You're welcome, I am glad you are feeling more confident. The paragym (sp?) for me was that it was okay to eat. I was so used to the low fat, starve yourself and use will power (that I did not have), and then the guilt due to 'failure'....I had to learn that when my body was hungry, it was God's way of telling us to eat, when I was hurting, I did not need to eat, but to care for myself. I guess my plan of action here was to have on program foods to feed myself all the time, just like you are. That anxiety has gotten less as I have found that I really am never hungry. Because I am never hungry, I can make good food choices.
Looking forward to our mutual and continued success :)
I know I am not truly hungry all the time. I just can't be. If there is no food around I can get distracted and then I think, "Hey, I haven't thought about food for 30 minutes... that's weird." And that never used to happen to me. I am hoping for more stretches like that. I have that exact feeling you expressed "fearful of being hungry." i pack so much food for work from the acceptable foods list so I won't be caught without it. I am terrified of being caught without food. I think this whole paradigm shift will take me a while but I am on my way. Can't thank you enough. Your encouragement and advice have me remotivated!!!
Glad that things were better today. Honestly, I do not watch my calories. When I started this in September, I was sometimes eating 2500 calories. This may have been more emotional eating that I was fearful of being hungry, but I just ate when I was hungry. However, now, I still eat between 1400-1500 most days, the other day, I ate 2100 calories....For me, it is learning to "hear" that I am hungry (true physical hunger) vs, eating due to emotional/craving hunger.
So today was better thanks to you guys. I am still pretty hungry during the day but it seems to take a bit longer before I start looking for a snack. I stayed at 19 carbs today but was still pretty high on my calories (1975). No sure how you guys do it for induction. Seems like EVERYTHING has carbs so I have no room for vegtables. Eggs have some carbs, so does splenda and even the heavy whipping cream that reads "0" carbs on the label really has SOME carbs when you start adding up servings. So if I try to just eat higher fat foods and meats that do not have many or any carbs, my calorie counts shoot up right away. it is quite a balancing act!!
thanks Jo. I'm encouraged here starting a new day. About to have my coffee with heavy whipping cream (can't BELIEVE I am saying that) and my eggs with ham and some cheddar cheese. Hope it holds me for a while. :)
Carol-If you are still hungry (especially with the work outs), you will want to eat meats with higher fat. The fat in the meat will fill you up more. Use butter, heavy whipping cream and fat. On a LC program, you are more concerned about keeping the fat intake up than you are about the calories. I do little exercise and am sometimes hungry enough to eat 2000 calories (this is not every day, but sometimes, I am just hungrier than others). If you are a snacker, eat, eat jerky (watch the sugar), eat lunch meat, but dont go hungry. The hunger is telling you you need to eat. Feed yourself.
Remember, these first days, youre body will be changing the conversion of carbs to energy to converting protein to energy. That change of process takes alittle while and usually happens while you are detoxing.
Thanks again for the advice everyone. I did much better today on carbs but I was still way to high on calories. I am just ALWAYS hungry. I wasn't the first few days I went low carb but now my appetite is back with a vengance. I have always been a snacker. I am thinking that it might be due to the fact that I was not cutting down enough on the carbs. Perhaps that is why I never gat that "full" feeling other people get. I also work out A LOT and I think you work up an appetite that way. On the one hand, i am always burning a ton of calories so there is still a deficit, but on the other hand, I am constantly looking for something to eat. I am going to try to keep the carbs very low for a week and see if it makes a difference. I also bought some leaner meats and will start to cut down on my portions so i don't get so many calories from eating all day long. Thanks again!!! Carol
I track all my food in SP in the nutrition calculator because it is easy. If you run the report at the end of the day, it will tell you the percent of carb, protein and fat based upon the food you inputted. I keep my fat intake between 60-75%. Carbs under 15%, protein the rest.
I do not calculate net carbs because it is too difficult as SP does not have a simple way to track. I have not felt that it was necessary as If I keep my regular carbs at 30, then I know my net carbs are under that. Sort of feels like a way to add carbs and sort of feels like "cheating", or I might use it to "cheat" more, so, I just have not felt it important to calculate.
I eat between 12-1800 calories. I find that some days I am hungryier than others. I do not worry as much about calories as I do carbs. And, I eat until I am satisfied. When I get full, I stop. I always eat when I am hungry. Somehow, the calories seem to take care of themselves.
Another thing, if you choose a plan, south beach, Atkins, primal etc, there are webstites that will help you outline for yourself what you can eat. I currently am following atkins and each level of the program has a list of foods that are allowed. This helped me get on track.
I have started using coconut oil, heavy cream and butter to keep my fat intake elevated.
I don't see anything wrong other than your calorie level. You are obviously eating too many calories for maintenance. How many calories you can eat depends on your height, weight, age, activity level, and medical problems. Cut back to between 1200 and 1500 a day and you will lose or stabilize. The weight fluctuation can be due to salt as well. Anything up to 4 pounds is not considered unusual. On low carb you won't likely need as many calories to be satisfied unless you have found a trigger. Most of us use net carbs but some people don't.
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Thanks for all the feedback! If I'm honest with myself, I am having way too many carbs. I am not using the "net carb" calculation where I get some credit for fiber. Should I? It is even worse than I thought because I found lots of hidden carbs in things like Splenda and veggies I was unaware had them. After recalculating the last week, the carbs looked like this: Fri-17, Sat - 23, Sun- 61, Mon- 42, Tues 53. Not sure how to figure out the percentages: Overall calories are about 1,500 to 2,000. Fat is about 100 - 200 g with protein around 100 - 200 g also. Drink tons of water during the week and I learned about high glycemic veggies and just recently cut them out. I think it must be a combination of things; Carbs are too high, calories are too high on a few days and not eating the "legal" food completely on that first week. Where should my fat and protein be??
How much fat are you eating? What is the percentage of calories from fat vs protein? Are you drinking water to flush your system out? Are you eliminating fruit for this first period of time? Are you eating only low glycemic vegetables?
I was Soooooo close to my goal weight (1.5 pounds away) a couple of weeks back and I started eating low carb. I went up in my calories but was at a deficit or at least right around what I burned (I have a body bug and track everything really well). So now I have gained 5 pounds in 3 weeks. I am for sure eating more calories than before but I was STARVING on my low fat diet and always hungry. I'm happier now but worried about this weight gain. Clothes are tight and it is not anything hormonal. Not that week. Any suggestions?? Don't want to give this up yet.
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