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1700 calories is a lot of eating!


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Before I decided to care for myself, I would eat one, really crappy, bad for me, meal each day and I'd stuff my face like crazy.  Since I've been really watching my food, I eat more often and watch my calories.  Still, it seems like I have to eat all day, endlessly to get those 1700 calories.  Most days, I feel like I'm eating non-stop and not coming close to the calories. 


Anyone else feel like they are eating all day but they are still under their calories?


BTW, I'm 215, so I'm no Anna complaining about her carrots.

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i know exactly what you're talking about! this is exactly how i felt when i started cooking for myself and eating good meals instead of fast food, which adds up quickly.

i usually just up my protein a little or have some almonds if i'm below calories.

If you are having a problem getting enough of the calories consider adding some form of fats with all of your meals...not having carbs prior to bed and instead having some cottage cheese with either peanut butter (200 calories easily) or have cottage cheese with a fiber packed  fruit..pear, apple or such. Cottage cheese is a slow digesting protein. 1/2 cup of 1% is about 80 calories. Soy and even egg proteins are slow digesting too.

1 gram of fat= 9 calorie

Good luck.

I am the opposite. Right now I am eating about 2,000 calories a day and have no problem getting that. Peanut butter, cottage cheese, avocados, sweet potatoes, tuna, chicken, brown rice, cereal, milk, whole grain bread, veggies, fruit, whole grain pasta. I eat pretty clean but have to really watch not to go over. I eat quite a bit at each meal as my activity level makes me hungry. I agree you might want to check your fat and protein intake. Make sure you are getting a balanced diet. I made the mistake of limiting fat and protein a great deal and eating veggies to replace that and made myself sick. Balanced/clean is the key.

To be honest I think 1700 cals is too  much to eat in one day if you want to lose weight at a speed which is quicker than an ounce a week!

Don't feel as though you need to use all your calories up for the sake of it, you never know a couple of days later you may go out with some friends for dinner and go over slightly for that day but it won't matter because you haven't been high for the other days, does that make sense? 

I mean now you have completely changed your eating habits what's better than still eating, feeling full and knowing you are eating all 'good' foods AND the weight's coming off!

Samantha: That's quite ignorant. A woman can lose on 1700, especially if she is initially quite large. (No offence meant to the OP). The more body mass we have in general the more we required to fuel it. I think 1700 is a very reasonable number.

To the OP: I have to agree with littleshellys. Balance and clean (or largely clean) is a good way to go. Stick to eating little and often through the day if you can as it's good for your metabolism: two snacks, and the three main meals.

If you're after snacks that're good and nutritious but will help you catch up with calories you might be short (and won't make you feel like you're eating a ton), try bananas, hard boiled eggs, a small palmful of nuts and/or dried fruit. If you're short by dinner, you can always try drizzling some healthy oils like EEVO on a side salad, or encorporate it into your meal another way. Surprisingly, 1700 can actually be a lot if you eat well, but it's still doable. :]

I wish you lots of luck in your weight loss.

Good Morning MemoryCatcher!

In the beginning it is difficult to figure out how to get to a healthy 1700 calories, but it is indeed important to eat at the correct level.  If CC+ tells you to eat that level, it is NOT too much to eat and you SHOULD feel that you need to eat them up.  It isn't simply for the sake of eating them, it is for fueling your body and keeping you healthy.  If you have a good healthy deficit you will not be limited to an ounce a week.  As you weight drops your needed intake will drop also. 

There are no short-cuts in making the transition to a healthy lifestyle.  Follow the recommended intake and burn - you will see the weight go down and it will be weight that you can keep off, which I believe is what we all want.  It does get easier with time and practice.  But please do not waste your time on poor habits.  Do your reading and learn what your healthy options are to reach your calorie count.  Do not be afraid of protein, even when it has calories, they are GOOD calories (with the correct protein) and if you're running short you can turn to peanute butter, almonds, cottage cheese, etc.

Best of luck and stay strong, don't chase short term, temporary weight loss!

My experience was similar.  Having fallen for the myth for years that to lose weight it's necessary to go to bed each night with a growling stomach..... I was slightly taken aback when I was allocated 1500 cals.  And since the foods I chose were largely 'Low GI' foods (hence my name)... ie. lots of fibre, protein and oodles of vegetables....  1500 went a long, long way!   If you're also choosing good wholefoods and avoiding the processed junk you'll find 1700 is postively festive.

My view is that if you're enjoying what you eat, if there's plenty of it and if you're losing weight steadily that's about as good as it gets.  Because if you're enjoying the weight-loss process you stand a 100% better chance of ultimately maintaining the loss.

Keep smiling and keep eating....!!!!! 
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I started out around the same weight you are and ate 1700 calories...Im just saying that because some poster up there doesn't understand that not only is it okay but its important that you eat enough for your body weight to have consistent weight loss.

Because I have such a sugar addiction I have to be careful with my GI too.  If I eat low GI then I don't have to fight so many cravings but I do have to figure out what to do with all those calories.  Nuts was one solution for me.  Protein bars and string cheese also.  Oh, and smoothies...frozen fruit, yogurt and milk.  Yum!

Original Post by samanthaallen:

To be honest I think 1700 cals is too  much to eat in one day if you want to lose weight at a speed which is quicker than an ounce a week!

Don't feel as though you need to use all your calories up for the sake of it, you never know a couple of days later you may go out with some friends for dinner and go over slightly for that day but it won't matter because you haven't been high for the other days, does that make sense? 

I mean now you have completely changed your eating habits what's better than still eating, feeling full and knowing you are eating all 'good' foods AND the weight's coming off!

Whoa now! 1700 is not anywhere near too many calories. My BMR (I weigh 200 and am 5'2'' and female) is 1640 calories. If I eat below that number, I stop losing weight. 1700-1800 keeps me losing weight at a reasonable rate of roughly 1 to 1.5lbs a week, depending on how active I am.

I've been losing pretty steadily at that 1-1.5lbs per week rate pretty much since I started my weight loss effort on CC, while eating anywhere between 1700 calories and more than 2300 calories on days where I decided it was okay not to count obsessively for once. One does not need an ultra low number of calories in order to lose weight--for some of us, with higher BMR's, it's counterproductive. =)


OP--I eat about the same amount of calories you do in a day. Things like peanut butter and trail mixes are my saviors on the days where I feel uncomfortable eating more. Healthy fats and proteins will certainly help you reach your calorie goals. =)

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