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Nutrition or calories???

Monday, April 29, 2013

What do you all do when you get to the end of the day and your nutrition is out of whack but you haven't got enough calories left to correct it?

For example:
I end the day with only 75 calories left but am short 20g protein,

Should I go over the calorie count to maintain the correct protein/carb/fat ratio SP recommends, or stay in calorie range at the expense of proper nutrition?

Which is more important?
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    If it's the end of the day I don't want to eat much anyway, so personally I would just make a smoothie with a huge pile of greens with a cup of unsweetened almond milk added to it. That's really a good way to end the day for weight loss to follow.
    1735 days ago
    great advice above----so-------I won't add to it!-----I do try to stay within the calories---(sometimes on the ""Hope Diet""--LOL--I blow it tho)-------Yu know--the diet yu ""hope for the best and eat anything you want--I hope yer day went well! emoticon
    1754 days ago
  • 1EMMA2011
    How do you feel? Go by how you feel...

    1803 days ago
    I think it's helpful to think on a weekly scale too... stick within your range as best as possible, and if you notice that you are short on one thing for a day, make sure to get enough the next...
    1816 days ago
    I try to stick with the calorie range -- and I think of the nutrient goals as secondary goals. Most days I manage to get all of them lined up and in a row -- but some days, like yesterday for instance, I was way short on protein too. Since I wasn't starved at the end of the day, I just left it and went to bed.

    I still buy into the whole calories in = calories out, but sometimes I think my body is using some sort of "new math" in that equation. So I try to stick with the calorie ranges.
    1821 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I agree with many of the others. If I am short, I don't eat over the calorie range. I try to do better the next day.
    1821 days ago
    If weight loss is your priority, I say stay in calorie range and just plan for a protein heavy tomorrow. I think we all wax and wane with getting all of our proper nutrients on a daily basis, and we all seem to go on living, just the same. Which brings up another question: Who decided the specifics on what exact amounts of protein (and other nutrients) we need each day and on what authority did they do that, how exactly did they arrive at those numbers, and is there actual evidence that proves a person really needs that much to maintain good health? (I guess that's like 4 questions, but seriously, I wanna know because I'm living proof that you can go on and be strong and healthy without everything they say you need. So you have to wonder.) On the other hand, if you are feeling negative effects of low protein at the end of the day, a really smart spark friend of mine turned me onto this Premier Protein drink from costco.. 160 cals for 30 gs of protein (remember?).. drink half of one for 15 gs, only be 5 calories over your limit and 5 gs of protein under. Those drinks have saved me a time or two at the end of a low protein day... It pays to have smart spark friends! emoticon
    1821 days ago
    Are you genuinely hungry at the end of the day? Do you find that you consistently come up short on protein, or was that a blip in your routine?
    1821 days ago
    It depends on how well I've eaten the rest of the week. If I have stayed in protein range, for example, for most days then I keep to the calorie range. We all eat so differently, having different tastes and foods available that it's really hard to compare apples and almonds. haha.

    Tuna is my go-to protein booster. I've even learned to enjoy it right out of the can, plain, with a few saltines.

    As long as you don't let it happen too often (consistently low on one nutrient all week) I think the calorie range is the go-to range to keep on track.
    1821 days ago
    I have that problem but with fat, so I am going to add some nuts, but I won't go over the calories
    1821 days ago
    I always stay w/i cal range when I have a delima like that, and make sure and do it better the next day. When I feel like i had to much crap, I eat fruit! you can have an apple/orange/or a sm banana to add that many cals in if you are still hungry. Celery/carrots are almost cal free too! When I think about my cals that is a slippery slope when i start playing w/that.
    1822 days ago
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