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LUVS2WIN67 Posts: 1,060
3/19/13 2:38 P

You can eat 2 things that are the same in calories but definitely not the same nutrition. You really have to watch the fat intake. I noticed on some of my days tracking I was below my calorie range...BUT way too high in the fat....and we know thats not good. So I suggest you just be careful and watch the other areas of nutrition.

CSCHUBE Posts: 7
3/19/13 1:36 P

You all have great things to say--Thanks! It's very helpful. I've been eating better, I was just curious about this topic. I've gained 30 pounds over the winter and not feeling so hot, it's just been a struggle for me to get these pounds back off. I'm stressing over numbers and I know that's a bad thing. Ha! Thanks for the responses!

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (79,152)
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3/19/13 1:26 P

Short answer: Once in a while you can do that. But you can't survive only on junk food for long.

I think you need to keep in mind if you can sustain your diet over the long term or not. Occasional overeating won't harm you. But you can't survive on junk. You would be losing weight if you eat at a caloric deficiency, but pretty quickly you would be hospitalized. Most people who eat a lot of junk food also eat enough protein and vitamins, so they don't get hospitalized too often. But you won't be able to do that to keep at a caloric deficiency while eating junk, and since you would be without the essential nutrients for a prolonged time, you would get very sick at some point.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 3/19/2013 (13:27)
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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3/19/13 1:15 P

Yes, and no.

When it comes to strictly weight loss, no, you can pretty much eat what you like. :)

However, not all calories are created equal, and aiming for healthier choices will improve your chances for success and overall health. I like the 80/20 rule... I aim for health 80% of the time, and the other 20% I can do as I like! I eat far, far healthier than I used to, but I still enjoy pizza out, candy, cookies, and even sodas. I've just gotten better at moderation!

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
3/19/13 12:53 P

Depending on what point you are in your journey, it may or may not make a difference. If you go from eating 3000 calories a day to eating within your range, then it probably won't make a difference if you eat junk or eat're eating less and thus, you'll lose weight. But if you hang out on these message boards for any length of time you'll find yourself WANTING to be healthy.

I can speak for experience however, that it's very important to stick to your percentages (carbs/fat/protein). I'm much more successful when I eat at the correct percentages than if I were to just eat anything and stay under my calorie limit.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
3/19/13 12:41 P

if you strictly go calories in calories out, then no. You can eat whatever as long as you are in your limits. BUT you are not doing yourself any favors. A couple slices of pizza in no way have the nutrition values that veggies and fruit have. I would rather know that my nutrient levels are up to par and forgo the calorie count.

Personally losing weight is not my number one goal. My goal is to have 100% health-- 100% function of body, mind, and spirit with no evidence of disease. That is all I want.

CSCHUBE Posts: 7
3/19/13 12:14 P

This might be a ridiculous question to ask in the first place, but I'm honestly curious.

I use sparkpeople to track my calories and weightloss and....well, I use the whole website. I love it. What I was wondering was this: I track my food intake with the Nutrition tracker and same with weight. If I'm staying within the tracking limits on the Nutrition tracker, does it matter what I'm eating? Example a full day of fruits and veggies vs. a couple slices of pizza. They may equal the same amount on the nutrition scale, but does it matter for weight loss?

Does this make sense....

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