Post # 1
So I’ve been on MFP for about 6 weeks, and I’ve lost 12 pounds. Buuut, it’s been like 2 weeks since I’ve lost anything. I’m just trying to figure out what I really should be eating.
My TDEE is 2536. MFP has my calorie goal as 1610. However, some people say you shouldn’t eat less than 30% of your TDEE, which would put me at 1775 calories. I’m not sure which number I should eat – any thoughts?
However, I’ve been using the Striiv pedometer, which adds calories to MFP for steps I walk. Should I eat those extra calories, or should I stick with either 1610 or 1775?
This is really the first time I’ve ever stuck with a diet plan for more than three days, and I’m worried I’m doing something wrong.
My profile is here, and I think my food diary is public. 🙂 Thoughts and suggestions would be great!
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
Oh gosh… a lot of the “Fast Food” you see is because I didn’t know how many calories were in it, so I picked a fast food item that had a high calorie count… LOL…
Like, last night I didn’t REALLY eat Panda Express, but we were eating at a friend’s house, and she made orange chicken and noodles, and I didn’t know how many calories were in it.
Or, a couple nights ago, we were at my mom’s house, and we didn’t REALLY have Chick-Fil-A, but i didn’t know how many calories the chicken strips were.
And I usually have skinny lattes, but I hadn’t had a white chocolate mocha in MONTHS, and REALLY wanted one.
Post # 7
@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.
Post # 8
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 # 9
@megz06: Yes, I pack my lunch every day. Unfortunately, since we leave the house at 5 AM, and we don’t get home until 5-7 PM, we don’t eat at home most nights. I usually take low fat cheese sticks, fruit, and boiled eggs with me too.
Actually, a lot of the fast food is not really fast food, I just didn’t know how many calories were in the item, since we were at a friends house, or I was eating at the hospital or school cafeteria.
Yes, I drink a lot of Starbucks (maybe 3-4/week, which, really, is not as much as most people I know!!). You would too if you had my schedule. 😉 I’m up at 3:30 every morning. Many nights I’m not in bed until 9-10 PM.
Typically, I eat breakfast #1 at 6 AM, breakfast #2 at 9 AM, a small lunch at 11:45 AM, dinner at 5 PM, and a snack/coffee around 7-8 PM.
I would love to have time to go to the gym, but unfortunately, that’s not exactly an option. The best I can do is to walk a lot instead of driving places.
EDIT: My BFF suggested adding some at-home exercises, so I figure if I wake up at 3:15 AM, I can add in 20 minutes of exercise in the morning.
Post # 10
@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
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
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
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.
Post # 14
Lattes have milk, espresso, and sugar-free syrup.
Thanks for the help.