Experimenting With Calories

So, I said that Extremely Low Calories Stalled My Weight Loss  ... but after looking back at my food log in MFP, I averaged the calories for each week to determine what I was eating for a loss.. and the week that I didn't have a loss.

After talking with my dietitian friend and getting some tips, I've decided to experiment with my calories. I don't want to specify a range because I don't want someone to eat 'what I'm eating' because that's what I'm doing. I'm 4'10" and I weigh 114lbs - my calories will not be the same for someone who is taller.

But my plan is to eat lower calorie, healthy choices, and very little processed foods. But I'm going to listen to my body. If I'm too tired to get through my workouts then I will up my calories. And I know that I have to choose my food wisely. I can't eat junk food (even though I might stay within range) and be healthy or able to function.

So I'm experimenting this week and curious to see what happens. Will I be able to stick to the plan without binging on junk food or mindless eating? Will I lose weight with the lower calorie range with healthy food choices? Or do I really need to eat more in general?

Here is my sample breakfast on the lower calorie experiment. 

2 pieces of bread, 1 tablespoon of natural peanut butter, half a banana, 1 boiled egg, 1/2 grapefruit and 8 ounces of veggie juice. I have found that making my breakfast the biggest calorie meal of the day where I eat the majority of my carbs (and of course protein at every meal) has been the best for me. It has kept my sugar cravings in check for the most part. This meal is about 439 calories, 20g protein, 63g carbs, 9g fiber, 18g sugar (keep in mind it's mostly natural sugar), and 14g fat.

Since I didn't have a loss this week, I really hope to have a decent weight loss this upcoming week.

Stay tuned....

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  1. I am trying to eat all my calories so my weightloss does not stall as you described. Nevertheless I am losing very little. Ugh. We will figure this out!

    1. It's so hard.. am I eating too little? Too much? The wrong thing?? When did food become so complicated?!?! I'm going to give this a week (or a little less if I don't see anything happening with a loss at all) and if there isn't a loss I'm bumping them up and see what happens.. but I thought I'd listen to advice and try this first... Good luck!

  2. I wish I had a way to fire up your calorie burning furnace. For me it's strength training. Altho I do eat ALL the food the day after I work out with my coach. But I agree that restricting calories is not the way to go. I think it is about the types of foods eaten.


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