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Am I Eating Enough Calories


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Hey Everyone,  I hope you guys can help.  I have a pretty unique situation I think.  About 2.5 months ago I decided to change up my diet and go to the gym 5 times a week.  I also work at a job where I pretty much sit all day.  I went from 230 to about 201 right now.  I am currently 5'9".  I am unsure if I am eating enough calories.  Here is my daily intake.

 

9am - Bowl of Oats / (sometimes cheerios) - with fat free milk

11am - 2 Egg whites

1pm: Turkey Sandwich w/ little mustard on Rye (Beefsteak bread)

3pm: Kellogg's Fiber Bar

5pm: Salad (consisting of tomatoes and lettuce / Ken's Healthy Choice dressing) and either 6oz of grilled chicken  or instead of chicken about a 1.5 cups of pasta.

9pm - Protein Shake

 

GYM work out - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

30 minutes - Jog / walk - usually around 2.5- 3 miles

1hr - 1.5 hr work out - each body part per day

30 minutes - Jog / walk / intervals

 

My worry is I am not eating enough calories.  I have been around 200 now for the past few weeks and cant seem to break this barrier.  I have been gaining some muscle as well I think but I am just more concerned about my calorie intake.  Is what I am doing good? If anyone can give me some input I would greatly appreciate it.

 

Thanks

 

Edited Mar 07 2010 16:46 by nycgirl
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Have you tried putting your information into the logs here to get exactly how many calories you are eating and how many you should eat?  I see a lot of people expecting others to do the work for them but don't give all the needed information for people to accurately help.  Guessing without benefit of so many of your stats, I'd wager you aren't getting enough calories. 

Try going to the calculators on the site that make you plug in your age, height, goal, etc.  It will tell you your target calories and if you are getting enough or not.  By doing it that way, you'll get accurate answers.  

i have NO idea about the calories-- but i think you should be eating more fruits and veggies. Maybe replace the Kellogs Fiber Bar with a piece of fruit, and add a fruit with breakfast?

I'm not entirely sure how many calories you're eating daily, so i can't advise you on that-- sorry!

wow, u lost 29 lbs, sounds like your doing pretty good to me.  Why are you concerned. Are you feeling dizzy and weak?

Are your efforts going unnoticed? ---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg4Y44Kadr8

Honestly I have and it comes to around 1200-1500 calories roughly.  I am not sure of what else to eat calorie wise that isn't a bunch of at. I have been doing a bunch of research on which calories to eat but it is conflicting everywhere I look.   Donald, I am actually feeling great, I have a good amount of energy, I feel good at the gym and I see my workouts increasing but I am stuck around the 200 mark for a few weeks now.  I just want to break this barrier.

There are THOUSANDS of foods out there and you feel limited to 6?  I think you need to get to the grocery store and start looking around.  Wander the aisles and find some foods.  I get more food a day than you and I keep my calories at 1300 a day. 

When I say have you plugged your information into a calculator, I mean ALL your information.  You age, weight, goal weight, height, bone structure, activity level, etc.  Then get a calorie count and THEN plug your food into a calorie calculator and that will tell you if you are getting enough, too much, or not enough. 

The PLATEAU that you are on is common.  Everyone reaches one and there are many different schools of thought on how to break them.  With a simple list of the foods you allegedly eat every day, which by the way is a really bad idea, and not much else, it's hard to help.  The one thing I'm going to repeat ~ stop eating the same thing every day and go to the grocery store.  Wander, find things, eat more of a variety.  That alone will do you wonders.

Many people prefer to use this calculator to estimate their daily needs:

http://www.phord.com/cc/

Undereating is a common reason for reaching a weight-loss plateau, and yes I would think you are undereating. As someone else pointed out, you also need more fruit and veges in your diet. You also need FAT in your diet - I can't see any sources of fat. Fat is a vital nutrient which your brain among other organs requires. Don't neglect your fat intake (which should be 20-30% of your daily calories) just because you are dieting.

Original Post by merylwhite1:

Many people prefer to use this calculator to estimate their daily needs:

http://www.phord.com/cc/

That calculator is awful!!  If I ate what it told me to eat, I'd be gaining.  It told me to eat more than any other calculator I've ever used and it doesn't compute to what my Excel spreadsheet says for my BMR. 

I do agree that the OP is undereating.  I also still think the OP needs a major variety shake up. 

