Post # 1
So I’ve been trying to cook healthier meals for my husband and me. I don’t want to necessarily lose weight. I’m one of those people that most people hate – I’ve always been on the skinnier side and never gained weight no matter what or how much I ate. To put it into perspective, I’ve gained 20 pounds since 8th grade and that was 9 years ago. My husband wants to lose weight. I just know that just because I don’t need to lose weight doesn’t mean I’m healthy, so we’re trying to eat healthier, more well-rounded meals (more fruits and veggies, limited fried and greasy foods, less sugary drinks, meatless days, etc.) I KNOW that I’m getting plenty of calories. My husband eats smaller portions than what he used to, but I eat about the same as I did. I don’t ever starve myself. I’ve been forcing myself to eat a decent breakfast of the morning – something that I don’t like to do because I’m usually not hungry of the mornings. I still snack – usually 2 or 3….or 4…or 5 times a day – I just make healthier choices.
But we went home this past weekend to visit our families. His mom noticed that he was losing weight, which was good. However, my mom freaked out that I had lost weight. I hadn’t even noticed it. She kept on and on about it and kept asking me why. I think she thinks I’m on an extreme diet or something. And I guess I have lost a little bit. But how can I keep from losing more and still eating healthy? Should I take in more calories? I don’t really count calories – I just know that especially at dinner, I always eat well over the recommended serving size. Recommended serving sizes are rarely enough to make my hunger go away. For example, I ate a HUGE serving of spaghetti last night. I was still very hungry after dinner. I ended up having 2 decent sized snacks after that, plus I drank Ovaltine right before bed.
I guess I just eat a lot and feel bad about it because I’m fairly certain that I’m taking in enough, if not more than enough calories, but I’m still losing weight? Is it okay to eat a ridiculous amount of extra calories if you’re actually hungry? How can I just maintain my weight?
Post # 3
Try MyFitnessPal.com and track your calories to make sure you’re getting enough each day. Maybe with the new changes you aren’t quite hitting your daily calorie requirements?
Post # 4
I’d download the MyFitnessPal app; it will show you how many calories you need to take in to maintain your weight (or gain some). Just tracking your food intake for a few days will give you an idea of how much you really need to eat.
Post # 5
Thank you for the advice. I just made an account and put in my info from breakfast. Maybe I am just overestimating my calories. I guess I’ll know after a couple days.
Post # 6
how much weight do you think you’ve lost? i think it’s great that you’ve been making better choices, and losing a few pounds isn’t a major deal unless it puts you below the healthy weight for your body. it’s possible that eating healthy has spiked your metabolism (which also explains why you are very hungry!)
i think using my fitness pal is a good idea to make sure you are eating enough, but if you’re eating enough, the weight loss may level off as your body adjusts to the new diet. you didn’t mention how long you’ve been on this health kick, but i’d think you’d lose a little right at the beginning and then plateau (or even gain a little back) as your body adjusts.
Post # 7
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I think you’re fine the way that you’re doing things now… it sounds like you’re not limiting your diet at all in terms of portion, and you eat until you’re full rather than holding back. I don’t think it’s necessary to continue eating after you’re full just to keep your calories up or over your daily amount.
Post # 8
@esqbee: It’s only been a couple months, so I thought that maybe it was where this is fairly new as well. Hopefully it will just level off and I won’t lose anymore.
Post # 9
keep nuts on your desk/in your purse and munch on them all day.
Put extra olive oil on your veggies/on your meat
If you like olives, eat those.
Add a little bit of extra cheese and full fat dairy to your meals/snacks.
Instead of eating a lot more, just add certain things to your existing meals. This will give you extra calories you need and your DH can go without it.
Post # 10
@dayl20: I hate you lol. No.
But seriously, I don’t think you’re doing anything wrong. If you’re not hungry and you eat as much as you do, I really don’t see a problem. Are you skeletal? I doubt it. So what if you lost a few pounds?
I’d just continue eating until you’re full(ish) and making healthy choices. Don’t stuff yourself. One day your metabolism may slow down and then you’ll be totally screwed since you will be used to eating way more than you should.