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KAITLINLOOSIN Posts: 254
10/22/10 10:54 A

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Thanks so much! I'm going to check it out, especially now that I know how little it costs - at least compared to what I was expecting!! Thanks again!

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10/21/10 8:09 P

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Everyone kinda finds what it takes I believe. Everyone is so different. When I got serious w/ healthy food, and heavy exercise classes 2/3 week. And maybe few weights at home , I realized that I had to keep my calories around 1000 to loose weight. I felt bad cause everyone said not to. The metabolic testing reconfirmed what I had figured out(nurse was surprised too). I'm a couch potato person unless I'm at gym working out. My metabolic rate was a bit lower than average it showed. I'll probably test again when it is offered at gym to see if anything has changed.

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10/21/10 8:05 P

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YMCA had it set up with local hospital. Nurse came in did several tests, step tests then breathing into a machine...stuff like that. Cost like $40.00 IT WAS SO WORTH IT ! I think most hospitals will do it. Metabolic rate testing. It told me what I burn daily w/out exercising, etc. They were able to tell me what calories I needed to loose weight, and where I needed to be to maintain my weight. I have also double checked it by wearing heart rate monitor 24 hr. and they were right. lol

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KAITLINLOOSIN Posts: 254
10/21/10 6:16 P

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VKKESU - I'm interested in what metabolic testing is and how it works - could you tell me about it?

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10/21/10 8:29 A

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I get very cranky under 1300 calories, so I stay around 1300-1600 but I will go down to 1200-1300 every so often.

A few standards for me...

Breakfast Egg whites scrambled with 1/2 yolk and 1 or 1/2 oz. 2% cheese OR rice crispies and 1/2 cup 1% milk OR nutrition bar (if I'm in a screaming hurry).

Lunch - depends - apple, tuna and crackers OR lowfat yogurt OR something else and usually with some peapods for my veggie...

Dinner - baked or broiled fish, grilled chicken or lean beef, usually 2 kinds of green veggies. Sometimes corn, sweet potato. Sometimes salad, and usually with a big fruit salad for dessert.

I always figure calories so I can have my non-fat mocha.

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10/20/10 9:02 P

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My body needs food every 2/3 hours so (w/metobolic testing through hospital) my calories to loose weight have to be 1000-1200 a day. I have to be very picky to be able to eat all day w/ that low of calories. lol

Breakfast - oatmeal, or 1/2 turkey sandwich,or jimmy deans skillet breakfast (LOVE IT)I dislike eggs so don't add them. 200-300 cal.
Snack - -carrot sticks, grapes, etc. mainly fruit.
Lunch - soup or lean cuisine, steamers lunch (200-300 calories) and spinach salad w/ peppers,carrots, apples ?
Snack - sometimes fat-free yogurt or whey protein drnk.
dinner - small serving of whatever we are all having to make it up to the 1000-1100 mark.
8:30 pm snack -100 cal popcorn
While working out 3 days a week I lost 1 1/2# a week, Spinach salad worked really well...can eat alot w/little calories. low carb barrito wraps w/spinach and tuna good too...apples in yogurt.

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10/19/10 4:19 P

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I was told by a dietician to eat 1200 calories a day to lose weight (short and 54 years old). I have found this to be too low for my lifestyle. I was starving and getting a lot of headaches. So I'm aiming for 1400 calories which is doable for me. I try to keep each meal at about 300 calories with 3 snacks of 100 calories each, knowing I'll go over a little bit. I am up early with breakfast at 5:45 AM then not able to eat lunch until noon, so the snacks are needed. Usually oatmeal or egg for breakfast with fruit, a snack of fruit and almonds, lunch is a sandwich with salad or other veggie, afternoon snack of Trisuits and almonds. Dinner is lean meat and 2 veggies or somtimes one veggie and a small potato.
Evening snack of yogurt or my favorite Skinny Cow bars. (100 calories of chocolate) My portion sizes are small, always a little less that what's on the package. I'm losing weight very slowly...only 1 pound a week if I'm lucky. But this plan with snacks built in is what works best for me.

