getting annoyed with calorie counting

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jackiebuggrl

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Posted: 09 May 2014, 19:48
I have a thyroid problem, it recently went too high and i've been on an increased dose of synthroid for two weeks. for about 6 weeks I've been doing this awesome pilates work out plan that is pretty tough and definitely effective. I have gained a tiny bit (unless the dryers at the laundromat really ARE too high...which I suspect because i shrunk pretty much all of my husband's clothes on freaking delicate!) I've gained about 4 lbs, but don't actually look any different. I'm trying to focus more on diet now, and feel like i eat way too many calories. Now, I try to eat better quality foods like whole grains and fruits but it is still showing as sugars and carbs even though they aren't all "bad" carbs or sugar. I also don't know if maybe the calories this program is permitting for me (1800 a day) is too many. I know the recommended 1200 for weight loss is a bit low, but 1800 seems high and i feel so fat at the end of the day. Suggestions?
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 07:02
Whole grains, fruits, and veggies all have carbs. The rdi calculator here showed 1800 for me to lose other ones showed 12-1300. I went by those. By eating whole no processed primarily plant based foods with a bit of fish and meat here and there, cutting out most sugar, and exercise I've lost 55pounds over the last 1 1/2 years. Some of that was periods of not paying attention so back at it seriously last Sept and added strength training then as I finally had my docs ok to do so. Still have lots of exercise to go to be fit and healthy but definitely a big change from last year. It's a lifetime change not just a weight loss diet.

With any health issues make sure you have your docs ok for exercise. Mine says cut back when my asthma is acting up and no way for a week or so when i've had pneumonia. She also wants me to increase my cardio for endurance to build up my lungs.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
corifeo

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 09:25
Jackiebuggrl am going to be honest with you if you are not losing weight it’s because you are getting to many calories and I think you already know this.

The quality of your foods has very little effect when it comes to weight loss, it’s all about creating a caloric deficit and if all you’re using to create this deficit is pilates you are going to be waiting for a long time.

Pilates is a good exercise I do it myself but it has a big disadvantage of being both an Isometric and anaerobic exercise you are not going to burn to many caloric doing it.

There is no magic bullet to dieting with a deficit the large the deficit the more weight you will loss but at the same time the more stress you will feel when doing so.

Last thing good luck.


danban42

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 11:54
I go to Weight watchers I am in the uk.. With the filling and healthy diet there is no counting If eat foods off the filling and healthy list .. they do allow you 49 pro points a week for any extras not on the filling and healthy list but they have to last the full week and you don't have to use them. You just You can alternate between pro point meals and filling and healthy daily... its easy and fun.. Why not give it a go.
Dan
jackiebuggrl

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 15:54
Thanks for the info Jeri. I think 1200 is too few, I think that 1400 is what my dietitian friend recommended but this site says 1800.

Cori, thanks again for the info. Like I explained, I'm losing inches and what not, slowly but surely. My TSH was recently tested at 5.4 and the normal stops at 4.5 (and that's even higher than most endocrinologists want you to be....mine needs me under 2.3) So, the stall is partially to blame on the thyroid and definitely some diet problems. My dietitian friend actually reccommeded this site, so i was a bit taken back when i saw 1800. With the pilates, its a more advanced form that is actually very nicely mixed with aerobics so your heart rate does go up. She has like 5 work outs to do a day with one rest day, and it usually alternates between a certain area and cardio. I know its effective, i am definitel getting stronger and can see my self improving but the numbers on the scale are beginning to be a bit of a bummer. I realize muscle weighs more than fat, but i'm like about 2 inches away from having the stomach i want and its SO....FREAKING....ANNOYING.....

Dan- thanks for that suggestion! I know there are many diets out there and everyone has a different success..... i need to find a way to get more vegetables because sometimes i eat too many fruits (big time sweet tooth right here lol!)
karateorangu...

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 16:35
Well just be aware that the fat around the midsection is extremely tough. Visceral fat has a bad habit of hanging around than other types. With a proper calorie deficit in your diet it will slowly go away.

Make sure that you are in-taking enough protein to support your new muscle growth as well. I don't know what your intake between carbs, fat, and protein are; but your protein should be high enough to support muscle growth.

For example if your in-taking 1200 calories I would thing you'd want to intake anywhere from 70-90 grams of protein.

I feel you on the numbers too... this site wants me to eat 3100 calories a day... i stay right around 2000 when I'm trying to cut fat off. So, it might be a little off.
jackiebuggrl

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 18:43
Hey Karate, thank you!! I typicall get about 60 g of protein so maybe i should invest in whey protein to make some shakes. I just hate using the blender at home (its a PITA to clean,) and hate paying 6 bucks at my gym. Honestly my diet isn't too bad like i said i usually have a salad, a peanut butter (little bit of) jelly sandwich on whole grain, egg whites, and chicken for dinner. I DO have a sweet tooth- that's my down fall.
mummydee

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 19:09
Try this calculator, http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html

FS told me 1600 which is way more than I can eat. The link gave me 1100 which is working fine.
jackiebuggrl

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Posted: 10 May 2014, 21:14
I think the consensus I'm getting is 1200-1500. I changed my activity level on here to sedentary. My job is very sedentary, but when I am not at work i'm always doing something- cleaning, running errands, working out, etc. I rarely sit on my butt and do nothing....though I wouldn't be opposed to it. I'd rather focus on a lower calorie content and add my work outs to compensate for them. If I miss a work out I DEFINITELY watch what I eat.
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 11 May 2014, 07:22
I have a little smoothie maker, WalMart has 2 brands usually for $19.95. IT works great and easy to clean, mine is a faberware. I think when it wears out I might invest in a little better one simply because it gets used nearly everyday.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri
wholefoodnut

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Posted: 11 May 2014, 08:06
Jackie, everyone's calorie amount that works for them is different. I keep my activity level as sedentary also because I also have a desk job. I also wanted to lose weight slowly so eating right and exercise would become part of my daily routine. Even with all the physical work i've done in the past week (it's in my journal) I can tell my body is missing my workout routine. I do think mummydee's link to a calculator is more accurate. On many previous threads most seem to agree that fat secrets is high.

Enjoy the summer and the sunshine.

Jeri



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