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Thursday, November 14, 2013

I guess this is more of a general question than an actual blog...

I've been trying to be good about tracking my food and my fitness. SO, when my tracker shows that I have 1,000 more calories left to eat, do I HAVE to eat?
I know that part of my weight issue is eating when I'm not hungry, so, now, if I'm not hungry, do I need to eat those extra calories in order to maximize my potential, and lose the weight?

Any words of advice would be greatly welcomed!
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    Try to stay close to your calorie goal. If , as stated by MOMMY4PILATES, If you don't eat enough calories, your body thinks it is going to starve and you metabolism will slow down and not burn as much fat. Try to stay close. Try a couple of pieces of fruit or the peanut butter. Pick a healthy snack that will supply the calories that your body needs. Have a good night. Judi emoticon emoticon
    1617 days ago
    I have a book called Weigh Down. It was written by a dietician who was once obese and knew no end to eating. Then she watched a skinny person eat and picked up on that. Anyway the Weigh Down project focuses on God as primary and relying on Him. Then you only eat when you are hungry and stop when you are satisfied. Keep one thing in mind, if you eat extra calories EVERYDAY it will sabotage you. If you only eat when you are hungry then you are doing great. On occasion eating under the calories isn't going to put you into starvation. Remember, God created our bodies to tell us when we need food. If you are not hungry, don't eat. Your body isn't needing extra food at the time. It is good for the moment. Okay? Just think about that. I am learning to listen to my body. Sometimes I do go a little more with the upped calories available, but only when I am hungry or feel in need of food.
    1617 days ago
    Mine does the same thing. What I usually try to focus on more is the quality of the food that I eat. If I fall short a little I sometimes leave it, but not too often because I don't want my body to into the starvation mode.
    1617 days ago
    Check your email. ;)
    1617 days ago
  • WENDIBIRD10477
    It is 1740-2090 before any exercise.
    When I add my exercise it usually adds another 500-1000 calories on the low end.

    I do at least 20 minutes of cardio every day, and I lift 2 times a week.
    1617 days ago
    What is your food calorie limit each day?
    1617 days ago
  • WENDIBIRD10477
    Thank you!!
    Yesterday, based on my exercise and my food tracking, I was somewhere around 1,500 calories short, and I thought there was NO way that could be accurate because I wasn't the least bit hungry.
    SO WEIRD...I'm ALWAYS hungry emoticon
    1617 days ago

    I'll use myself as an example..

    My calorie count is 1200-1500 calories a day. I try to stay around the lower part of that (1200). When I'm at 800 calories and satisfied with not eating anything else... I go for something light. Usually just two spoon fulls of peanut butter is 200-240 calories and will bring me back up to that 1200 calorie goal.

    What happens if you don't make it? I'm not a dietician or scientist but I do know this..

    (1) Your body will go into starvation mode (sounds good.. right? We want to lose weight!) It's not.. 1200 calories is what I need for my body to function properly in this weight loss. If I go into starvation mode then my body will hold onto all the food I give it because it's not sure when I'm going to feed it again and how much. Our bodies are amazing in this! Same with water... a dehydrated person holds a ton of excess water because it knows it needs a certain amount of water each day to live and it has it's doubts in trusting you so your body budgets it accordingly. After a couple days of drinking 10 cups of water a day.. it starts trusting you again and will shed the excess water!!

    (2) Your body needs nutrients and energy in order for your work-outs to be the best they can be. I usually look at my chart and see which nutrient I'm lacking and base my decision on what to eat after that.

    I honestly EAT to LIVE now... I try to plan my meals on the nutrients I need rather than what tastes good.. and I haven't missed a thing. My body doesn't crave junk food anymore either. You'll notice that when your vitamins and minerals are met each day that you will have more energy and your mood each day will be higher. It's a chemical balance game.

    Hope this helps.. and I'm no professional but this has worked for me.
    1617 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2013 11:15:59 AM
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