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11/15/13 1:49 A

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The calorie intake is meant to be a guide only, so it is possible to fall outside of it and still be perfectly healthy/on track.

As others have mentioned you'll want to make sure that you're consuming all the nutrients you need in the food you're eating. At this point it could be that you're eating really hardy and filling foods (which is good), but that you don't have enough variety in your diet. This is a problem because you'll be missing out on vital nutrients, but also because you can very easily become bored by what you're eating and so while you'll lose weight in the short term, you won't have the stamina to keep up with it and are not learning to craft balanced and healthy meals that you can use for life rather than just for when you want to shed pounds.

One thing you could be missing out on is fresh fruit and vegetables. In my experience, I've found that I'll sometimes go over or be higher in my calorie range when tracking than I thought I would be due to fruits and veggies. Things like sweet potatoes, bananas, oranges, or avocadoes can be a lot higher in calories than one might think, but they're also super rich in great nutrients.

Another possibility I can think of is activity level. Some days when I'm just at home and I don't have much to do that day I hardly eat a lot at all (and usually have to remind myself oh yeah it's 2pm I should probably eat lunch at some point!), but on days when I'm super physically active or busy doing schoolwork, office work, etc I can eat like a horse and still be hungry. So, it could be possible that your activity level is low enough that you don't need to eat more and you could try to amp it up a little or just eat less to follow the activity level.

The last thing I can think of is snacks. A lot of the time I prefer to snack throughout the day. And often I'll eat 4 or even 5 smaller "meals" consisting of about 250 calories or less depending on my mood. I tend to have times when I don't want to eat anything for hours even though I know I'm hungry, but the thought of eating a full meal makes me nauseous, so small meal/snacks can work better for me and tends to boost your appetite.

At the end of the day though, if there's nothing else going on, that could just be the way your metabolism works. If you're not hungry, you're not hungry and you shouldn't force yourself to eat.

Edited by: NEARLYNINA at: 11/15/2013 (01:52)
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12/19/12 10:49 A

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I always find myself in that boat ANDABADA. I barely make the minimum 6 days a week. I know they say it can sabotage your weight loss if you are not eating enough but I have my 3 meals a day and 2 snacks and I find that is enough to statisfy me. I have one day a week, usually Friday, where I make it to my maximum or a little over (cheat meal) and I am still losing 2 lbs a week. I just don't think it's right to eat when you aren't hungry because we are supposed to be changing our relationship with food and avoiding over-eating.
However loving the advice about watching the nutrients. Thanks everyone.

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7/4/12 12:07 P

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I find if I don't meet the bottom of my range, I'm usually lacking in carbs and protein. Sometimes then I'll have a snack of Wheat Thin Crackers and kielbasa

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3/3/11 9:37 P

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fair point.

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3/2/11 7:43 A

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It's definitely nice to indulge in a treat now and then too though. emoticon

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2/22/11 9:09 P

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dragonfly's advice is right on the money: focus on the nutrients you're missing!

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2/20/11 12:40 P

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When I don't meet my calorie intake, I look at my other nutrients, especially my fiber and protein. I always have a hard time meeting those, so if I have "extra" calories, I go right for something that's high in one of those two things, because I know I always am in need of them.

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What she said! I'm usually the kind of person who will grab myself a treat - maybe a piece of chocolate or something.



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7/20/10 8:22 A

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I'm never sure what to do when that happens... I usually end up having some kind of treat for myself a little later on, about a couple hours after supper. Something not horrifically unhealthy, but that I enjoy and is a bit higher in calories than I would normally like to have... Either that, or I just accept it, and realize that it will make up for some day that I went over my calories from eating out or something.

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So im stuffeddddd.... I couldnt eat any more if i wanted to. I had a healthy breakfast lunch and dinner. Didnt feel the need to snack at all today. I try and only eat when im hungry but its almost 6:30 and im done dinner and a few hundred calories below what i should be eating. I dont like eating late at night but i know its important to get enough calories too. This doesnt happen all the time but definitly sometimes. Any ideas on how to get my calories up but still keeping it healthy? emoticon

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