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Mamma Ria

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Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 10:59
Hi I am new to this program. I wanted to know what do other dieters count? I have tried to watch fat, carbs, and calories it is so hard to stick to all three things any suggestions on what is the best thing for me to try to track! I would appreciate any input. Thanks Smile
FloridaAngel

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Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 11:16
Welcome Mamma Ria! What helped me most is tracking all my food and weight here. I stay low carb since it stops any cravings and try to keep my daily calories around 1200 (but not that successful).
linkrunner

Joined: Dec 10
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Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 11:20
Everyone here will have different opinions, and you may need to try different things to find what works best for you. That said, don't jump around too often, it'll take some time to see a true trend.

I've done well with watching my total calories, getting healthier carbs - whole foods, less processed, healthier fats - olive oil and avocado, and adding some movement.
schase02

Joined: Jan 10
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Posted: 03 Mar 2016, 11:21
calories for me, I obsess over recording everything.
catservant

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Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 06:18
The bottom line is that you have to reduce calories to a level that creates a deficit...in other words, you need to burn more calories in daily activities than you take in. So...counting calories is in my opinion the most important. Within your calorie limit it is important to pay attention to good nutrition...and the most nutritious foods are also the lowest in calories.
davemorris

Joined: Jan 16
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Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 06:22
Placidway Team told me the same. But how am I supposed to count every calorie I eat/drink when I work, I have 2 children and a husband who works 10 h/day? It feels impossible to me, to be honest. Placidway suggested me some medications, but I'm still confused about that..
catservant

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Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 06:38
Well, to be honest, I actually just stick with 3 plates of food per day. 1/2 the plate is made up of non-starchy veggies & fruits, 1/4 is lean protein, 1/4 is whole grains or starchy vegetables. When I count the calories at the end of the day they usually come in between 1200 and 1400. I allow only non-starchy vegetables for snacks, drink a lot of noncaloric liquids. Using this method I don't have to count.
ptgrand

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Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 09:24
All the replies posted here are all good. One of the reasons I like this site is I find it one of the easiest to journal my food to count calories, protein, fat and carbs. I also like to read other members post and have used many of their ideas and tips regardless of what diet plan they are following. It helps motivate me to keep on going on my plan, even on my not so good days. All of these thoughts of mine have kept me on track to lose. I also want to add to be patience with yourself. Life happens in all of our busy lives, whether daily live things, like work, kids or happy or sad events. I am still learning how to move on when I have those set backs during those times. Sometimes I am able to do it right away, other times a little longer.
mrspackrat

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Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 16:46
I had to retrain myself how to eat. I was heavy into the carbs. Little quality protein, a little fruit and an occasional vegetable. I ate so many calories because most were empty calories due to a high amount of carbs. I now eat so much less but my food is nutrient rich and much more filling. I now have protein at every meal with low sugar fruits/berries or veggies, greens (gone is the bowl of cereal which is mainly fillers). I snack on nuts, seeds, guacamole, hummus, vegetables, low sugar smoothies. I stick to nonprocessed grains--quinoa, wild rice, black rice, etc. I've discovered so many good/delicious foods that I no longer miss the heavy processed food diet I used to be on. When you eat good, you have less cravings, more energy, naturally reduce calories, have good blood sugar/insulin and your body just naturally responds with weightloss. Oh and getting some exercise helps too but you don't need to be a gym rat to make this happen. Good luck!
MrsTofu

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Posted: 07 Mar 2016, 17:41
Mamma Ria, I think a good place to start is by taking a few days and recording everything you eat to see what your baseline habits are like.

Exercise is good, though what and how you eat has a much more profound effect on weight loss than exercise. If you can become familiar with what you normally eat and begin substituting healthier choices for the more processed/ nutritionally empty foods, you should see a positive reflection in your weight loss progress. (Other people here have already made good suggestions for different foods to eat or not eat.)
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mrspackrat

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Posted: 08 Mar 2016, 08:31
I agree with MrsTofu, I started logging everything first which was an eye opener (total daily calories and massive carb grams of 250+). Each meal I started to think about what I was eating, replacing the food on my plate with better choices (took a 2nd helping of veggies vs more pasta). I eliminated certain foods that were just a waste of calories (or had them occasionally--I like the 80/20 rule when it comes to food). It's definitely a process to learn how to eat again where it's a lifestyle and not a temporary diet.
Vickie 5966

Joined: Sep 13
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Posted: 08 Mar 2016, 10:47
I'm in total agreement with MrsTofu and mrspackrat about the logging - and especially about it being a total lifestyle change and NOT a short term diet. Even on the days/meals I don't make the best choices I log everything. It keeps me aware of what I'm eating. It's a great tool to help find out what works for you regarding weightloss AND how your body feels.
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 09 Mar 2016, 03:17
catservant wrote:
The bottom line is that you have to reduce calories to a level that creates a deficit...in other words, you need to burn more calories in daily activities than you take in. So...counting calories is in my opinion the most important. Within your calorie limit it is important to pay attention to good nutrition...and the most nutritious foods are also the lowest in calories.


Exactly, and if you can't do simple math then you just don't want it enough.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.



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