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1/10/13 8:59 P

You are going to have to do a little trial and error (testing).
Stick with 2200 calories for the next several days---how are you feeling, any hunger, how is your energy, AND after one week how much weight have you lost. You have wiggle room to go up or down in calories based on your results. Remember, you want to be losing about 2-3 pounds each week in the beginning.

SP Dietitian Becky

AANTAYA Posts: 4
1/10/13 8:49 P

Pizza was bad, and so was the smoked sausage. Those are out of the fridge now though...left overs from Christmas break. I am doing the workouts daily...but it wasn't the first time I was told I wasn't eating enough (aside from today). No more than 2200 then?

1/10/13 8:09 P

Can you find a happy medium...
You only have 2 days of nutrition tracking...
One shows 3120 calories with 170 grams of fat (sausage, chix salad, pizza)
and the other..
1726 with hardly any fruits and veggies

At 350 pounds you can safely lose, 1-3 pounds weekly.
I imagine you should aim for about 2000 - 2200 calories (if you do those workouts almost daily). Track your food intake daily, monitor your weekly weight loss, monitor how you are feeling, your energy level.

there is no need to focus on "low carb or gluten free" for weight loss. With your workout this could drain your energy stores quickly. Aim for at least 200 grams of carbohydrates daily.
lean meats and proteins
whole grains
fruits and veggies (5-9 servings daily)
low fat milk, yogurt, cheese

SP Dietitian Becky

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 1/10/2013 (20:10)
AANTAYA Posts: 4
1/10/13 5:29 P

I couldn't find a way to adjust the daily burn goal, but that's no matter. I was unlucky enough to have a sick daughter, which means I got to stay home and work (I'm a teacher). I paid close attention to what I ate and compared that to what I had been doing. Funny that you mention that eventually the weight loss would stop, because that is exactly what would happen when I would follow an Atkins diet.

I ate 2700 calories today.

The trick is going to be doing that while I am at school.

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1/10/13 9:56 A

Sparkpeople doesn't deal in single numbers; it should be giving you a range. You should be able to eat anywhere within that range.

In general, you don't want to eat less than recommended; doing so will not help you lose faster, it will eventually sabotage your efforts and slow you down.

AANTAYA Posts: 4
1/10/13 9:13 A

Okay....hmm. P90X has a nutrition guide that tells me I should be taking in 3500 calories. Spark says I should be taking in 2700. I wonder if I would be okay at 2500?

If that's the case, think I am going to add nuts to my diet. I need something quick, healthy, and high calorie to be able to meet that goal.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,898
1/10/13 9:10 A


Based on your size and activity level, you're not eating enough. Although you might be losing weight now, eventually it's likely to slow down or stop if you're consuming too few calories. In addition, not eating enough is going to make your workouts suffer b/c it's hard to have enough energy. I'd recommend updating your calories burned goal to reflect the amount of exercise you're doing. What calorie range does the program give you based on that change?

Coach Jen

1/10/13 9:04 A

Ugh. Double Post

Edited by: SASAHAMMER at: 1/10/2013 (09:06)
1/10/13 9:01 A

Kudos! You sound nicely set up for success and your athletic background is a HUGE advantage! You know what things to eat, and how to exercise with intensity and with proper form. Now all you have to do is do it!

I think 1700 calories is way too few for a guy like you. I'm a 43 year old female, 115 lean with 15-20 to lose to get to 18% - 20% bodyfat and I'm eating 1600 clean calories while losing at a steady pace. It do three whole body strength days and five cardio sessions a week (some interval and some HIIT). I know it's hard to accept when you have a lot of weight to lose, but you really do have to eat to burn. Especially if you are working out hard.

Lots of guys come out of college and the NFL with more than 100 pounds to lose. You got this!!

AANTAYA Posts: 4
1/10/13 8:51 A

I'm 35 years old. I'm an ex-college football player. I was an offensive lineman, so I was never skinny, but I was always active. At my strongest I benched 500 pounds and squatted 1200, I also ran 3k in 25 minutes and the 40 in 5.0. I was a Div III player, and was a small freshman lineman @ 220 pounds. Coach told me to gain 80 if I wanted to play. I did by my junior year. Fastforward 20 years or so, and I'm bigger now than I was then (350), but I'm not as active as I used to be. My wife and I have always gone back and forth on dieting, with me being the initiator and her being the hindrance (she admits it and is on board this time :-) ).

I have over 400 pounds of free weight, a Nordic Trac, a bench/squat rack, a home made chin up bar...all the equipment I need for P90X, which I bought a few years ago. I've done it, but have not been able to last longer than 30 days on the program, mostly due to life getting in the way. My routine now is this: P90X (Lean) in the morning everyday, then Tae Bo (Cardio) at night three times a week.

I'm sticking to a Low Carb/Gluten Free diet...but have noticed on my intake this week that I'm only taking in 1700 calories on average. When I track my exercise, I get a warning that I may not be eating enough. I feel great, but am I eating enough?

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