fabulousmum-- I think Sp doesn't take nursing moms' calorie needs because they have another website called babyfit.com which is for pregnant and breastfeeding women. I prefer this site, so I went in and manually changed my calorie goals to 1800-2000, more than the recommended 1300-1600 SP originally suggested for me.
So I guess my suggestion for you is go to your start page and go to the "my goals" box and change your calorie goal to about 500 more than the suggestion.
Hope that helps!!
Mom of four and weirdo in Vibram Five Finger shoes!
I just started out counting calories 2 weeks ago and I've lost weight. I haven't checked to see how much pounds exactly - I'll check my weight monthly (for now) but my measurements have reduced by 1-3.5 inches! Great! This really works. What have I been doing? Counting calories (with a passion). Measuring my food to stay within my calories recommended. I have also been drinking loads of water - I drink up to 12 8oz glasses on some days but nothing less than 8 glasses. And then I have been exercising on the elliptical. However, my exercise routine has not bene as religiious as my counting calories and recording foods eaten daily.
I am shedding but I am also concerned about the amount of calories I should consume as I feel dizzy sometimes. I now know I should consume 500 more. But why does sp not consider bf moms in calculating calories?
For me, it's crucial to have good, healthy food on hand because I get ravenous - nursing gives me an enormous appetite. I need to arrange meals and snacks ahead of time, so that even when things are crazy, I have the right options (e.g, fruit and veggies rather than Doritos and M&Ms).
The second one is tracking. I'm still working on getting the calorie/exercise balance right.
Mine was getting the right calori / exercise balance. I had to experiement. I actually needed to eat more calories. And as a PP stated I ate whole grains, fruits, and veggies to get those extra calories. I treat myself too, occasionally. I also needed to get a little bit more exercise in. All in all it came down to eating enough to produce milk and exercising enough to lose weight.
Mine would be, writing everything I eat down! I was slowly losing before I re-joined SP. But since I re-joined, and started writing everything down, I have lost 8 pounds in the past 35 days! This is working for me!
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