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KAORUSTALKER30 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/3/11 11:26 A

Yes. You should never eat less than your BMR unless you have more than 50+ lb. to lose (and are aiming for 2 lb.+ weight loss a week). If eating more than 1400 makes you feel bloated or even uncomfortable, eating more nuts or adding oils to your foods will EASILY up your caloric intake - 4 oz. Salmon is basically 150-200 calories on its own, but with a Tbsp of olive oil, it's 290-340 easily. And nuts are so small and unobtrusive that you can easily eat 3 oz. of the stuff, get 510 cal+ and still not feel bloated in the slightest.

Healthy fats make meeting your caloric intake MUCH easier.

BASBONBON Posts: 178
6/3/11 8:08 A

I eat and eat but don't go over or under my days limits. Walking and dancing every day...still not losing. :=}...BUT I'M NOT GIVING UP. Have a wonderlicious day.

WOLFSPIRITMOM SparkPoints: (89,967)
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6/3/11 7:52 A

Not eating enough will not give you enough energy to run your metabolism. Your body will hoard calories. Try and up your calories in a smart way, not with a lot of processed carbs.
A handful of nuts here and there will up your calories with some good fats and protein and some carbs.

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6/3/11 7:34 A

One thing you could do initially to increase calories without increasing the volume of food you're eating would be to switch some of your snacks to higher-calorie options. For example, if you were eating low-fat string cheese or yogurt, switch to regular. Or have a handful of nuts (around 100-150 calories) with a meal or as a snack on the job, or a half of an avocado. Also, if you're not hungry in the morning, definitely go with XAPOWELL's suggestion of a whey isolate shake - I start my day with one and it keeps me going for hours, plus it's not heavy.

XAPOWELL Posts: 19
6/3/11 12:33 A

If you can manage to eat on the higher side of your normal range (around 1400), that would be a good start. However, in order to keep your metabolism going strong, you should spread out those calories throughout the day. Also, if you eat such a relatively low number of calories, it is especially important to make those calories really count in terms of nutrition, i.e. getting enough fruits and veggies, protein and fiber. Planning ahead and packing portable snacks like nuts and string cheese, etc. will make it easier to eat a little something even if you do not take many breaks. Maybe in the morning you could add a whey isolate shake just to get you going. Finally, what has worked wonders for me is adding weight training to preserve and even increase my lean muscle mass. This will definitely help boost your metabolism if it has slowed down. Otherwise, even if you lose weight, you will find that your body composition could be changing for the worse in terms of body fat percentage which will absolutely make it harder to lose or even maintain your weight in the future.

WCUNNINGHAM3 SparkPoints: (13,253)
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6/2/11 11:51 P

Try to get at least 1200 calories and make sure they are good calories

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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6/2/11 11:38 P

It's a free service for college students at major universities.

Have you tried calling your local hospital for info? Mine provides free diabetes education classes every tuesday but it's when most people are working.

6/2/11 10:59 P

how can you get free nutritional counseling? I can't even find a nutritionist in my area that takes cigna.

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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6/2/11 10:39 P

You can get free nutritional counseling even during the summer breaks so that might be something to consider.


6/2/11 7:57 P

I have always had this problem. I never eat enough calories by the end of the day. I really try to eat enough to hit my calorie mark but very, very rarely do I make it. It could very easily be what's keeping me from losing weight but I struggle with the idea of eating more just to hit my calorie goal if I'm not hungry. They tell us not to eat if we're not hungry, to stop when we're full. I follow those rules but still can't hit my calorie goal. It's very frustrating. ugh.

MRSJERRYBUSH Posts: 10,490
6/2/11 7:16 P

I read the articles suggested by Coach Tanya and I am finally satisfied with the reasoning that eating too little WILL keep you from losing weight!! Thank you!

AMZY68 Posts: 400
6/2/11 6:31 P

Yes I think its true. I also find that when I eat regular meals and snacks I keep my metabolism 'burning' and lose more weight, even if I've eaten a bit more!

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6/2/11 6:14 P


CCCARTER3 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/2/11 5:15 P

yes,I am a beliver that a person needs certain amount of calories to lose weight

AROG53 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/2/11 10:35 A

I'm a light eater, and I don't always get everything I need everyday, but it balances out overtime. I think it's good to look at what you eat over the week, month, etc.

TONKA14 Posts: 4,947
6/2/11 9:00 A

You have already received terrific support and information but I wanted to share a couple articles that backs up the advice you have received.

Q: If I consume fewer calories than my plan recommends, will I lose weight faster?


Q: Can you explain the concept of "burning more calories than you consume" in order to lose weight?


