I understand how you feel. It is amazing how much you need to eat. I, again will say that my new favorite snack is an apple with 2 TBS Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter. I love it so much!!! That is an easy way to get a couple hundred calories. Wheat thins and a cheese stick is another way to eat healthy food, but not so much quantity. Low fat cottage cheese or some greek yogurt with fruit. I gues you just have to play around with it and see what works for you. I never knew how hard the adjustment would be, but I am getting there. You will too, very soon. :D
"For you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
I'm sorry to post about having to eat "sooo much" food again but geeze! The slew of food I still have to eat today is crazy! If I were eating my old way, which I was completely content with, I would go home and eat a basic sandwich, some veges and maybe an individual bag of lowfat popcorn and I'd be done. Today's remaining food to eat - holy moly!! I still have required food to eat that would feed two people. Oh gosh! I feel like I'm going to gain weight, not loose! With all that I have remaining to eat, it takes me to only 1,282 calories.
Wow, I thought I was the only one having a problem reaching my calorie goal. I too think that may have been a problem of mine in the past. When I get home from work (6pm) and look at what all I still need to eat to get my calories in, it almost seems like a chore. Sometimes I resort to peanut butter to get that last 100 or so calories in. Last night at 10:30pm, here I was eating a banana -- wasn't hungry at all mind you, but i still needed to eat it to meet my daily goals.
MAINTAINING... it's what I do.
current weight: 1.0 over
Fitness Minutes: (2,893) Posts: 29 2/10/11 10:35 A
Actually, getting enough protein HAS been an issue! I'm not a huge meat-eater, so finding alterante sources of lean protein has been a little tough. I'll try the "hard-boiled-egg-in-the-fridge" trick--that sounds just like the advice I need. Thanks!
current weight: 168.8
Fitness Minutes: (2,238) Posts: 172 2/9/11 11:19 A
I had the same concern actually. Who knew it would be hard to get to that calorie amount? I was worried that because I was under, my body would think I was starving it & conserve fat!
I was still showing a loss though, and I think I am getting better at getting the right calories/day. One of my favourite snacks is almonds, the preportioned packs I buy have 140 calories. I also like the Fibre 1 100 calorie bars. They're a sweet treat with 100 cals & 5 g fibre.
Are you getting enough protein? The clinic I go to recommended more fibre and more protein in my diet. I boil up some eggs to keep in the fridge. One egg is about 75 calories, and tops up my protein count when I am low in that count.
Good luck and keep us posted!
current weight: 222.5
Fitness Minutes: (4,651) Posts: 2,271 2/3/11 11:45 P
I'm allergic to several nuts, but I CAN do almonds and peanutbutter. I do eat some diary (yogurt, etc.) I'll add more of each of these in. It seems that whenever I add more calories (things like nuts, nut-butters, cottage cheese, V-8, etc.), that also get too much sodium (it seems like I almost always go over that in my daily goals). I'll have to look into fiber bars and things like that--that's better than the couple of cookies I've been eating every day to up my calorie count! Ahhhhhh! I know I'll get in the groove eventually, but I get impatient to have it all figured out right now! I guess I need to remember that it took me more than three decades to get where I am...and it's going to take more than two weeks to work it out! Thanks for all of your suggestions!
I agree, peanut butter is good. Also, buy snacks that are good for you with higher calories... like I've just started eating Nutrigrain cereal bars and they're so small and have more calories than I would have guessed. (130 and they're tiny!) I find things like adding honey to my tea or bread helpful too, and no, it's not the greatest thing for me, but it's MY tiny indulgence. =)
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (4,651) Posts: 2,271 2/1/11 10:17 P
Do you eat dairy? If so, then I suggest Greek-style yogurt, which is really popular lately. Very high in protein, and more calories than regular yogurt. My brand has 140 calories and a 23 grams of protein per 8 oz, serving, and no fat. It sounds like you are doing great with the fruits and veggies, but maybe you need to add more protein. Another idea are almonds for the same reasons. Peanut butter is good too. Are these things that you like to eat?
Pounds lost: 6.8
Fitness Minutes: (2,893) Posts: 29 2/1/11 7:40 P
Help! I'm coming up short in getting enough calories eaten every day---I know, never thought I'd have THAT problem, right?!? Well, I'm so full with all of the water I'm drinking and all of the great fruits, whole grains, & veggies, that I can't reach my minimum suggested calorie count. Any ideas? I'm finding that not eating enough calories may explain my lack of weight loss during the last year, despite eating whole foods. Tracking what I'm eating here on the site has opened my eyes in so many ways! Will my body eventually adjust, or am I doomed to eat a 10-cup spinach salad every night...?
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