Weight Loss Support - Had set my calorie goal WAY too high, apparently... *sigh*




shyla2001
05-05-2007, 08:55 PM
On another thread recently, I was talking about how I've been SOOOOO tired lately, so I emailed my dietician friend my typical menu, and have been talking to her, and turns out my calories are WAYY over where I should be (was aiming for 2200 cals/day). The calculator on the cancer society website was the highest one I found on the web, so I went with it, but she said that it must be wrong, because the calories are WAY high. *sigh*

So most of the calculators say: Female, 33, 234 lbs, sedentary -- needs 2247 cals/day to maintain, so 1747 cals/day to lose. Which is basically what my friend said - aim for 1800 cals/day. That's a BIG jump from what I've been doing. *ugh*

That means I have to buckle down, tighten up my diet, and step up the exercise. I exercised the past two days, and am glad that I bought a new wagon recently for my kids, because the girls love it and it's a good excuse for me to get out & walk!

Of course, this also means I should lose weight faster! (yay!) Seeing more results will certainly be nice!

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Oh, and for female, 33, 234, lightly active (compared to sedentary above), I need 2343 cals/day to maintain, so 1843 to lose. Darn, I was hoping it would be higher. *sigh* Really do have to buckle down.


shrinkingchica
05-05-2007, 09:07 PM
Oh, a 400cal difference is not that big! Besides when you see the results I am sure you will think that it is worth it. :)

sharonrr
05-05-2007, 09:18 PM
Trial and error that is what it is all about. Sometimes we have to make mistakes before we can be a success. Hang in there. I am constantly changing my calories.


shyla2001
05-05-2007, 09:20 PM
Well, you gals are right - I guess I shouldn't beat myself up too much, or get too discouraged about it. I knew I would have to adjust the calories downward eventually - I just wasn't ready for it to happen yet!

Also, looking at the bright side, I HAVE lost 12 lbs already! *woot!*

JayEll
05-05-2007, 09:27 PM
Yes, do keep in mind that you were losing already! And you'll continue to lose when you lower your cals. This is a good thing!

Cheers! :cb: :cb: :cb:

Jay

rockinrobin
05-05-2007, 09:59 PM
shyla 1800 calories can go very, very far if you choose the right foods. Really. You are already a big step ahead of the game with your 12 lb loss. Good luck!

shyla2001
05-05-2007, 10:03 PM
That's just it - I haven't REALLY had to buckle down yet, and was enjoying it. Now, I'm really going to have to start being creative, eating more veggies, etc etc..... ie - cooking. *yuck* LOL

cajungal328
05-06-2007, 12:28 AM
You know, I used to think the same way... OMG...diet was like another 4 letter word to me.

For about 3 months, I have been doing 1500 calories a day, and you know what, you would be amazed to see how much food I eat on 1500 calories.. I do not feel hungry or deprived at all. I do alot of modification to my recipes to make them less calories, and I have been known to substitute ingredients, like sub ground meat for ground turkey, eat chicken instead of steak, grilled instead of fried, use low fat margarines, 1% or 2% milk instead of whole milk, reduced fat salad dressings and peanut butter, sugar free this and that, wheat bread instead of white, veggies instead of rice and potatoes, fruit, fruit, and more fruit... Wheat Thins instead of Doritos... The biggest change... no more sugary sodas... I drink unsweet iced tea, Lipton's diet green tea w/ citrus, or propel water packs usually. Little not so noticeable changes make a huge difference.

rockinrobin
05-06-2007, 06:34 AM
That's just it - I haven't REALLY had to buckle down yet, and was enjoying it. Now, I'm really going to have to start being creative, eating more veggies, etc etc..... ie - cooking. *yuck* LOL

Okay, so now it IS time to buckle down. But it's all worth it, isn't it? I think you just may be surprised and find you actually enjoy this. It doesn't have to be elaborate. The key for me is planning ahead. Have lots of fresh ingredients on hand. If you like take a Sunday morning and make a bunch of stuff for the upcoming week. There are some great healthy and tasty soups. Make a large pot of it and you're set all week, that with a delicous salad. Veggies are quite delicious just simply roasted with lots of fresh garlic or steamed. Fish is very easy and quick to make. Keep it wrapped individually in the freezer. Same goes with boneless chicken breast. Experiment and find what works for you. You will be so happy with your new self that this won't feel like a burden to you, it will feel like a joy. Good luck. :smug:

shyla2001
05-06-2007, 08:58 AM
Thanks for all the encouragement guys! Keep it coming!

jillybean720
05-06-2007, 12:32 PM
You said you've already lost 12 pounds--how long did that take you? If you were losing at a healthy, consistent rate, then why change what works, regardless of what anyone or any online calculator says? If your only problem is that you feel tired, I might try adding in exercise before I adjust the calories. It may sound counterproductive, but for most people, becoming MORE active will give you MORE energy, plus you'll be burning some more of those calories anyway, which gives basically the same effect as reducing your calories.