Calorie Calculation 101

Coach Tanya

PARKERB2 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/2/11 7:38 A

Yes. From what I've read here on Spark, you need a certain amount of calories to maintain the daily calorie need for you.

Edited by: PARKERB2 at: 6/2/2011 (07:38)
FITGIRL17 Posts: 46
6/1/11 11:46 P

I agree with the other responses to your question and urge you to eat the recommended calories (you shouldn't be below 1200 calories ever). If you want your body to take care of you and do what you want it to, you need to take care of it. Aside from the things they mentioned already about not being able to lose weight with a lack of calories, there are many other problems that could arise for you. Not only does food give you fuel and energy it provides the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Eating healthy is not only about your weight but about your health in general. I've also done the very low cal diets and can assure you they are not worth it and cause more harm than any good that could come from them.

As for not getting to eat at work. Even grabbing something like Ensure or Carnation Instant Breakfast can be a quick easy way to get some calories/nutrients. They are not overly filling, but provide enough that they will give you energy, nutrients, and more of the calories you need.

Edited by: FITGIRL17 at: 6/1/2011 (23:49)
6/1/11 11:29 P

Eating that low of calories may make you lose weight, but I promise you the weight loss will get harder as you go along, and that going under 1200 is unhealthy. Eating too few calories means you also have a very good chance of metabolism damage later, which will make you gain weight that is VERY hard to take off because at that point your body will hang onto every bit of weight it can. You can also damage your immune system.

I know this, because when I was in my teens and early 20's I did a lot of dieting in the 800-1000 calorie range. 1000 was my norm. If you want to see what happened to me by the time I turned 30, read the top of my SparkPage.

I know this seems like a lot of calories compared to what you're used to, but believe me the SP team knows what they're doing. The calorie range they suggest for you is so much better and healthier in the long run!


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6/1/11 11:26 P

You have really already answered your own question because you know that if you don't eat enough your body will go into starvation mode and you won't be able to lose weight. Most adults need to eat at least 1200 calories, so 800 is definitely too few. If the site has recommended 1400 calories minimum for you, then it would be best to follow that advice unless a dietician or health professional advises you otherwise. Remember that the range is based upon your current weight, your weight loss goal, and your activity levels.

I don't know where you live/work, but if you're in the U.S., many states have labor laws stating that if you work 8 hours per day and are non-exempt you should get a 1/2 hour lunch break. Even if you work fewer hours than 8, but at least three, you should still get a 15 minute break.

If you're exempt, and therefore those laws don't apply to you, would it be possible to still eat at your workstation (desk or whatever else it may be)? There are other threads that include great ideas for lunches that can be eaten while you work.

I always wake up starving in the morning, but I know that other people on here initially forced themselves to eat breakfast in the morning, even if it was just a piece of fruit at first, and now they can't imagine not eating breakfast. So you may have to try that.

Another thing you can do to get more calories, is eat dinner as soon as you get off work, but then plan a small snack for later in the evening.

If you eat more than 1400 calories and you end up feeling bloated or overfull then it's probably just because your stomach isn't used to you eating as much as you need to be eating. Or it could also be that you weren't eating the healthiest foods and your stomach was responding to that. If it's just a matter of your stomach not being used to you eating enough, slowly increase from 1400 to at least 1500. Your stomach will get used to this, and at least that way you can eat at the minimum end of your range and still be comfortable.

I could be wrong, but reading your post, it almost seems like you're making every excuse to not to eat enough: you feel bloated/overfull, you don't get a lunch break, your body is used to eating less, you're not hungry in the mornings, etc. So just make sure that nothing more serious, like an eating disorder, exists.

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6/1/11 10:50 P

I really just want as much feedback to this question as possible.
I usually eat between 800 and 1400 calories a day and exercise moderately. If I eat more than that I feel bloated/overfull. I'm a college student and I'm fairly active.
I know that it's bad to eat too little because you go into starvation mode and anything you eat basically turns into fat. Also, you're body needs food obviously, so that you have energy to get through the day.
I've stayed at the same weight (plus or minus a couple lbs) for several years.
Is it possible that my body is used to eating less?
I just joined this site and it recommended that I eat between 1400 and 1800 calories a day.
I might have gotten used to eating less while I was in school (I'm on summer vacation). Also, I work during lunch for my summer job so I usually just have two meals a day (I get off work at four). I don't feel very hungry in the mornings but I don't get a lunch break.
So is it possible that the reason I haven't lost weight is because I haven't been eating enough?
Let me know if you have/have had a similar problem or any advise.

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