Normal healthy eaters?

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hackneyed

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Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 21:03
Please, reassure me that there are actually people on this website who are more concerned with their overall health than with counting exact calories... I'm beginning to wonder if this website hurts people more than it helps. I don't want to be comparing myself to members who eat 900 calories a day.
munestar32

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Posted: 02 Mar 2009, 21:13
Everyone chooses their own way to go about trying to lose weight here. Some support one way, and others support different ways. I have seen people count calories and eat as little as 900 calories or those who eat as many at 1800. Some do Atkins, some do South Beach. There are a gazillion different diets going on in this site. Personally, I try to aim for 1400 calories a day, but I try to listen to my body. If I feel I need more, or even if I just want a treat now and again, then I don't beat myself up over it. I try to lose 1 - 2 pounds a week, if I lose 3, great. If I lose more than that, then I will probably re-examine what I am doing.

In short, everyone is different here. Find the people that think the same way you do, then friend them.
desertsnail

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 02:06
I think that the members range the gamut- and that those that choose to restrict their calories so drastically would probably do it with or without the aid of the website.

The site does put a greater focus on calories than I personally would like- but it does also allow you to add some more nutritional info to the diet calendar such as fiber and cholesterol. I do wish that you could also display additional nutritional information like vitamins, mineral etc as well.

It would also be nice to be able to log body fat percentage in the same way we do weight- because it's not all just about weight- even more important (for me at least) is the ratio of muscle to fat. You could be losing pure muscle weight and be setting yourself up for worse failure in the future as your metabolism slows down.

That said, the site does give us quite a few options and its a very useful tool- and it's very nice to have a community to support you and challenges to get your butt moving. Smile
Llanitoexp

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 04:26
I too find that "Compare Yourself to others" thing down on the right hand side ridiculous, sometimes I look at it and see people with 400 cal a day intake. They're either killing themselves or the way the system works is ridiculous and just misleading. I'm not here to compare myself to anyone, just to achieve my goal.
roo_lane

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 04:33
I'm glad some one else has found that! I've been freaking out because everytime I log my food I come out as eating about twice as much as everyone else. I think some people only log some of their food because I can't believe anyone can live on 400 calories
D2na

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 05:45
oh thank you for posting this,, I thought I was doing horrible compared to everyone else on eating! And I agree I am not here to compare myself to others, but sometimes it happens because of that little information in the bottom, but now I just don't look at it. I do enjoy being able to put in what I have eaten for the day or what I will be eating to see the serving size, and the exercise journal is also helpful to see what I am doing in a day to become stronger.
kchien

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 10:23
I'm counting calories, and measuring and weighing what I eat as a way to get a handle on 'portion control'. Also to monitor what I'm eating to make sure I'm getting the right mix of vegetables, protein and grains.

I agree with you, 900 calories isn't a healthy or even effective way to lose weight, but monitoring calories isn't a bad thing in and of itself. I think a lot of people are unable to lose weight because they don't really have a realistic idea of how much they are actually eating.
kchien

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 10:25
ps - I think it's way more likely that people aren't writing everything down than eating 400 calories a day. I never even paid attention to that graph or noticed it until now.
bethru

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 10:41
I agree that it is dangereous to eat too few caloies. However, you can eat a very healthy and balanced diet for less than 1000 calories. I was 148 when I joined weigh watchers and my limit was 20pts per day which translates to 1000 calories. I learned that if I stuck to whole food diet of a serving of lean protein, one of whole grain and lots of vegis, it was very easy to stick to stay within the guidelines. I even had to add food to increase up to the 20pts sometimes. This also included two servings of milk a day. What you have to remember is that the calories required and burned depends on your current weight. At 130 my body burns only about 1450 per day with no exercise and at 148 it was about 1550 so restricting to 1000 gave me a loss of about 1.5 per week which is well within guidelines. I do agree that the sideline of 'compare yourself to others' takes an extreme low and while I will argue until I'm blue that I can eat plenty and healthy on 900 to 1000 per day, no one can convince me that 400 is safe.
goffmt

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 10:42
Counting calories in of itself is not bad -- it's math. It takes burning 3500 calories to lose one pound. Knowing the difference between what you're putting into your body and what you're burning off can let you gauge how quickly or slowly you'll drop the weight you want to.

My initial few weigh ins here has me drop 5 lbs instantly, a few days later put 4 back on, then drop a smaller amount later. Last night I added up the calorie deficit between all my logged days and the math came out fine -- so far I've lost exactly what I should have based on what I eat vs what I burn; between 1200-1800 deficit per day.

