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12/11/13 3:47 P

Thanks for checking on me RUSSELL_39.
I did speak to my doctor and he agrees with all of everyone's higher calorie healthy foods.
He is running some tests etc to make sure my electrolytes and blood chemistry are in balance and x-rays and ultrasounds to make sure my surgically altered stomach isn't full of scar tissue making me feel full faster and inhibiting digestion. We'll see how it goes.

Thanks again everyone. I really appreciate your advice.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/10/13 8:23 A

Hope you got all your questions answered at the doctor yesterday Cheryl.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,785
12/9/13 11:39 A


It's great that you are working with a dietitian who knows the specifics of your medical condition. That's the best person to ask about how much you should be eating. Here's an article that gives easy ways to boost your calories without having to add a lot of food:

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/9/13 11:32 A

That is good Cheryl. Ask your doctor all of these questions. He may have different advice for you, and you should follow his advice. SP can't factor in personal health issues.

If he says to drink your 8 glasses of water, and eat 2200 calories, tell him about your problems, and don't leave until he answers them to your satisfaction, or at the very least refers you to his dietitian. However, he may tell you to stick to a lower calorie intake, due to your stomach surgery. It is very important that you get your advice from him. There are medical issues that the average person wouldn't consider. People on here might be just trying to help, but it can be harmful, if your overall health issues aren't included in your plan.

I am a diabetic with CHF, so I can't expect the average SP member to know what is best for me. You shouldn't either. Make your doctor earn his pay. Don't leave there with any question unanswered. If need be, make a list before you go.

12/9/13 11:18 A

RUSSELL_39 I average 1300-1400 calories.

SPARK921 I have recently added avocados, hemp hearts and chia seeds, I cannot have nuts but I love cheese. I'll see if I can work out a balance.

I also have an appointment with my doctor today to go over diet related stuff. He has a dietitian working on my case so maybe she has some recommendations also.

It is really hard to eat that much especially when I've also increased my water, which I also have yet to drink the full 8 cups per day.

SPARK921 Posts: 3,353
12/9/13 11:11 A

I agree with Russell. Add nuts, some oil, avocados, cheese, etc. There are many ways to add to your overall caloric intake, if needed, that don't make you feel "too full". I know this for a fact because I have the same issue. I have a hard time getting above 1500 calories a day without eating some higher calorie items because the bulk and protein/carb mini meals I have are just so filling I am NEVER ever hungry before it is time to eat again. Because I have been burning an average of 1000 calories a day with exercise, I have to ensure I get at least 1500 calories minimum. I do this by adding things that Russell suggested.

I still lose every week. And, the weeks I go higher in average calories, I usually lose MORE.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/9/13 11:06 A

How many calories a day are you averaging to eat? How low are you?

12/9/13 10:58 A

SUSAN_FOSTER I just let the Spark Activity Tracker track my steps/workout. I haven't added anything manually.

RUSSELL_39 Thank you for your input. Not much has changed food wise and I have added some extra oil to my stir fry's etc.

Edited by: CHERYLHAMMER at: 12/9/2013 (10:58)
SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
12/9/13 10:52 A

That second range seems way too high given the exercise you describe. Are you somehow double counting in your burning tracking, like getting credit for exercise + for steps?

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
12/9/13 10:51 A

First of all.. 9 lbs in 7 weeks isn't slow at all. Especially if you really lost it in 6-7 weeks, and haven't lost at all in the past 2-3 weeks.

I would aim for getting as high in calories as you can physically do. I eat 2200 calories, and walk 45 mins. a day @ 193 lbs. Hope that helps you see if the calories are right. I don't know your weight, but I walk about the same amount, and eat about the same.

Assuming the range is right, then you may want to eat some higher calorie food, or just stick to a lower level and lose a little faster. If you can't eat 2000, try for 1800. That isn't starvation mode. That isn't why you are not losing. Your body is probably just adjusting. I tend to lose a fair amount of weight, and then hover for weeks at a time too.

If you want to get more calories, I would aim for higher calorie foods that are not junk, like 2 ozs of cheese, or nuts, or some oil, in a veggie and lean meat stir fry. Another option is smaller, more frequent meals.

Most likely though, you should just make sure that you are not eating something different, that slowed weight loss, and if you have, change back. If you haven't then just be patient. Weight loss will resume.

Congrats on the 9 lbs. You may find that as you drop weight, you can do more activity on the same amount of calories. Due to your health issue, you will have to figure this balance out on your own ( with your doctor ).

P.S. You may want to make your page and food tracker public, so people can offer advice based on what you actually eat. Not sure what you mean by not being close to your caloric goals.

Plus, we have a dietitian here, and she may be able to offer you better help than the average SP member, since most of us have not had stomach surgery. It may just be suggestions that you can talk to your doctor about, but will probably be more helpful.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 12/9/2013 (10:57)
12/9/13 10:33 A

I have a conundrum.
Since I started with SparkPeople, October 21, 2013, I've slowly lost 9-pounds. Losing slowly is the best way from what I understand, however, the last few weeks I haven't lost anything. I seemed to have plateaued and I think it has to do with my caloric intake.
November 14 I got my Spark Activity Tracker and I've been determined to walk my 6000 steps and get my Glow Getter trophy each day. I walk 4mph for 60-minutes each day. This added cardio, although it feels wonderful doing it, has increased my daily caloric intake substantially.
My daily caloric goal WITHOUT exercise is 1400-1700 calories. With the cardio that I am doing it has increased this to 2000-2200 calories.
My conundrum is that my stomach has been physically altered due to ulcer disease. I've had about 30% of my stomach removed and the rest remodeled. 1400 - 1700 calories seems to be my limit for food. I just cannot physically eat or drink any more than that.
So with that being said...each evening when I log onto SparkPeople I see that I haven't eaten enough calories or gotten even close to my caloric goal. Basically putting my system into "starvation mode."
What do I do?
I I NEED the exercise, I NEED to lose about 100 pounds but I cannot possibly eat that much food.
I cannot see eating higher calorie foods as a solution. Right now I mostly eat vegetables with lean protein (fish, chicken, eggs.) And a lot of higher calories foods, such as junk, greasy or high carb, bother my stomach and end up rushing through my system if you get my drift.
My husband insists that I stick to my current routine. He believes my system will eventually get used to the more active lifestyle with less calories and the weight will start coming off again but I'm not so convinced.
I want to start adding strength training to my routine and eventually get up to a faster walk/run and 5k a day but again I am worried that I cannot properly feed my body enough calories to substantiate the increased activity.
Any suggestions or am I just overreacting?

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