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My goals are to lose 60 pounds by summer

Member Since: 12/31/2011

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    Hi, Jenny ! I wasn't sure if you are still checking your thread or not. So, I'll post my reply here too.

    Thank you for being brave and opening up your food diary. Now, please don't take this as a criticism. One thing that jumps out to me straight off is that you're not eating enough fresh fruits and veggies. There are days you only get 1-2 servings. For optimum health, a person should eat 6-9 servings each and every day. Does that seem like too much ? It's not.

    Let's take spinach for a moment. Spinach is extremely low in calorie. Do you know how much spinach a person would have to eat in order to gain weight ? Pounds and pounds of it. Ditto veggies like broccoli, cauliflower, romaine lettuce, kale, collards, squash, sweet potatoes, etc...

    Veggies are nutrient dense and on average pretty low calorie. If you were to increase the amount of servings of fresh fruit and veggies you'd eat, in time not only would that impact your health, but your weight too.

    I also notice you're intake of fiber is on the low side too. If you were to increase the number of servings of fresh veggies you eat, that would help with the fiber. Fiber is sating and helps keep us full for longer. So, do your best to eat more high fiber foods. Whole wheat breads and cereals are loaded with fiber. fruits and veggies. beans. I love beans. they are not only loaded with fiber, but protein too. I'll admit it. I'm a big fan of the wonders that are beans.

    One other point, try to log everything. be honest. the more honest you are, the more informative the Spark nutrition charts will be.

    And yes, eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. While it's true that many Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food.

    Cutting calories isn't enough to lose weight. QUALITY of the food you eat has a bigger impact. Yes, a person could lose weight by eating at McDonalds every day as long as they burned more calories than they took in. But, how healthy do you think their insides would be ?

    good health starts on the inside. Because when your insides are healthy, that reflects on your outsides.
    2283 days ago