(Closed) Should I count calories or eat less altogether?

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely higher frequency (easier for your body to slowly use and burn up the calories in smaller amounts) with larger amounts of low calorie foods.

Post # 4
7 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

Definitely dont eat less, just eat more “small” meals throughout the day of healthier items.  It helps keep your metabolism going if your eating more often to.

Post # 5
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely higher frequency eating with a variety of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, dairy, etc.

Post # 6
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I hear that higher frequency eating with lower calorie meals is better. Way back in the day when I was a lot thinner I would actually do both (count calories and eat less) and its very hard!

Post # 7
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I think if you are eating lean meats, fruits, green veggies, good fats (nuts, olive oil, avocado) (and cutting carbs, bad fats, dairy) and exercising, you should eat when you are hungry.  If you do reasonable sized meals (ie: protien 4-8oz) that should keep you very satiated (doing 3 meals a day).

From what you’ve said – maybe 1600 calories (esp if it’s difficult to achieve) may be too high.  Definitely eat at least 1200 – but, with lean protein and good fats, you should be able to get there.

Post # 9
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

You should definately continue eating “a lot” as you say. If you are eating healthy foods such as whole foods (fruits, veggies) you will naturally have to eat more to get the same calories. These are okay to eat in large quantities and you should eat your heart out!

The idea to “eat less” is eat less of calorie dense foods such as fried food, fast food, high simple sugar content food (excluding fruits). Check the stats against your BMI (which Im sure you’ve done by using LiveStrong) and as long as 1600 is appropriate for your BMI, that should be fine.

As far as your dairy question according to the USDA you should eat 3 cups of dairy a day (1 cup equivalent is: • 1 cup lowfat/fatfree milk, yogurt • 11/2 oz of lowfat or
fatfree natural cheese • 2 oz of lowfat or fatfree processed cheese). So as long as you are eating in appropriate quantities, low fat dairy is okay.

As KIKI82 stated earlier, eating more frequently across the day will help you lose more weight because it will keep your blood sugar leveled and your metabolism up. Another thing that helps burn calories is to eat more of your calories in the moning for breakfast ( like half!) do that you burn it off during the day as opposed to eating your biggest meal at night.

I know all of this because I have seen a Registered Dietician and these are the key things she has told me to lose weight! Also my Fiance is in school to become a Rehearsal Dinner and working on his personal training certificate so I learn more each day 🙂


P.S. I absolutely love the Daily Plate too! I use the iPhone app to track my calories

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