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PKJONES2 Posts: 469
6/15/12 9:30 P

Yes I work out with the spark people fitness tracker, I walk with Leslie Sansone video for cardio, usually one hour which is 5 miles for my cardio. I work out 5 days a week.

I use crisco to cook my eggs but will start using olive oil from now on.

I usually try to eat around 1400- 1700 calories or more. Its what the Spark people said for me to go by,

I don't have a scale I try to go by cups and tbs.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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6/15/12 7:40 P

Don't cut your eggs if that's how you're staying full! I was just wondering what you were frying the eggs in. Eggs are great sources of all kinds of nutrients, and will help in the long run. What you fry them in can sabotage you!

I'm just concerned that you're actually not getting enough to eat. You've lost a lot of weight, fast (congrats!) but it's not going to be possible for you to keep up that rate of weight loss. 1200 calories just isn't enough for someone over 200 pounds! Are you exercising any? Mowing the lawn is great, but isn't a replacement for regular exercise.

When I got started, I was 211, and was working out just 30 minutes, 3 X per week... and my calorie range was 1800-2100! I think you may be undereating.

If you're having trouble with portions, I'd suggest weighing and measuring everything... I was stunned at how much I was eating! What I thought was a normal portion was twice as much. My little digital scale helps me keep my portions in control, especially of the things I love the most.

PKJONES2 Posts: 469
6/15/12 5:50 P

Than DRAGONCHILDEks I tried eating an apple an dannon light yogurt and a thin bagel this morning but my stomach was growling before 10:00. I will try and eat more vegetables, I usually fry the eggs or scramble them in an omlet with green peppers ham and onions. I find I don't get as hungery if I eat eggs in the morning, I'm trying to cut out the sausage and bacon to only 2 a week. I use light butter and very little on my bagel. I only drink water all day. I'm sure I'm eating more than its saying because I'm not very good at calculating the sizes yet. I started out at 240 in March and I'm down to 209. I live on a big lot thats on a hill so every week end I cut grass and it really burns my calories. This is usually when I splerg

PKJONES2 Posts: 469
6/15/12 5:39 P

Thanks I am trying to cut back on my fat intake, I do good every where but there on my food tracker.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
6/15/12 5:09 P

Instead of looking for "protein without fat", look at how you can reduce the fat you're already eating to make room for more protein, because it comes with fat.

Take a look at the fat sources in your tracker and think about how you can reduce those intakes a little so that there's room for protein-with-fat to be added to bring the protein up. Maybe switch creamy dressings to tomato ones, reduce the amount of butter used, fry with a spray of oil in a non-stick pan instead of tablespoons of it.

PKJONES2 Posts: 469
6/15/12 4:52 P

Thanks, I already use turkey burger, instead of beef. I eat plenty of chicken breast, I just wanted some different ideas.

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6/15/12 3:34 P


"Good Protein"

Seafood is an excellent source of protein because it's usually low in fat. Fish such as salmon is a little higher in fat, but it is the heart-healthy kind: omega-3 fatty acids.

White-Meat Poultry
Stick to the white meat of poultry for excellent, lean protein. Dark meat is a little higher in fat. The skin is loaded with saturated fat, so remove skin before cooking.

Milk, Cheese, and Yogurt
Not only are dairy foods -- like milk, cheese, and yogurt -- excellent sources of protein but they also contain valuable calcium, and many are fortified with vitamin D. Choose skim or low fat dairy to keep bones and teeth strong and prevent osteoporosis.

Eggs are one of the least expensive forms of protein. The American Heart Association says normal healthy adults can safely enjoy an egg a day.

One-half cup of beans contains as much protein as an ounce of broiled steak. Plus, these nutritious nuggets are loaded with fiber to keep you feeling full for hours.

Pork Tenderloin
This great and versatile white meat is 31% leaner than 20 years ago.

Fifty grams of soy protein daily can help lower cholesterol about 3%. Eating soy protein instead of sources of protein higher in fat -- along with a healthy diet -- can be heart healthy.

Lean Beef
Lean beef has only one more gram of saturated fat than a skinless chicken breast. Lean beef is also an excellent source of zinc, iron, and vitamin B12.

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6/15/12 3:04 P

Hmm, I looked over your last week or so's worth of trackers, and overall, you're doing pretty well, though you're not eating a whole lot of vegetables. I see you are getting salads, which is good, but adding more fresh veggies will go a long way to filling you up and helping you get the nutrients you need.

I'm not an expert with macronutrients, but I think a lot of your problem is coming from your condiments. You eat a lot of mayo, butter, and dressing on things, and I notice you have fried eggs every morning... what are you frying them in? If you cooked your eggs more healthfully, perhaps that would help?

You also eat a lot of processed pork products like sausage and bacon. Maybe try swapping those out for turkey-based versions?

1200 calories is very low, especially for someone over 200 lbs... what is your current weight loss goal per week? Generally speaking, 1200 calories is generally only appropriate for very slight and/or sedentary women cloe to their goal weight. When you get placed in this range, it's usually because you've set a too-aggressive goal for weight loss. You may find it easier to meet your nutrition needs if you eat more!

I think part of your problem is that you're not eating enough! It's hard to meet your nutritional needs on so little.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 6/15/2012 (15:07)
PKJONES2 Posts: 469
6/15/12 2:03 P

Hi, I was wondering if you have any suggestion on how I can can more protein without the fat, I am trying to get my protein count up but I always seem to go over the fat count. I would appreciate any helpful suggestions.

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