(Closed) Cutting Calories

posted 7 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Thank you!  I learned this the hard way after making myself very sick on what sounds like a totally healthy number of calories.  The charts are totally inaccurate for a lot of people, depending on your body composition and natural metabolism.  I need about twice what mainstream diet advice tells me I need, so when I was actually following that advice I was not a happy camper.

Eating healthy and exercising is awesome, but you can really muck up your metabolism if you don’t get enough fuel.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Thanks for sharing this. I actually have seen both a naturopath and nutritionist in the last year and so rather than looking at the calories that I am eating (although I have done that in the past!) I concentrate on just eating well.

I eat almost constantly because I have some stomach issues and allergy issues… so I was told to eat up to 6 times a day (small meals) and over the course of a few months we came up with my eating plan that works best for me – breakfast (cereal, oats or wholegrain toast), a piece of fruit at 10.30am, lunch at 12.30 (lunch is my largest meal of the day and can have carbs and proteins) and then either another piece of fruit or some nuts at about 3.30pm (although I was told not to eat anymore fruit than that because of the sugars). Then if I do weights at the gym I have a protein shake with soy milk (icky!) and then dinner when I get back from the gym. If I get hungry after dinner, I try to snack on some raw veggies and dip.

I cant say that I am good at sticking to my diet at all times but the constant eating has actually helped with a lot of the stomach pain I used to get and I did lose weight when I first started on it.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@MandaMack: yes I posted about having trouble with losing weight! I got some good tips though so I am going to up the intensity at the gym and work on the diet even more and HOPEFULLY I can tone up!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@MandaMack: WOW!! I can’t believe you started losing weight after eating more!! I am having so much trouble with the eating part of my weight loss. I even tried writing down everything I’m eating. I am actually gaining weight!!! I don’t know what the problem is. I run almost everyday on the elliptical to burn 500 calories. I’ve also started doing yoga because I wanted to do something more. I’m only trying to lose 5 lbs, but my wii fit says I’ve gained 3! 🙁

 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee

@justeen: cardio does almost nothing to help you lose weight. You can run on the elliptical for hours and not see even a pound melt off. True weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise. The best exercise is a combonation of cardio and strength training. Cardio works well for short term energy burn; you burn the calories while exercising but you pretty much stop burning after the exercise is over. Strength training burns fewer calories while doing it but it boosts your metabolism for the rest of the day so you are actually burning a lot more!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@MandaMack: Overall good advice! However, re: eating at night, your metabolism really does slow down while you are sleeping in order to conserve energy. I totally agree that if you exercise at night (I do) you need to fuel before and refuel after properly. However for those who stop their main activity after dinner they really do need to watch what/how much they are eating later in the night.

Isn’t nutrition a wonderfully confusing topic 😉 At one point I was a nutrition major (now a biochem major) and I’m going to get my masters in nutritional sciences next year. I love learning about all the chemical reactions and biochemistry of the body but it becomes so hard to interpret at a more macro level. Everyone has so many different opinions on what is best for our body..

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I do strength training with weights too, I noticed I’m really starting to tone up in certain places – especially my arms. I also don’t eat much but I am a super foodie, so that might blind me from eating steamed veggies all the time. *sigh* I think I have to start eating bland food in order to see any change. Thanks for you help, @babyboo!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@MandaMack:

I agree with you I use to be a small figure girl weighing no more than 120-125 lbs I wanted to try that low carb diet . It was awful I could not eat bread, had to reduce my milk intake, yogurt intake, and basically anything with sugar in it. It was awful awful I was hungry and starving all the time. Only eating chicken and salads.

From that point on , I realize how difficult is for many who are losing weight to give up . I gave up after 3 days I could not imagine doing that for 5-9 months. KUDos to those that have.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@babyboo: Now, I’m confused! Aren’t there quite a few people that say they lose weight by walking/running? Granted they seem to usually incorporate weights in their routines after some time, but I know people who lose weight from cardio only. 

You’re right this is sooooo confusing sometimes!!

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