probably am a bit short of the 1 cup, but again, it's more a matter of not being able to eat that much. This high volume, low calorie food doesn't leave enough room! Right now, before my breakfast, I am definitely hungry. I'm not ravenous or anything, just hungry.
I have the opposite problem. If I don't eat upwards of 1500-2000 calories a day I am HUNGRY all day.
I think wildstars has a point, are you getting in the little extras (ie nuts) they add up fast and have the healthy fats one needs for proper health.
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I don't count calories. I do find that I am hungrier on some days than others, but it seems to balance out.
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I don't count calories. I do eat more grains and potatoes than Dr. F recommends. I try to eat all the vegetables he promotes and I've limited myself to 2 fruits a day to make up for the added grains.
Recently I've been on a combination ETL and McDougall plan. It has been working for me and I've started losing weight again.
It does sounds like you may not be eating enough. Are you eating a full pound of raw veggies? AND a full pound of steamed veggies? Unlimited fruit? Unlimited beans? Making sure you get your 1 cup of grains a day? Making sure you get your ounce of nuts or seeds a day? Maybe you should add more fruit? Or beans? Or increase your grains.
If you're not hungry and you're losing weight maybe just leave well enough alone. If you reach a plateau or start getting hungry then might be the time to make a change.
If I've learned anything from this experience and the people on these forums - You have to make it work for you. Otherwise it's just another "diet" that will come to an end at some point, then you risk the yo-yo syndrome. This has to be a lifestyle change. You have to figure out a way that you can eat for the rest of your life.
Another thing I always tell people - focus on your health, let the weight loss be a bonus.
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I must say I don't really worry about the low calories too much -- it's just that it was kind of a shock how few calories I am eating. DrF did say that we lose weight on this diet because it's low calorie. As long as I'm not hungry, I don't have a problem with it for now.
Checking the calories was a side effect of making sure I was getting enough protein/vitamins/etc. I went through a period of lethargy, so wanted to see what added up to what. Turns out I was dealing with a smidge of a cold, but I did notice that I needed to do something about the B12 and D, especially. And it also highlighted that I really need to make sure I get my beans, which I'd been lazy with.
Yes, Archimedes and it scared the ? out of me. I don't keep to the diet exactly.
One of the things I love about ETL is that I don't have to track anything. I measure out the limited foods like seeds and nuts but have no idea on the fruits and veggies. The plan worked really well for me weeks 1-3. I wasn't hungry, I lost weight, and I had a ton of energy. Week 4 the weight loss slowed but I also added in an extra serving of grains (quinoa or Ezekiel sprouted bread) on a couple days, plus I increased my exercise, and it was around TOM. I don't have a final verdict on week 4 because I was very off plan last night which lead to a 2.5 pound gain today (my weigh in day). I am back to plan today so we'll see what week 5 brings. I am taking it week by week. As long as I am feeling good (high energy), I am not worrying about calories.
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I couldn't keep up the Fuhrman Eat to Live diet because I was never above 1100 calories and I couldn't lose any weight. Instead, I've chosen to eat a diet that is RICH in fruits and vegetables, especially dark leafy greens. I've learned a lot from this book and this way of eating, but it's not for me, not 100% of the time.
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Hi everyone -
When I've tracked my food, it turns out that the amount of food I eat (eating until full) add up to about 900-1100 calories a day. I usually have to push it to get to the 1100. I know that DrF says eating a lot less calories will extend your life and all, but that just seems kind of low to me. I am not generally hungry between meals. If I do get hungry, I eat something.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has noticed this?