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I am wondering what is working for others as far as calorie intake and burned. According to my BMR for 260lbs I can consume 2,512 calories to maintain.
You should be eating a minimum of 1500 calories. Any less than that and you risk actually slowing your weight loss because your metabolism starts to slow down and your body holds on to every calorie you take in. You want to aim for a calorie deficit of somewhere between 500 - 1000 calories a day to safely lose 1 -2 lbs per week.
Yesterday I had 1097 calories and didn't exercise. I was @252 when I weighed yesterday morning (I always weigh in the morning right after I pee). This morning I was 249. So I hope I don't hit a plateau or go into the survival mode lol.
I always have a protein shake (muscle milk) within 30 minutes of my workout.
I'm actually having trouble reaching those calories. I feel like I'm eating all day just to catch up.
The more heavily you restrict, the harder weight loss tends to get further down the track, potentially even stalling out.
No one generally gets overweight by eating too little - there is no real reasons to say you can't meet X calories now either. Adding a little olive oil, a few nuts or a piece of avocado really jacks up the calories quickly without adding extra bulk.
If you're having trouble getting enough calories in, have a look at your foods. Are you having 10 or more serves of veggies/fruit to fill you up? They're great low cal food but they're certainly not all you need for a well rounded eating plan. Cheese, milk, yogurt, juice & nut butters are all options for adding in more calories too.
About once a week I have what I suppose is a cheat day.
Hehe, okay a few suggestions :P
- You could try swapping items like leaner white fish for fattier salmon or fresh tuna (depending on budget)
- Egg whites for whole eggs
- Adding a tbs of peanut butter or other nut butters
- Adding nuts like almonds, walnuts, etc
- Change veg to include sweet potato (Low GI) which has a relatively high amount of cal
- Adding olive oil to more items such as salads, cooking vegetables or meat
- swap a lower cal fruit for a banana, they're higher
Just get inventive :)
Under-eating is as bad as over-eating, and it will keep you from achieving your goals. Your BMR is 1950, so eating 1000 calories makes no sense at all. You are ruining your metabolism and your health, and it is going to be very difficult to keep this up. If you eat your BMR of 1950, you'll get the nutrition you need and still have a 400 calorie deficit. If you exercise, then you could bring that deficit up even higher.
I find that when I am low for the day I grab a shake because it's filling. And they are 172 calories a scoop. More if you add add bananas, berries and yogurt.
You are doing yourself no favors, as the other posters have pointed out. What you are doing will work, for a time. And then it won't and you will either drop your calories more, or you will revert back to higher calories. If you go back to how you were eating before, you will gain weight rapidly, probably more than you lost. If you drop your calories you will find yourself spiraling into a full-blown eating disorder, where 1000 calories didn't work anymore, so you ate 800. And then that stopped working so you ate 600. Then you stopped losing weight on that, so you ate 400. and then 200, and then you died. and you might have still been overweight when you died...
Shortcuts don't work. Fads don't work. Drastically cutting your calories doesn't work. Ok, well -- they all work for a time, because calories in less than calories out equals weight loss, for a time.
lactaid or other dairy digest tablets do a wonderful job of alleviated the lactose intolerant problems. While I still can't drink straight milk, I can no eat cottage cheese and other cheeses -- yogurt is not usually a problem for any lactose-intolerant. I notice you put it into your shakes...
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I also believe in calorie confusion and allow myself a day to have between 1350-1700 calories.
Also, I was only asking to hear what is working for others. I never asked for advice.
I know that what works for some (i.e. me) might not work for others and I am in no way endorsing this as a diet plan for others.
I'm sure you had good intentions, but I must say I am feeling slightly threatened.
I would not weigh yourself every day. As you gain muscle mass from working out, and simultaneously lose fat, you may not see what you want on the scale. Fluctuations in hydration levels can also mean the scale is not accurate. I agree with the post telling you to eat at least 1500 calories a day, because you may be eating too few calories and could slow your metabolism down.
By all means follow what the doctor is telling you, and make the doctor aware of what you are doing as far as working out too.
They have equipped me with the greatest food and exercise diary/log that accounts for all my calories, carbs, fat and protein. That log along with CC is my new weapon to battle the flab. Lol
Thanks you for your positive comment and advice.
So even though I wasnt eating enough meals a day, they were high in fat, calories, sodium and everything else that's bad for you. It was hard living with someone who has different needs that you. He didn't need to lose any weigh, nor did he want to eat healthy.
Eating the calories that were recommended for me with my lapband works great for me. I feel satisfied and I rarely feel hungry. I still feel the urge to eat everything on my plate so when I'm serving myself at home I go for a smaller plate. And when I'm at a restaurant I either order a kids meal or grab a to-go box.
Regardless of what your doctor advises, eating a very low cal diet tends to lead to a significant amount of muscle being used for energy as well as fat as your body can only convert so much fat to needed energy on a daily basis. For no other reason alone, it's better to eat more cals. When/if you reach your goal weight, your metabolism is lower because you have lost so much muscle, making it harder to maintain your new weight. You might bring up some of these questions at your next checkup and see what they have to say.