Original Post by sephora0128:

Original Post by merylwhite1:

Many people prefer to use this calculator to estimate their daily needs:

http://www.phord.com/cc/

That calculator is awful!!  If I ate what it told me to eat, I'd be gaining.  It told me to eat more than any other calculator I've ever used and it doesn't compute to what my Excel spreadsheet says for my BMR. 

I do agree that the OP is undereating.  I also still think the OP needs a major variety shake up. 

 interesting, I like this one a lot because the activity levels are better defined and it gives more information. It's recommendations have worked well for me. To each his own, and this is why many of us plug our info into multiple calculators : )

Original Post by minda_spk:

Original Post by sephora0128:

Original Post by merylwhite1:

Many people prefer to use this calculator to estimate their daily needs:

http://www.phord.com/cc/

That calculator is awful!!  If I ate what it told me to eat, I'd be gaining.  It told me to eat more than any other calculator I've ever used and it doesn't compute to what my Excel spreadsheet says for my BMR. 

I do agree that the OP is undereating.  I also still think the OP needs a major variety shake up. 

 interesting, I like this one a lot because the activity levels are better defined and it gives more information. It's recommendations have worked well for me. To each his own, and this is why many of us plug our info into multiple calculators : )

Or her.  Maybe it only doesn't work for me.  The innuendo that I didn't put my calories in to multiple calculators is also highly offensive.  Regardless, that calorie calculator sucks, in my FEMALE opinion.

Original Post by sephora0128:

Original Post by minda_spk:

Original Post by sephora0128:

Original Post by merylwhite1:

Many people prefer to use this calculator to estimate their daily needs:

http://www.phord.com/cc/

That calculator is awful!!  If I ate what it told me to eat, I'd be gaining.  It told me to eat more than any other calculator I've ever used and it doesn't compute to what my Excel spreadsheet says for my BMR. 

I do agree that the OP is undereating.  I also still think the OP needs a major variety shake up. 

 interesting, I like this one a lot because the activity levels are better defined and it gives more information. It's recommendations have worked well for me. To each his own, and this is why many of us plug our info into multiple calculators : )

Or her.  Maybe it only doesn't work for me.  The innuendo that I didn't put my calories in to multiple calculators is also highly offensive.  Regardless, that calorie calculator sucks, in my FEMALE opinion.

 It is a rare thing that I offend someone accidentally, but this seems to the case. If you know that you don't like phord, if you're here on cc, if you know the caloric intake that does work for you, then haven't you used multiple calculators...? Obviously phord and cc at least. I was assuming that you had not implying that you hadn't.

Phord was recommended, you don't like it, I do, I thought maybe the OP should be encouraged to use multiple calcs... really wasn't about you.

And do you really care what non-specific gender pronouns I use?

Original Post by minda_spk:

Original Post by sephora0128:

Original Post by minda_spk:

Original Post by sephora0128:

Original Post by merylwhite1:

Many people prefer to use this calculator to estimate their daily needs:

http://www.phord.com/cc/

That calculator is awful!!  If I ate what it told me to eat, I'd be gaining.  It told me to eat more than any other calculator I've ever used and it doesn't compute to what my Excel spreadsheet says for my BMR. 

I do agree that the OP is undereating.  I also still think the OP needs a major variety shake up. 

 interesting, I like this one a lot because the activity levels are better defined and it gives more information. It's recommendations have worked well for me. To each his own, and this is why many of us plug our info into multiple calculators : )

Or her.  Maybe it only doesn't work for me.  The innuendo that I didn't put my calories in to multiple calculators is also highly offensive.  Regardless, that calorie calculator sucks, in my FEMALE opinion.

 It is a rare thing that I offend someone accidentally, but this seems to the case. If you know that you don't like phord, if you're here on cc, if you know the caloric intake that does work for you, then haven't you used multiple calculators...? Obviously phord and cc at least. I was assuming that you had not implying that you hadn't.

Phord was recommended, you don't like it, I do, I thought maybe the OP should be encouraged to use multiple calcs... really wasn't about you.

And do you really care what non-specific gender pronouns I use?

If you quote someone, then you are addressing them specifically as I am doing to you now.  So, yes, I damn skippy care about the correct use of gender pronouns.  If you do not know someone's gender, it is not acceptable to use "him", you need to use "they" or "their" but you do not use the masculine. 

If you wanted to address the OP, then you should not have quoted me, as I will reply when I am quoted and by quoting someone you are indicating you are speaking specifically to them.

