Originally Posted by yesitsmeagain
7 AM- Breakfast- high fiber cereal with skim milk (160 + 80 cal)
10 AM- Snack- oatmeal packet and piece of fruit (130 + 60 cal)
12 or 1: Lunch- something homemade like soup or healthy stew (veg, protein and carbs), plus a granola bar and carrot sticks (200-300 depending on the day, 160 + 30)
5 PM Supper: Something homemade or a sandwich, about 300-400 calories
7 PM Snack: smoothie or bowl of cereal (200-300 cal)
PLUS I will generally have a couple timbits or a couple squares of dark chocolate a day (around 100 cal)
Total: around 1600
Help me out ladies! I'm really not losing weight eating this much so I need to drop down. I would like to add more protein to the morning (like a hardboiled egg for breakfast) but I still don't think that could take me to lunch without a snack.
I don't know what meal plan you're on, but I see a lot of carbs, not much protein, almost no vegetables and no obvious healthy fats. Vegetables can fill you up with a lot of bulk for not many calories. The healthy fats and proteins also help you feel full. So going with your suggestion of a hardboiled egg, how about something like this:
7 am Hardboiled egg (77 calories), Oatmeal (1/2 cup real oatmeal - can still be microwaved) (73 calories), 1 cup milk (86 calories) = 236
10 am Raw veggies (pepper strips, celery, carrots, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, or a mix) 1/2 pepper cut in strips (12), 3/4 oz low fat cheese (37) = 49
Lunch Keep it the same making sure there are lots of veggies and protein and I'd eliminate the granola bar. =200-300 calories
Supper - Same comment (lots of veggies and protein). If it's a sandwich, make sure it's whole grain/whole wheat bread and consider making it open faced. =200-300 calories
Snack Smoothie or cereal - ok, but try to get some protein in there - smoothie with lf yogurt and or cottage cheese, whole fruit instead, lf yogurt and a sprinkle of whole grain cereal, veggies again, small portion nuts, etc. Half a cup of 2% cottage cheese is 102 calories. 1/4 cup Uncle Sam cereal for crunch adds 63 calories.
Beans (black, pinto, red, etc.) add bulk, fiber and protein for not a lot of calories as well.
A salad (lots of veggies, not just lettuce) with protein and easy on the dressing gives you a lot of bulk and is a good choice for a meal also.
Just some ideas for thought.