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Counting calories but not losing weight! UGH.


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Hey guys. I'm 5'3", 21yrs old, and I weigh 128.5 lbs as of this morning. Which is the same as what I weighed 2 weeks ago. About 2 months ago I weighed 148lbs, which looked terrible on me, so I started dieting. I count calories and I end up eating around 1200 most days. Sometimes less though, around 1000.

I don't really exercise because I'm a full-time student with a full-time job. I try, but it's my last semester in school and I'm exhausted all the time. I don't really cook, I just eat Lean Cuisines and microwaveable soup and rice cakes and granola bars. Haha, that's probably 90% of what I eat. Anyway, I'm happy with my weight loss so far, but my goal weight is 120lbs or 115lbs. I don't think I should be cutting my calories any more than I already have, because of the whole "starvation mode" thing, or whatever. But if I need to, I guess I will. Anyway, I don't like this weight and I'd like to start losing weight again. Does anyone see any flaws in my dieting plan?

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Flaws galore dear...

You should always make sure you eat at least 1200 cal a day. You can really damage your body eating less. You should really even aim for more than that so your deficit doesn't end up being more than 500-800 cal a day.

According to the BMI calculator you are at a healthy weight, so it's harder to lose weight, but it's not going to get easier if you cut more calories.

Aim for healthier foods. Lean Cuisine and rice cakes aren't going to help much in the long run. Get a friend with a costco membership and buy a big bag of frozen chicken breasts and frozen veggies. You can cook a few days worth of chicken in one go and just pack it and the frozen veggies for however many meals you need. It's easily microwaved, and has lots of good nutrients for a similar cost. Also make sure you get some fresh fruits and veggies, and get some nuts for snacking as they are full of lots of good fats.

Try to aim for health rather than a weight. Your body probably looks a lot better than you think.

Thank you for your reply!

 

I'm also taking a multivitamin, so hopefully that's helping with my nutrition issues. 

 

I think I'll be able to focus on health a lot more once I graduate at the end of this semester. I really don't like fruits and vegetables and I really don't like cooking. I just don't have the time/energy/creativity.

 

What is so wrong with Lean Cuisine though? Like, what's wrong with a frozen meal of chicken, whole wheat pasta, and vegetables? 

 

And I know...rice cakes have zero nutrition. I just eat them when I want a snack but don't want calories. Also, I can keep them in my car and eat them on the way to work or something. 

Original Post by kaelamackenzie:

Thank you for your reply!

 

I'm also taking a multivitamin, so hopefully that's helping with my nutrition issues. 

 

I think I'll be able to focus on health a lot more once I graduate at the end of this semester. I really don't like fruits and vegetables and I really don't like cooking. I just don't have the time/energy/creativity.

 

What is so wrong with Lean Cuisine though? Like, what's wrong with a frozen meal of chicken, whole wheat pasta, and vegetables? 

 

Multi-v: crap. You just pee it all out, so its effectively a placebo

Lean cuisine-crap. They are full of SO much sodium, sugar, and preservatives. They may advertise "healthy" and "preservative free", but its all marketing; if you take a careful look at the ingredients list, it probably exceeds the 3 items it should only contain: chicken, flash frozen vegetable, whole wheat pasta. You would do much better to make the dinner its trying it simulate.

rice cakes-crap. why eat cardboard air with salt/sugar flavoring, which has no nutritional value besides calories... when you can eat baby carrots or chopped up bell peppers? Tasty, snack-able, low cals, and they actually have nutrients in them.

If you want to lose weight, you're going to have to like vegetables, fruits and cooking. Without these elements you're just not going to effectively lose weight. sure you can temporarily lose weight by eating lean cuisines and various bits of cardboard (aka "diet foods"), but it will be miserable, binge filled, yo-yo experience, and you'll most likely regain all the weight once you get tired of eating flavored paper.

 People who eat whole, protein rich, fatty foods actually lose weight, and they look much better and have tons of energy.

If you don't have the time/energy/creativity, then you aren't going to lose weight. You can't half-a** it by eating crap "diet foods"and expect to get the same results as someone who manages their time to grocery shop and cook healthy food.

If you want it bad enough, you're going to have to figure out how to budget your time so you can cook healthy food. Busy single moms do it, doctors working 80 hour weeks do it, people in your situation (student/working full time) do it as well. Its all a matter of time management and initiative.

Daaaaaaamn. That was harsh. 

BUT I know you're right. AH. I know.

I'm honestly not miserable at all dieting this way. It's easy, and since I don't cook, I don't even think about food. When I cook, I overdo it, I eat too big portions, I eat leftovers late at night, I make a mess in the kitchen, things I cook taste bad, and I have a really hard time counting calories. 

BUT you're right. GAH.

Actually, rice cakes taste really good to me, and carrots and bell peppers raw taste awful to me.

But you're right.

I'll try harder.  

Cooking can suck when you have little time- buying fresh produce, planning a recipe, etc etc. I definitely hear you. I love to cook, but not when I'm stressed out and busy.

My solution? You don't NEED to cook. You can just eat quick, snack type things. Still requires a trip to the grocery store, but yogurt and fruit, hummus on pita bread, etc- these are much "better" than lean cuisines. You can get a pretty filling 300 calorie meal (equivalent of a lean cuisine) with much less sodium.

Keep in mind, however, that you can lose weight just by calorie restriction- like the Twinkie guy (http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie. diet.professor/index.html). But, IDEALLY watch the calories and eat more proteins, fruits, and veggies!

Also, plateauing is natural. Patience is important!

Aside from just looking good, your long term goal should be your health.  You may look at this nutrition stuff a lot differently when you are 50 and suffering from diabetes or heart diesease!  Whole foods, fresh fruits and vegetable, healthy fats, nuts, etc are what you need down the road.  It's well worth the time and effort to learn to cook and enjoy healthy foods :) 

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