Next time, don't quote people unless you are replying directly to them and DO NOT ASSume.  Assuming is a dumb thing for anyone to do.  If you actually read what I said you would see I said "any other calculator I've used" which would by all definitions of logic mean I had plugged my numbers into multiple calculators (plural) because there was an S on the end.

Original Post by sephora0128:

If you quote someone, then you are addressing them specifically as I am doing to you now.  So, yes, I damn skippy care about the correct use of gender pronouns.  If you do not know someone's gender, it is not acceptable to use "him", you need to use "they" or "their" but you do not use the masculine. 

If you wanted to address the OP, then you should not have quoted me, as I will reply when I am quoted and by quoting someone you are indicating you are speaking specifically to them.

Next time, don't quote people unless you are replying directly to them and DO NOT ASSume.  Assuming is a dumb thing for anyone to do.  If you actually read what I said you would see I said "any other calculator I've used" which would by all definitions of logic mean I had plugged my numbers into multiple calculators (plural) because there was an S on the end.

 :D

Seriously? You're offended that I assumed you had used multiple calculators because I should have known you used multiple calculators because of your use of an 'S'? And didn't you assume I was implying you didn't use other calcs and that started this shenanigan in the first place? I did 'read what you said,' thats why I assumed you used multiple calculators until you got offended that I was magically implying you didn't.

I'm beginning to suspect that you're looking for offense, but what the heck, I'll try and explain:
1. Using they as a singular pronoun is not grammatically correct. The most pc term to use would be his/her, but it's awkward and I'm lazy and choose to use on or the other when I'm not specifically referring to one known person ('to each his own' would be an example)
2.  I quoted because my post was in reference to yours. It's the OPs thread. Or it was until you got offended. I try and post things that are in some small way related to the OPs questio (excepting this particular post, which is to you :)

Hey Justin (sephora, I'm switching to addressing the OP now, in case there is confusion). Sorry for hijacking your thread. I do think you should probably up your intake. Personally, my favorite way to break a plateau is to spend a week or two eating maintenence. When I reintroduce a calorie deficit the weight loss starts again, and a couple weeks of maintenence is usually a much needed mental break too

 

Original Post by minda_spk:

Original Post by sephora0128:

If you quote someone, then you are addressing them specifically as I am doing to you now.  So, yes, I damn skippy care about the correct use of gender pronouns.  If you do not know someone's gender, it is not acceptable to use "him", you need to use "they" or "their" but you do not use the masculine. 

If you wanted to address the OP, then you should not have quoted me, as I will reply when I am quoted and by quoting someone you are indicating you are speaking specifically to them.

Next time, don't quote people unless you are replying directly to them and DO NOT ASSume.  Assuming is a dumb thing for anyone to do.  If you actually read what I said you would see I said "any other calculator I've used" which would by all definitions of logic mean I had plugged my numbers into multiple calculators (plural) because there was an S on the end.

 :D

Seriously? You're offended that I assumed you had used multiple calculators because I should have known you used multiple calculators because of your use of an 'S'? And didn't you assume I was implying you didn't use other calcs and that started this shenanigan in the first place? I did 'read what you said,' thats why I assumed you used multiple calculators until you got offended that I was magically implying you didn't.

I'm beginning to suspect that you're looking for offense, but what the heck, I'll try and explain:
1. Using they as a singular pronoun is not grammatically correct. The most pc term to use would be his/her, but it's awkward and I'm lazy and choose to use on or the other when I'm not specifically referring to one known person ('to each his own' would be an example)
2.  I quoted because my post was in reference to yours. It's the OPs thread. Or it was until you got offended. I try and post things that are in some small way related to the OPs questio (excepting this particular post, which is to you :)

You stated the "most of us" which implies that you did and I didn't do something, in this case that would be using multiple calculators.  Your original post assumes I didn't use multiple calculators but now you claim you assumed I did.  Well, which is it?

As an English major in the new century, using "they" is grammatically correct just as you no longer call someone an actress or a stewardess.  You certainly do not refer to a female, an obvious female, as HE or HIM.  When you are using a "to each X own" their is most certainly acceptable. 

Next time you address someone, check your grammar ~ and your spelling ~ or people will totally disregard your entire post, or most of it as is this case because after all the dropped letters, it was essentially impossible to bother with.

Holy balls. I was speaking to the OP in reference to the conversation about phord. 'Most of us' referred to people on CC, you included. I always assumed you had used multiple calcs because of your post, as I already stated.

At this point you are simply choosing to misunderstand, and based on your other posts, thoroughly enjoying trolling.

Personally, I only really like trolls with hot pink hair.

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