I used to do the samr thing. What helped me begin to drop the weight was eating 5-6 small meals a day. My calories are between 1350-1770. I aim for 1500-1600, but will allow more if I exercise super hard, or feel really hungry after drinking water.
My breakfasts are about 300 calories. I eat a bulky breakfast... Which includes a meal like 1/2 c nonfat yogurt with a tsp of sugar and 1/4-1/2 c of fruit. I usually excercise after I eat that. Then, I eat a bowl of oatmeal. (1/2 c dry + 1/4 c 1% milk & a tsp of sugar.) This is about 350-400 calories, depending on my fruit... You can also cut 50 calories by using 1/3 cup of oatmeal.
For lunch, it depends... sometimes it is leftovers from the night before's dinner... I aim for about 400 calories. What I am loving, lately is Sara Lee 45 calorie breads. I make a sandwich with those & some turkey, for about 50 calories... then, I eat a cup of carrots & a TBS of Sunbutter. (My daughter has peanut allergies, so you could use PB)
Dinner is usually something from Sparkrecipes for under 400 calories. I allow 500 calories for dinner, and a lot of the SP dinners are in the 300 calorie rnge, so I eat a low-calorie muffin or some sort of dessert with dinner.
Between lunch and dinner, [and about 3 hours after dinner) I eat 150 calorie snacks... which can be a bowl of yogurt & fruit, oatmeal, a cheese stick with an apple, etc. There are tons of 150 calorie snacks...
You can bulk out your food with veggies. They are low calorie, but will fill you up... and since you'll be eating every 3 or so hours, your metabolism will rev up, and you'll lose weight.
Also, I find that when I overdo the exercising, I don't lose as fast...
I also calorie cycle (where my aim is 1300-1700 calories...) I eat in the 1350 range for 2 days, 1700 for one, over and over again... this tricks your body so it never readjusts to expect 1300 calories [thus slowing down your metabolism].
Anyway, those are some tricks I use, and I am halfway to my goal... I have lost an anverage of 1 lbs a week, even though we gained 4 (HARD TO LOSE) calories at Thanksgiving. :)
Edited by: AUBREYJO at: 12/15/2008 (19:34)
Workin on losing the baby weight so I can get back to "maintaining" my 100 lb weight loss... Ticker reflects PP weight and my goal weight...
"Behind every beautiful thing there’s been some kind of pain." ~ Bob Dylan ~ Not Dark Yet
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