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shishkeberry
06-22-2011, 09:41 PM
What do the rest of you do when your calories for the day are too low but you're not hungry? I feel like I ate plenty today but I haven't even reached 1000 calories. That's even with having a snack of potato chips and putting butter in my mashed potatoes. I know that 900 some calories is too low (and today was a gym day so my calorie deficit is higher than usual to boot), but I'm just not hungry. Do I force myself to eat something or what?


zoodoo613
06-22-2011, 09:45 PM
Averages matter, not absolute daily intake. Chances are you'll be hungrier tomorrow. Eat then.

RJ 1980
06-22-2011, 09:54 PM
That honestly has NEVER happened to me, lol! I wish! I know that I would never force myself to eat if I wasn't hungry and didn't want to though. I wouldn't worry unless it was an everyday consistent thing.


Fungramma
06-22-2011, 09:57 PM
I JUST went though this about 10 minutes ago!! I was only at 1300 for the day and I know that I have to have at least 1600 or I really do stall in my loss. I had a bagelthin, and then a yogurt and finally remembered I had some oreos so had a couple of those and am now at 1800. I would have been satisfied with the 1300 but I know I needed more and I don't like to go below 1800 very often. I had already been below the last 2 days and didnt want it to become a habit.

berryblondeboys
06-22-2011, 10:34 PM
I agree with voodoo. Never eat if you don't feel the hunger. We aren't machines, so some days we are hungry and some days we aren't. Yes, mostl likely you will be hungrier tomorrow, so allow a HEALTHY additional calories when you are feeling hungry.

shishkeberry
06-22-2011, 10:36 PM
Fungramma, that's me too. Monday and tuesday were pretty low as well.

krampus
06-22-2011, 10:44 PM
"Don't eat if you're not hungry" works as long as you have a semi-"normal" relationship with food and aren't prone to wanting to starve yourself, I think.

berryblondeboys
06-22-2011, 10:48 PM
I JUST went though this about 10 minutes ago!! I was only at 1300 for the day and I know that I have to have at least 1600 or I really do stall in my loss. I had a bagelthin, and then a yogurt and finally remembered I had some oreos so had a couple of those and am now at 1800. I would have been satisfied with the 1300 but I know I needed more and I don't like to go below 1800 very often. I had already been below the last 2 days and didnt want it to become a habit.

See, I don't get this. I don't see how someone can stall by occasionally eating less. And then I really don't understand eating empty calories to get up to a calorie number. Bagel thins - empty calories, oreos - empty calories, and unless that was a plain yogurt, that also had a lot of sugar, but at least yogurt has some merit.

A body doesn't need straight out sugar. It needs nutrients. So I am struggling here on how this is helping you with weight loss by throwing sugar at the body?

Now, if you wre just really craving oreos and had a couple to deal with the craving, I can somewhat understand that, but just to add calories for the day is counter intuitive and I would never suggest to someone else to do something similar.

berryblondeboys
06-22-2011, 10:51 PM
"Don't eat if you're not hungry" works as long as you have a semi-"normal" relationship with food and aren't prone to wanting to starve yourself, I think.

Ah, this is where I am beginning to struggle with mentally - am I really not hungry or is my mind going to bad places and I'm just not wanting to eat food! And how do you know the difference?

Fungramma
06-22-2011, 11:05 PM
See, I don't get this. I don't see how someone can stall by occasionally eating less. And then I really don't understand eating empty calories to get up to a calorie number. Bagel thins - empty calories, oreos - empty calories, and unless that was a plain yogurt, that also had a lot of sugar, but at least yogurt has some merit.

A body doesn't need straight out sugar. It needs nutrients. So I am struggling here on how this is helping you with weight loss by throwing sugar at the body?

Now, if you wre just really craving oreos and had a couple to deal with the craving, I can somewhat understand that, but just to add calories for the day is counter intuitive and I would never suggest to someone else to do something similar.

Wow. I thought this was a support board, not a 'criticize other's eating habits' board. Guess I'm in the wrong place.

krampus
06-22-2011, 11:12 PM
Ah, this is where I am beginning to struggle with mentally - am I really not hungry or is my mind going to bad places and I'm just not wanting to eat food! And how do you know the difference?

This is a tough area and I've definitely gone the "I'm going to not eat until I suddenly feel nauseous and faint" route before. If you suspect you're venturing into that dark area it might be good to set a "minimum" marker? How is your energy during workouts? I know I've not been eating enough of the right stuff if I don't have the energy to do my cardio DVD (I only own one).

berryblondeboys
06-22-2011, 11:16 PM
This is a tough area and I've definitely gone the "I'm going to not eat until I suddenly feel nauseous and faint" route before. If you suspect you're venturing into that dark area it might be good to set a "minimum" marker? How is your energy during workouts? I know I've not been eating enough of the right stuff if I don't have the energy to do my cardio DVD (I only own one).

So far so good with having enough energy for working out and with every day stuff. But maybe I would feel more energetic yet. It's such a fine line. And I am finding myself asking myself more - am I hungry or am I not? And not knowing is strange!

Proatthis
06-23-2011, 12:06 AM
I agree with the averages over time. Sometimes you just are not hungry and some days you won't understand why your so hungry. But that being said it's hard for a lot of people to listen to their body and eat accordingly. If you can do that then great. I am all for trusting in your body and feeding and nourishing yourself properly.

Therefore what I do is if I'm not hungry and still under calories. I leave it because I know il make it up over the week.

duckyyellowfeet
06-23-2011, 12:10 AM
I'm not trying to be rude or anything....but are you *sure* you're only at 900 calories for the day?

1 tablespoon of butter is 100 calories in and of itself. Granted, you easily could have used less but I'm just curious if you're really weighing and measuring all of your food accurately. 900 calories is just really low to A) include chips AND butter and b) still have you feeling full.

