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gusjodi

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 16:45
I am doing the Atkins diet so I'm concentrating on net carbs and not so much calories but here is my problem:
The FatSecret thing recommends I have 1800 calories per day but I'm not averaging anywhere near that amount. I am having a hard time eating enough to get up to the carb level I'm supposed to be at! Will it hinder my weight loss if I don't have enough calories or should I keep focusing on the carbs? And if I do have to have mor calories how the heck am I going to eat THAT much???
kokusho

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 17:20
You should eat more. Eat loads of fattening and protein rich food. You should be hitting more than 100g of fat and protein every day. It's tough at first but you should do it. I remember I used to put butter on everything just to get the necessary amount of fat in. I don't know if you need to be shooting for 1800 kcal or anything but you should definitely be eating more than what i've seen on your diet calendar.
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Myree67

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 17:40
Not eating enough will eventually cause you to stall. It did me at 297 lbs and as of today I've lost 80 lbs now but had to increase my calories to do it!
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gusjodi

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 22:18
Ah, crap.... But I'm SO full!!
gusjodi

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 22:31
And is it just me or does 1800 calories seem like an awful lot?
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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 23:23
It's just you.

If you feel full, than eat foods with a higher caloric density. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter have more calories than 8 ounces of chicken breast. I definitely feel fuller on 8 ounces of chicken though.

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 23:49
You can eat the calories if you eat the calorie dense nutritious proteins. Nuts for example, not a lot of carbs but enough to get you to whatever phase you're in (induction?) Avocados are another nutrient and calorie dense food. 1 California avocado has 17g of carbs, but 13 of those grams are fiber! Plus it has a whopping 322 cals!

There are tons of options. Don't go below your caloric intake. It's really bad on your gallbladder! Really bad on your body as a fat storage device, too. Here's a site that will help you decide what to eat. It's great. I get a lot of my info from it. Hope it helps.

Try sticking to the leaner proteins when it comes to meat, though. So much better for your heart and liver. Good luck.

http://nutritiondata.self.com/
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Hoser

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Posted: 18 Jan 2011, 23:49
FatSecret's recommendations tend to be ab it high. You almost certainly shouldn't go below 1200 per day, though.
gusjodi

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 14:15
I am trying... I will buy more avacados and eat more nuts I guess. :{
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 14:48
I've been wondering the same thing. My recommended is 2900 which is unreal. I've decided that as long as i keep eating the recommended things and include butter or whip cream or olve oil involved ill be ok

I max out at around 62 % of the recommended.

Also note that the site doesnt allow to try lose more than a pould a week, so the index is skewed from the start. Just remember 3500 cal equals a lb so if you continually are below recommended at are at at least 1000 to 1200 cal you are ok

Dont starve yourself, make sure you get the right mix and try follow the diet in Atkins. They give recommended meals....i put them in FatSecret to test and they are well below calorie levels on here
GogglesPaesa...

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 14:56
The figures on burning calories are way inflated. As a 250 lb man at 6 ft. 1 inch, I can't imagine that I'm burning 1,000 calories more than I am taking in. It just doesn't seem possible.
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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 15:11
The heavier you are, the more calories you burn. The more you do (whether it's exercise or work) the more you burn. The more muscle you have the more you burn. A 250lb man probably burns at least 2500 calories a day even if he just sits there.

I think the reason we all think it's less is portion distortion. If you figure out what 2500 calories really is- by measuring- you find it isn't as much as you think! I think the reason we all think we're burning less than the calculators say is because we're eating more than we think. When I started my diet, I thought I was eating 1200 calories a day. But when I finally looked back after I had gotten a food scale and educated myself about portion size, I realized I had been eating more like 2000 probably. Guess what? I still lost weight. Because at almost 300 pounds, you burn well over 3000 calories a day.

Another anecdote: My boyfriend weighs 235 pounds. He's mostly muscle. He eats over 4000 calories a day and never gains weight. In fact, he's lost weight recently even eating that much!

It may not seem possible, and I also didn't think it was possible for a long time, but it IS possible. In fact, I think the diet calendar here is quite accurate. It's our idea of what a calorie is that's off.
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gusjodi

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Posted: 19 Jan 2011, 20:44
I think a ot of people do not really know what they are eating and how many calories they are consuming but that's not the case with me, not now anyway. I am measuring everything I am eating and entering it on here, I'm not guessing. It's just very hard to consume as many calories as the site recommends. Sad I had more snacks today and seemed to do better so maybe that's the key - snacks.
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Posted: 20 Jan 2011, 08:55
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so maybe that's the key - snacks.

...and bacon... loads and loads of delicious bacon...
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Posted: 20 Jan 2011, 09:36
Snacks are very important! Try aiming to to eat every 2 - 3 hours. Cheese is another great source of higher protein and lower car.

also, have you looked into a good protein shake. I personally use Body Fortress (I have found it at Meijer, Walmart so far). It has 130 calories for one serving, but only 3 carbs, and 26 protein! I love it in the morning with a cub of frozen fruit blended in...YUM (just had one this morning in fact) Smile

And it is perfect for post work out...the creatine in it is great for muscle recovery too.
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Posted: 20 Jan 2011, 09:48
Agreed on the avocados & peanut butter...another one that hasn't been mentioned is pork rinds, so if you like those, that's another way to get your calories up.
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Posted: 20 Jan 2011, 10:08
I use WebMd to figure out my calories Smile
gusjodi

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Posted: 20 Jan 2011, 20:57
I can't have the peanut butter yet (at least I don't think I can) in the induction phase, maybe later. Pork rinds, IMO, are just.... well, wrong. Razz I will get more avacados! Smile
GogglesPaesa...

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Posted: 03 Feb 2011, 08:55
Just looking at my calendar for Jan and early Feb I was able to determine that FatSecret calculates my exercise at about 500 more per day than is actual. Because over the last 30 days I've lost 10.8 lbs and at 3,500 calories burned per lb that would be about 37,800 kcal burned over consumed as compared to the 53,500 that FatSecret said I burned over consumed. I'll just subtract 500 from the exercise each day and feel confident that is more accurate.
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Posted: 03 Feb 2011, 09:27
Fatsecrets kcal calculator is very basic. I think the RDI is innacurate as well as the kcal's burned exercising. You're 156 pounds. There's no reason to eat 1800 calories unless you are also working out or have a lot of muscle on you. 1400 is reasonable.

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