Just another suggestion :)

punchi
05-06-2007, 02:04 PM
My nutricionist give me a 1200 calories diet and i been loosing about 3 pounds per week and i`m never hungry, of course i can`t eat most of the jummy stuffs but it`s ok as long as i loose weight

clvquilts
05-06-2007, 03:37 PM
Fill up on veggies and fruit. That plus whole grains and one meal a day containing protein - usually fish or poultry - and I have trouble eating enough to make it all the way up to 1200 calories which is my weight loss level.

When I get down 2 more pounds to my ideal weight, I'm going to really have to make an effort to eat 1400 calories worth.

It is doable and enjoyable. Please pass the carrots.

jillybean720
05-06-2007, 03:42 PM
Fill up on veggies and fruit. That plus whole grains and one meal a day containing protein - usually fish or poultry - and I have trouble eating enough to make it all the way up to 1200 calories which is my weight loss level.
Wow, power to you! Protein only once a day--I'd be STARVING! I try to get protein with EVERY meal and with most snacks, too!

Just another example of how everyone has to work the trial and error to find what's right for YOU :)

clvquilts
05-06-2007, 03:51 PM
Jill - I should have said I also have milk, soymilk, or yogurt with my first meal of the day, so that counts as some protein, but not as much as my dinner meal.

shyla2001
05-06-2007, 04:04 PM
Well, I heading out to the grocery store soon. I'm going to get lots of veggies, which I NEVER do. I'm planning to cut them up, wrap in tin foil & "roast" in the oven, maybe with a touch of olive oil? (I really don't know what I"m doing when it comes to veggies - I've always relied on the canned staples of corn, peas, and green beans).

JayEll
05-06-2007, 04:08 PM
Shyla, you should also consider frozen vegetables. These days many brands come in packs that just go right in the microwave, and they are quick, easy, and taste great.

Jay

emilyk
05-06-2007, 04:27 PM
YES, roast them! This is my absolute favorite way to have veggies. I cut them up (smaller for things like carrots, turnips, onion, sweet potato, larger or not at all for asparagus, green beans, etc.). I throw them all in a ziploc bag, pour a few tablespoons of olive oil in there (depending on how many veggies), and toss to coat very well. Then spread them in the pan and generously sprinkle with salt (sea salt is yummiest, imo). Then roast at 450 and check on them after 20 minutes or so. Asparagus, cauliflower, green beans, etc. don't take long...root veggies will take longer). You want them to be a little browned around the edges. They are sooo sooo yummy like this. Sometimes I take a few peeled garlic cloves and add them to the roasting, then toss them all together to coat everything with roasted garlic. This will make a veggie convert out of you. Canned...blech! I don't even like frozen unless they are in a stew or maybe a stir fry. Fresh is DELICIOUS! I actually look forward to eating my veggies now!!

shyla2001
05-06-2007, 05:53 PM
Well, I'm back from the grocery & bought ALOT of produce. I'm pretty leery that alot of it will go bad, because that's how it always goes when I buy groceries (because I always have good intentions, but then eat "processed foods" instead). But I'm also going to make a list of the perishables that I need to use up before they go bad & put it smack dab on my fridge door, so it's right in my face every day reminding me.

Zorak
05-06-2007, 06:45 PM
Personally I would go with what calorie level works for you, not what some calculator or person says.

I lose/maintain on 2200-2400 calories a day. If I eat under 2000, then I am starving all day long regardless of what kinds of foods I eat.

Exercise is a good suggestion. Not only will you get more energy from it, but you will sleep better as well. Additionally what kinds of foods you eat will have an impact on your energy level as well. Refined carbs like white bread and sugar will cause your energy level to slump.

almostheaven
05-06-2007, 09:58 PM
That's just it - I haven't REALLY had to buckle down yet, and was enjoying it. Now, I'm really going to have to start being creative, eating more veggies, etc etc..... ie - cooking. *yuck* LOL
Join the ranks of NonCookaholics Anonymous. I'm a proud member. :D What I learned to do was to cook in abundance and freeze. Less time spent where I want to be the least...the kitchen. So I take a day and fix up large batches of healthy meals and freeze portions. You can do it while you clean one day. You get a lot accomplished then you're back out into the world another week. ;)