I personally started using this site over other choices because it has an app for my G1; I can scan a barcode and enter it easily. If you'd like something with more options as far as tracking specific nutrients for dietary needs, take a look at SparkPeople.com -- it's free, too, and gives a much broader option of things to track. I just don't like the interface as much as here, and there's no G1 app for it Smile
hackneyed

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Posted: 03 Mar 2009, 17:12
Thanks for your replies! It's good to know that I'm not losing my mind...
Llanitoexp

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Posted: 04 Mar 2009, 08:08
I just checked mine and apparently I have to compare myself to someone who consumes an average of 468 calories a day. There is a very rude answer to that. Or perhaps they should consider I've lost 22lbs in four months consuming about 1800 a day. I am going to write to the webmaster and ask him/her to remove that it could harm people
Sweetalot

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Posted: 04 Mar 2009, 13:29
I keep track of how much I eat but merely for the purpose of making sure that I don't overeat and if an occasion arises that I do over-eat, I don't kick myself down for it. My overall health is what matters to me. No sense in stressing and fretting over every little thing that goes in my mouth.

I also keep myself fit with various types of exercise to be healthy, not necessarily to get thinner.
Gaëts
Deserve...

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Posted: 04 Mar 2009, 17:17
I dont count calories at all. I've tried, but all the weighing and counting drives me crazy and leads to binge eating. I know whats allowed on my diet, I know what I like from the Green light foods, and I stick to those as much as possible.

Honestly, keeping track of all of that can only lead to unhealthy obssesions. Although, keeping an eye on things is probably a good idea.


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rosalea

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Posted: 04 Mar 2009, 17:54
I decided that the food and calorie intake comparison thing in the lower right corner was just a joke. Truly. I am currently losing 1 - 2 lbs a week and am VERY happy about that. So, whatever the difference between my calorie consumption and someone else's might be, that number is essentially meaningless.
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micami

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Posted: 04 Mar 2009, 21:26
You have to keep an open mind. Everybody's different. I can definetly see how tracking all those calories can possibly lead some to become crazy about what theyre eating. On the same note, what may become an unhealthy obsession for one person, may be what keeps someone else on track. Being able to track calories has taught me ALOT about portion control. I never knew how many calories I was consuming before I started changing my eating habits, and it was pretty alarming. As far as the comparison on the bottom, I dont think its intended to become a contest, or make you feel like your not doing it right just because your not keeping up with other people. Keep in mind that many people dont track EVERY day, or may only track SOME of what they are eating. It still averages out all together, so the numbers are very misleading. If it bothers you, dont look at it, or dont make anything of it. Everybody's different, so concern yourself with YOUR success, and YOUR plans, and everything will be just fine. Hope it wasnt harsh. =0) Everyone keep up the good work!!!!! Losing weight is a hard battle, be proud you are strong enough to be fighting!
Chelly
goffmt

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Posted: 05 Mar 2009, 06:50
micami wrote:
Being able to track calories has taught me ALOT about portion control.

Couldn't say it better. I had no idea how much or what I was putting into my body until I started counting.
AngieBern

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Posted: 05 Mar 2009, 07:29
I hear you. I felt the same way. Counting calories was a big eye opener for me as well. Now, I have it under control and I'm starting to feel good about myself. Have a great day.
Angie
Bulgerino

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Posted: 05 Mar 2009, 10:43
I've been consuming 3,300 calories a day and it would be more if it wasn't for this great service/calorie counter. I'm working out which is helping me burn approx. 3,700 calories a day.
I'm losing about 1.5 lbs a week. Eating less than 3,000 calories leaves me hungry. Before I started fatsecret.com, I imagine I was eating over 5,000 calories a day.
I've learned to not let that comparison chart at the bottom right of the screen affect me too negatively, as there are always going to be people smaller, skinnier, faster, stronger, whatever. And there will also always be people who stretch the truth, purposely leave information out and go overboard and over do it and try to be the best, even when being the best isn't important. Being consistent is what most important. For me, it's not over eating on Sundays. That's what's most important to me right now.

If you are only eating 400 calories a day, then I hope there is a good explanation. Otherwise, you are overdoing it and you will burn out fast.
MrsJ819

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Posted: 08 Mar 2009, 16:58
I've looked at that comparison a few times, and by the time I put my breakfast in I'm already over what everyone else has. I just don't look at it anymore. I couldn't figure out the formula of how it was comparing me - so I stopped trying. Your own results are your best tracking tool - don't worry about what the website says.



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