That being said, at this point in the day, I'd be checking to see how nutritionally sound my day was and trying to round out the categories I was lacking in. But if you're not hungry and you feel confident in your measuring techniques, not eating any more should be fine.

MariaMaria
06-23-2011, 12:28 AM
"Don't eat if you're not hungry" works as long as you have a semi-"normal" relationship with food and aren't prone to wanting to starve yourself, I think.

This.

Obviously you don't need to tell us, but give some thought to whether it's a lack of hunger or the beginning of something more disordered.

(Me? It'd be either massive stress, which would be obvious, or not-good food issues.)

luckymommy
06-23-2011, 12:30 AM
Fungramma, I don't think you're in the wrong board at all. This is a great place of support. Sometimes, you will get advice that has very good intentions and maybe just comes off a bit harsh. If that happens, you can let the person know or just move on because more likely than not, you will benefit a lot from sticking around. I hope you do. I think Berryblondboys is a very nice person and she meant well, if I had to guess. I'm really sorry it didn't help you. I will be honest that when I read your post, I was surprised that you felt so strongly about reaching a certain amount of calories for the day. On the other hand, you've already lost a lot of weight so whatever you're doing is working for you! :) I hope you'll stay. :hug:

indiblue
06-23-2011, 12:43 AM
I personally WOULD eat something if I only ate 1000 calories and some of that came from potato chips and butter (a serving of each, totaling around 250-300 cals, or around 25-30% of my daily food intake?). Nothing wrong either of them, but they offer little in the way of nutrients your body needs. When that significant a percentage of my cals come from sources like that I do supplement, whether I'm hungry or not: eggs, 1/2 c yogurt, a salad, SOMETHING to help round out the day.

As someone who is on 1200 I think it's vitally important to make sure on so few calories we are getting the proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins/minerals we need. I do slip up and waste some on candy or chips, but I always try to rectify that by eating something nutritionally dense.

shishkeberry
06-23-2011, 02:26 AM
The chips were only 140 cal and by butter, I mean light margarine and I only had two teaspoons. I had a banana for breakfast, turkey and tomato on whole wheat toast with a spinach salad with tomatoes, carrots and strawberries and half a serving of light dressing and a light yogurt for lunch. Dinner was grilled chicken breast with an ear of corn and half a cup of mashed potatoes and a half a serving of bbq sauce . According to my calorie tracker it was 935 cal.

170starting
06-23-2011, 08:14 AM
I agree with some of the ladies in that I do not eat if I am not hungry because chances are, I will be hungrier another day.

berryblondeboys
06-23-2011, 09:09 AM
I personally WOULD eat something if I only ate 1000 calories and some of that came from potato chips and butter (a serving of each, totaling around 250-300 cals, or around 25-30% of my daily food intake?). Nothing wrong either of them, but they offer little in the way of nutrients your body needs. When that significant a percentage of my cals come from sources like that I do supplement, whether I'm hungry or not: eggs, 1/2 c yogurt, a salad, SOMETHING to help round out the day.

As someone who is on 1200 I think it's vitally important to make sure on so few calories we are getting the proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins/minerals we need. I do slip up and waste some on candy or chips, but I always try to rectify that by eating something nutritionally dense.

This makes sense. I would possibly throw in an apple or a slice of watermelon or a protein shake or bar to even out the nutrients.

berryblondeboys
06-23-2011, 09:14 AM
Wow. I thought this was a support board, not a 'criticize other's eating habits' board. Guess I'm in the wrong place.

I wasn't trying to be mean, but there is support and there is support. I had a choice here - support the OP or support what you were saying. I struggled with what to do or say, but I felt it was important to say something that countered your advice because it's not sound advice.

I wasn't trying to be mean, but I was trying to point to it's problems so that shishkeberry didn't think it was a good plan. I know this site is for everyone on every type of plan, but that doesn't mean most people agree with some people's plans. You may not agree with mine and you might have a point there too because no one or no plan is perfect.

Mickey79sf
06-23-2011, 01:46 PM
I had a choice here - support the OP or support what you were saying.


you are half right.. your choice was to support the OP.. you responded like Fungramma was giving her harmful advice because sha said she ate an oreo.. really! i understand why Fungramma reacted the way she did because your comments reeked of judgement and negativity and no one comes here for that. like u said, no ones plan is perfect and everyone is just trying to find what works for them and we come here for support, advice and community. the OP will glean from the thread what advice and information is useful to her. she doesn't need anyone else to do it for her. now im not trying to be mean, but honest, and to be honest.. your comments left a bad taste in my mouth.
mickey

luciddepths
06-23-2011, 02:01 PM
Wow anyway!!!


I eat even if I'm not hungry every 2-3 hours, just something small! it keeps my calories balanced and my blood sugar and prevents me from eating things I shouldn't!

IsabellaOlivia
06-23-2011, 06:34 PM
I tend to just eat something to make the calories go above 1200 calories even if I'm not hungry, because I know that if I eat less than 1200 calories one day, I will be really hungry the next day and have less energy for working out.

envelope
06-23-2011, 10:00 PM
I tend to eat in a calorie range which averages out to be about 1500 calories a day. I eat breakfast/snack/lunch/snack/dinner/and sometimes another snack. I eat a little something through out the day all the way through dinner even if I am not hungry because I know that if I do not I frequently binge that night if I do not. After dinner, if I am not hungry and lower than my calorie range, I personally would not eat just to get the range up.

Today I was really hungry and went to 1900. When I average the days of this week, I am only at 1532 so I am not stressed that I ate more today when I needed it, because other days this week I did not need the cals, and did not eat them. This may not work for everyone, but it works for me.