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Maybe I'm not eating enough

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My Calorie count is never over 1000 a day, but I'm eating healthy and I'm not hungry. I've read some blogs that say I should be eating around 1400 calories. The thing is I'm not starving and always feel like I eat enough. Is this part of why I'm not loosing weight? Do I have to make myself eat more? I feel like I'll just keep gaining instead of finally loosing weight.
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  • ICEDEMETER
    A previous poster already mentioned it, but it is highly likely that you are actually consuming more calories than you think. It's not just a matter of accurate measurements (use a scale for EVERYTHING - measuring cups and spoons are only as accurate as your guess), but also using the correct data for that food. There are a LOT of confusing food entries in the database (lentils, for instance, are only included as a cooked quantity, so if you measured them dry in to a recipe your calorie count can be off by hundreds of calories per serving). I strongly recommend double-checking the nutrition info that you are using with either the USDA site or with nutritiondata.self.com

    Also, the main issues with eating less than 1200 calories per day are that it is almost impossible to meet all of your protein / fat / vitamin / mineral needs on less food than that, and that it can easily set you up for a later binge (not necessarily an emotional one - but one from your body trying really hard to force you to give it some nourishment). If you are essentially sedentary, over 70 years old, and under 5 feet tall, then eating at 1000 calories is reasonable as a weight loss option - with medical supervision. If all of that doesn't apply, then you really should start eating for nourishment and not just for low calories.

    I would think that a visit with a Registered Dietitian would be a great idea - take in copies of your tracking for a few weeks, along with your weight tracking for that time, and find out what the best recommendations are for your specific history and lifestyle.
    1866 days ago
  • LIFENPROGRESS
    You MUST eat to lose! Measure EVERYTHING! You may suffer from Portion Distortion -- thinking that what's on your plate is really a full serving.

    "Weight gain doesn't happen overnight. Neither does weight loss."
    ~ Spark People ~
    1866 days ago
  • JENNA3
    How carefully do you measure your food? It might be that you are consuming more calories than you are recording. Use measuring cups/spoons and scales and count your sauces and drinks. Hth
    1866 days ago
  • MINATHERED
    ...to getting enough nutrition, so be prepared to wait out any swings or continued plateau. If you have any concerns consult with your doctor.
    1866 days ago
  • MINATHERED
    Definitely want to eat more. Your body adapts to extremely low intake, but not in a way that's long-term healthy or good for weight loss. Try eating at *minimum* 1200/day + what you burn in exercise. It may take a few weeks for your body to adjust...
    1866 days ago
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