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Sunday, October 15, 2017

SURPRISE! Nutrition tracking is kind of "like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get." (Trust me, read all the way to the end)

The first time I tracked my nutrition, it was part of a previous 5% challenge. I was truly stunned, shocked, and in disbelief at my results. Why? Well, my recommended minimum calories from my doctor and trainer with the level of exercise I do is 1400 calories and when I tracked my daily meals I found that I was consuming on average....... 800 - 900 calories a day. I never imagined it was so little.

I always thought that if you gain weight you must be eating too much and it feels like society thrusts upon those of us who are above our "ideal" weight that we must be eating too much or too often. I discovered that I was eating 3 meals daily with 1 snack, but since it was mostly fresh fruits and veggies with a bit of protein, my calories were extremely low.

Eating too little calories can be just as damaging to health as eating too much. The body starts to store everything because it thinks it is starving. It slows the metabolism to a snail's pace to conserve energy, too.

When I started changing my eating to reach the minimum of 1400 calories, I lost 15 lbs. in just 2.5 weeks. I thought to myself "Wait a minute, wait a minute....... I am losing weight by eating more! That's crazy!!!" Crazy, but true. So, I am eating more, but still eating very healthy, clean and whole-foods related.

Whether your tracking shows you need to reduce calories, alter when you are eating those calories (like too much protein or carbs at one meal vs. another), or increase your calories, it is a very valuable tool in getting healthy and fit.

Need help with tracking? Struggling with some part of it? Please message me and I will help.

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    I've read that you have to eat for your weight (only eat 500 calories less than needed to sustain weight) and as you reduce weight you reduce calories. I tried starvation diets in the past and never again. I stalled in my weight loss and when I did go back to eating like a normal person the weight piled on.
    1027 days ago
    I do believe that eating too few calories is not good for you in many ways! Great blog!
    1029 days ago
    emoticon Yes, I have heard that too . . .. eating too little can be just as big a problem as eating too much!

    1029 days ago
    Fascinating and interesting. Who would've thought! emoticon emoticon
    1029 days ago
  • EISSA7
    Love the poster at the end! emoticon It seems that you are onto something with your weight loss and increased calories... the key may well be eating 1400 calories of whole food to nourish your body...
    1029 days ago
    You need fuel to burn fat.
    1030 days ago
    Hopefully this won't make it an issue for me later on. But happy for you that you found the problem to your weight gain. Tracking your food definitely helps as proven just by your story.
    1030 days ago
    I have found that since I started eating better my calorie intake is lower than before but way lower than what it is recommended by this site. But I have heard of stories like your own where not eating enough will make you gain weight.
    1030 days ago
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