Last night I posted a question to my facebook page:
On this post I received wildly differing opinions.
- You can actually gain weight by not consuming enough
- If your goal is weight loss, under eating can definitely hinder you. Although I do believe its not all about calorie counting as much as what you’re eating! But honestly 1200 calories seems low for all the exercise you’re putting in.
- Turn off the app and eat healthy foods until you’re satisfied. Numbers on a phone do not know what you need.
- Don’t eat more!!
- Eat nuts for snacks or fuller fat dairy. Easy peasy way to up calorie intake without eating more when you’re not hungry.
You have to fuel your body for the work you’re making it do. You wouldn’t drive your car on E when driving all over creation, so you can’t do the same to your body.
My Fitness Pal actually gives you a warning if you try and complete your food diary with a calorie deficit this large:
Based on your total calories consumed for today, you are likely not eating enough.
But if I don’t feel hungry, if I feel satisfied, must I eat more? About an hour later, I started to feel hungry. After drinking some water to be sure it wasn’t boredom or thirst making me feel hungry I concluded that yes, I was actually hungry, so I ate some protein. Would I have eaten a little bit of baby bell cheese had the app told me I had reached 1200 or 1500 or 2000 calories already, yes, I was actually hungry. I knew what my body was telling me and I fueled my body.
I’m using the app to ‘check myself before I wreck myself‘ as the saying goes. I am an over-eater, I binge eat, I can eat an entire bag of potato chips and not feel full or satisfied. This is how, plus living a sedentary life, that I ended up in a size 24 pant and having a heart that skipped beats. These numbers on an app help me regulate myself, yes, but also help me learn about my body. For years I ate until I was stuffed and sick. I’m nearly 40 and just now trying to learn what it truly feels like to be hungry, satisfied or full. These are all feelings I didn’t know to feel – I just ate.
Now that I am working out and no longer living a sedentary life (I did T25 by myself yesterday morning, then did it again in the afternoon with the kids and had a dance party with our little girl) I know I don’t want to eat an entire bag of potato chips but I am also struggling with how to fuel my body like an athlete. I know that I am putting the proper fuel into my body but how much to put in is still a struggle. I know that it’s ok to have a treat every now and then. I am not depriving myself, I know I didn’t feel full. But I also know, like some of the comments said last night, that not eating enough will put me into starvation mode and my body will store the fuel I give it as fat.
I’ve read a million articles on the topic and while “less calories in vs more calories out = weightloss” is the only proven, nobody can seem to agree on the right amount of calories for optimal health and weight loss. Remember a couple months ago when people were claiming that their “fitbit made them gain weight”, that’s what we don’t want happening here.
What are the best articles on this topic, fueling for weight loss? I’d love your advice!
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