(Closed) Exactly how many calories should I be eating?

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t have any real advice but this: the fact that you said you love good food, and cry because you cannot have that good food, makes me think you need to rearrange your diet to include some of those foods.  Making a lifestyle change shouldn’t make you unhappy if you can control it.  Can you eat those foods in moderation?  What do you do for exercise?  

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Cut out Starbucks.  

Okay.  I know I said you should eat the food you like, but you are eating a TON of fast food. Stop doing that!!!!  Eat real food — it’s delicious — and you’ll lose the weight you want.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t have that much advice about how many calories you should be eating, but I did just add you on MFP and look at your diary. Remember, calories aren’t everything. Even though you are staying below your calorie goal, it doesn’t mean you are eating well. Choose quality foods that are high in protein that keep you full, rather than just empty calories. I see a lot of starbucks drinks or snacks that are just empty calories. 

 

Focus on whole, real foods. Cut out the processed junk. You will literally see the weight fall off and feel sooooo much better. 

 

 

 

 

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@mrshunnybunches:  Don’t drink your calories. NO MORE STARBUCKS! SO bad for you. Drink only water. You need to incorporate WAY more veggies as well. What about protein powder? I drink one scoop in the morning and one after my workout. I agree with the PP that you need to be eating more protein. Also snack throughout the day. I am down 28 lbs in just 12 weeks. I have protein in the morning, an orange or a handful of whole unsalted almonds, for lunch I have a salad, mid afternoon another orange, workout, drink my protein again, sensible dinner (ie:chicken, veggie, SMALL portion of rice). I workout 6 days a week. Cardio is your best weight loss friend, but don’t forget strength training either.

Good luck!!!

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

They say to take your TDEE-20% and eat that number. I went back in your diary a ways, and you seem to have quite a bit of fast food in there (Taco Bell, Arbys, Starbucks). I would try to cut back on that if you can. I don’t know your work schedule and what not, but I would try packing lunches.

I sent you a friend request by the way. May we can help each other out 🙂

By the way congrats on losing 12 pounds!

 

 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mrshunnybunches:  Oh man you have a crazy early schedule. I’d die, lol.

Maybe some other things that could help would be making meals ahead of time in the crockpot or something and then freezing them, and when you are ready you can take them out.

I think some at home exercises would be great. I don’t go to the gym. I walk every day, and at times I will do the Wii Fit (Just Dance or Zumba). I was told there is a lot of free videos on You Tube (they have Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred for free) and bodyrock.tv

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

like everyone else is saying, you should be focusing on what you eat now, not just calories

even if you are eatting less calories of fast food, you are still eating it!

planning meals for the whole week is a great way to watch what you eat.

cook healthy, low calorie protein filled dinners and eat left overs for lunch

what i am doing is eatting only fruits, vegetables, and nuts during the day 

then at night i get to have a real dinner (but still keep it healthy!)

so i can resist cravings all day knowing i get to eat a good dinner!

 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Stop going to Starbucks. Or limit yourself to one a week, AT MOST. THat’s a ton of sugar, not to mention a total budget drainer.

Even though you said the fast food is just a place holder, the truth is you are still eating the same type of food served at fast food restaurants, which is still really, really bad for you. If you replaced those meals with complex salads with lean protein like chicken or slamon, and other lean meats with veggie sides, you’d be leaps and bounds ahead of where you are. Also, Trader Joes has an excellent parmesean ranch in the refridgerated section that is actually better than Kraft/Hidden Valley and has about 1/3 the calories. Things like that will help you eat healthier. Learning recipes for veggies where you add a lot of flavor in will also help you feel like you aren’t depriving yourself. Once you wean your body off the Starbucks sugar bombs and the fast foodish fat and salt bombs (it’ll feel rough for a week or so because your body will crave it) you’ll come out the other side with much more energy and clarity!

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Also, you can get Starbucks coffee and not have it be a sugar bomb. Regular coffee has almost no calories. You can have a caffeine vector without getting 4 pumps of artificially flavored sugar syrup put in it. “It’s less then what most people I know drink” doesn’t matter, since their body isn’t your body and their goals aren’t your goals.

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