Eating Calories...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I was taking the "Will You Win at the Numbers Game? SparkPeople Nutrition Quiz" and the very 1st question was "True or False: It's important to eat at least 1,200 calories per day so that you don't enter "starvation mode," which can stall your weight loss." and I really thought this was true. I clicked true and it said I was incorrect. The answer is false. To the side of the answer was the box that said the explanation said this "OK, this was a tricky question. It is important for adults to eat at least 1,200 calories per day, but this is because most people will find it almost impossible to maintain good nutrition (meeting your body's needs all nutrients, like protein, calcium and more) when eating fewer than 1,200 calories. However, while "starvation mode" is a real concern, the number of calories you need to avoid it is going to be based on several factors, including your current weight and activity level. For every individual, starvation mode could set in at higher or lower than 1,200 calories."

I wonder if this means that I can eat less calories. I'm not trying to eat less calories to lose weight... thats not my intention of it all. Because I have college night classes that we are not allowed to eat in and the class gets out at 9pm and then I drive home (no stores between there and my apartment) I tend to get home at around 9:30 and then still have to eat supper, do homework, shower, and everything else. Because I'm up so late I sleep in later then most people (I have to get 8 hours of sleep a night to reach my sparkpeople goals and my team goals and since I've been getting more sleep I do feel better during the day.) So when I get up between 11 and 11:30 I normally have a yogurt for “breakfast” or I have some fruit because I feel that its easy on my stomach when I just wake up (cereal is an option if I have time.) So I’m normally done eating my breakfast by noon. I need just a snack to tie me over to class then I have a long class and repeat that whole process. So I almost never get to the amount of calories I am suppose to get unless I go to burger king before class. And yes, I know that is unhealthy calories. I also have a hard time finding time for exercise (have any suggestions!?) But yeah... I tried to take a quiz to get some more sparkpoints and it lead to this long blog *sigh*
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  • no profile photo CD12288134
    protein shakes, theyre good, they have a lot of nutrients you need and they are fast. also a 30 minute workout is just 2% of your day you can make the time itll just take some hard work and determination. I am a very very busy person and I spent years saying I didnt have time to exorcise... well I do have time and I had to find that time. now I exorcise daily and I feel amazing because of it.

    as far as calories my goal I set was less then 1200 I ate 3 meals and two snacks today and am still below 900 I take multi vitamins and a probiotic that has vitamins and minerals added everyday because I know that I am not getting everything I need from food with my busy sched.

    take care of yourself.
    3025 days ago
  • ORANGE81
    I wish I could eat like that and feel full. But we do it when we don't feel good right? I myself lived on 800 calories a day, my life changed,got very sick, lost a gall bladder and then I realized 800 may have worked at first for me, and only talking about me here, I realized 800 calories for me could not be long term. But I am no doctor and dont see why you couldn't eat low if you did not feel hungry. I also have foods to eat on the run,fruit, cereal bars or trail mix that wont expire right away and dont leave in a hot car if it will melt! My sister uses carnation instant breakfast to keep her calories in check. But where to get milk on your drive home. Pass any cows? lol Don't forget you time in your busy schedule!!!!!!!!!!!!! Reward yourself emoticon
    3217 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3406028
    I frequently eat less than 1200 calories a day, often, I estimate how much I'm eating to be around 600-900 calories. It hasn't been a problem yet! I just listen to my body: I eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. I think as long as you aren't intentionally starving yourself (ie, depriving yourself of food when you are hungry), then I think you're ok.
    3221 days ago
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