I have problems from time to time with carbs, since I've really cut down on things like pasta, rice, bread etc and gone for more vegetables my carb intake has dropped a great deal, so some days I just have to add a nice hearty piece of whole grain bread. So I guess my question to you would be, with calories low are any of the other categories also low? If so that could help you see what type of food to consume to increase those calories. I'm glad you know the importance of getting the right amount of nutrition every day. I'm willing to bet it is a simple tweak in your meals or snacks that will get you on track. You mentioned that this is a relatively new development, maybe go back a couple weeks to check out your tracked meals and see if you can see where there is a difference. If you find that you simply cannot consume the amount of calories suggested, then maybe take your exercise down to once a day. I know that when my exercise time increased I had to increase my daily caloric consumption, so I would assume that it would work the same way if reversed. Anyways, those are the things I could think of. I hope you'll keep us informed, I'd like to know what you discover.
Edited by: A-NEW-TARA at: 7/30/2012 (02:18)
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Just remember that this is a process and to make changes slowly.
Look closely at your tracker each day and see where improvements can be made. I had the same problem when I started out. I also found out I wasnt using enough fat in my diet. (How odd is that?) I added in healthy oils like olive oil and that gave me what I needed for my body and calorie wise. I also had to up my protein intake some. Doing those helped me loose the weight. I wasn't loosing down at 1100 and 1200. I seem to do best around 1500. On days I do get to exercise is when I eat the upper end of the recommended. On days I don't exercise I eat the lower end of what is recommended. That way my body doesn't get use to my calorie intake just like it will get use to your 'same old exercises' if you do them day in and day out.
Just take your time and see what your body responds to and fill your meals with high quality food choices.
I'm having a hard time eating more than 1,100 calories a day. All of my meals are balanced and full, but I'm just not eating enough (according to my BMR, I should be eating 1,700 a day). I'm full after all of my meals, I'll eat fruits or vegetables in between, and I remain full throughout the day. Is this still wrong? Is it right to force myself to eat?
I think what's making it harder for me is the fact that I've cut everything "bad" out of my diet (i.e. sweets, pop, junk foods, pizza, all breads except for sprouted bread, non-whole wheat pasta, etc), so everything ends up being just protein, low in calories, but high in nutritional value. Also, I'm working out at least 2 times a day. I'm stressing out so much over the fact that I may be taking 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
I think in the back of my mind I'm afraid to eat because I don't want to end up more obese than I already am. I really need to get over this or I'm never going to lose the weight, and more importantly get healthy.
I'd just like to point out that I do understand the harm I'm doing to my body; I understand that my body's metabolism will slow down and begin to store fat, rather than get rid of it, and/or eat away at lean muscle instead of the fat.
I don't think I've completely thrown my body off yet- it's only been about 1.5-2 weeks that I've really struggled, but there have been a few days throughout the weeks that I've been reaching my goal of 1,700. Also, I've been losing weight gradually and slowly, not dropping weight like crazy.
Anyone else ever experience this? I really need some guidance.
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