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10/18/10 2:33 P

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Breakfast: milk protein drink (lactose free, it ends up being about 200 calories)

Morning snack (about 2 hours later): nutrigrain bar (or something about the same calories ...about 190)

Lunch: Today was chili, tomorrow it will be a veggie garden soup (if it turns out ok... if not then it will probably be fish)

Snack: today it is a peach

Dinner: Chicken thigh and veggies

Typically I will have tea of some sort with lunch... sometimes I will have another tea at dinner... today I am going to have a soda on my afternoon snack break because I am about to fall asleep at my desk.

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10/18/10 5:27 A

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10/18/10 3:35 A

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My calorie intake goal has been 1350, so a bit outside of your range, but close enough I think.

I started aiming for 400 calorie meals, 3 meals a day, plus one 150calorie snack, which at first was a post workout snack/meal, then was a mid-afternoon snack. More recently I've been having 450 calorie meals regularly, because I tend not to eat snacks and end up lower than I'd like for calories.

For a 400-calorie meal, I aim for 20g protein, ~10g fat, and between 50 and 70 grams of carbohydrate. This gets me to my minimum of 60g protein, 32g fat, and 180g carbohydrates.

For breakfast, I have around 150calories grain (1/2c dry oatmeal, ~1c cereal like Cheerios, or 2 pieces of toast), a piece of fruit (usually a small banana, ~90calories), a protein/fat source (1 egg, ~1oz cheese, or ~2oz turkey sausage), and 1cup skim milk (if I have cereal, I have it with the milk; if I make oatmeal, I make it with milk instead of water). I mix it up a little with a 1/4c of raisins in the oatmeal instead of the banana, or an apple, with a couple of pieces of the apple chopped up and put in the oatmeal if I'm eating oatmeal.

Lunch is usually a sandwich (2 pieces bread) with deli turkey for protein, butter for fat, and cheese for both; or peanut butter and jelly, which is less protein but still not bad. I finish it off with a serving of fruit and a serving of veggies.

I've recently taken up making a casserole type dish of 5-6 servings to have for dinners all week long. I've tried a few different things, but they have so far been 1 serving of pasta (2oz dry), 3oz of chicken, 1 serving of veggies, and 1-2 oz cheese per serving. I also have another serving of veggies on the side.

I have every meal in balance; some amount of grain, some amount of protein, some amount of fat, often a serving of dairy, and either fruit or veggie, or both. A banana a day for breakfast really helps me get the potassium in, but having an apple or raisins every once in a while is nice.

Also another good breakfast idea I make on Sundays usually, is french toast. 2 pieces multi-grain or whole wheat bread dipped in 1 egg mixed with ~1/4c to 1/3c skim milk and cinnamon and/or vanilla extract. Using a bit more milk like that keeps the french toast moist, so it soaks up less syrup and, at least for me, keeps me from wanting to add more syrup than I need. 1 tsp butter and 1 tsp pure maple syrup per piece, a piece of fruit, and the rest of 1c of skim milk to drink (1c less whatever you use for the french toast coating; easiest is to just measure out one cup, then pour what you need/want in with the egg). It's not as healthy, but it's not unhealthy, and it is a very nice treat.

I've gotten to where I don't need anything sweet added to my oatmeal, although raisins add a nice sweetness themselves, and I always add cinnamon. However if you need a bit of sweetness, I recommend pure maple syrup or honey. Maple syrup has 16 2/3 calories per tsp, and you'll probably find yourself not needing more than 1-2 tsps, or maybe a tbsp if you have a sweet tooth, which is an extra 50 calories, but not really so bad. Honey is also a good natural sweetener that you won't need a lot of to get the sweetness you want. Either of these will add less calories for the sweetness than sugar or brown sugar.

A little bit lengthy, but what can I say, I'm thorough. I hope this helps!

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10/17/10 7:02 P

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Am curious and seeking ideas too. I'm in New Zealand so some of my things won't match up

Smile .... it makes people wonder what you're up to ;-)

The fourth glass of wine is always a good idea before you do it and a really bad idea afterward! ;-)

It is far easier to MAKE time to exercise than it is to FIND time to exercise. You want results???? MAKE it happen.


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10/17/10 4:48 P

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I am looking to eat between 1200 and 1300 calories a day but am looking for some new ideas for what to eat. What do you usually eat in a normal day if you are staying withing that range too (breakfast, lunch and dinner)?

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