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Weight Loss Fiber powder not helping Aug 11 2014
02:00 (UTC)

If you need to take a fiber supplement or powder, you're eating the wrong foods!

Eat more foods with fiber in them .... veggies, heart-healthy bran, beans, etc.

(I get 38g of fiber just for breakfast!)



Weight Loss fasting!! Jul 31 2014
19:42 (UTC)

I'm diabetic. When I asked my endocrinologist about fasting (except for a periodic blood test) she looked at me and asked "Are you crazy?"

For diabetics taking insulin, do NOT attempt any fast that isn't doctor-sanctioned.

Weight Loss Hydroxycut and Weight Loss Jul 31 2014
19:37 (UTC)

Why not just lose weight the healthy way ... good nutrition, plenty of veggies and lean proteins, exercise and activity?

You should be skeptical .... those things don't work. Proper nutrition and exercise does work.

Motivation Can I share something that just made me smile? Jul 25 2014
01:11 (UTC)

Thanks, everyone.

I am currently on what I like to call the "eat lots of veggies and lean protein and there is less room for crap" diet.

And it's working!

Weight Loss Food Addiction (Help!) Jul 23 2014
04:25 (UTC)

My evening "sweet treat" is an 80 calorie Dannon Light n Fit Greek Yogurt. I stick mine in the freezer for ... (you guessed it) ... frozen yogurt. Nice protein. Nice flavor. Nice creaminess. 80 calories ... planned for in my daily calorie budget.

I especially like the Key Lime, though the Blueberry and Pineapple are nice. There's even caramel macchiato.


Health & Support Panic Attacks and Constance Reassurance? Jul 23 2014
04:20 (UTC)

You need to eat a MINIMUM of 1500 calories per day.

Promotion of starvation diets or habits that exhibit signs of an eating disorder ("pro-ana", "pro-mia", etc.) is prohibited.



Weight Loss help please Jul 23 2014
04:16 (UTC)

Eat more.

How about some nuts? Or avocado? Or cheese? Or a banana or two?

1200 is the minimum calories for adult women; 1500 calories is the minimum for women under 18.



Weight Loss Trying to lose weight, please help Jul 15 2014
05:25 (UTC)

See if you can come up with a way to add more vegetables into your diet. Make a list of all the veggies you like cooked, and all the veggies you like raw ... and see if you can incorporate more of them into your eating plan.

~ They add fiber.

~ They add nutrients.

~ They will help fill you up.

Instead of Nutella or PB on bread for a snack, how about eating those things on celery? Do you like hummus? Hummus on veggies can be quite tasty.

Some veggies to consider:

romaine hearts (lettuce)





pea pods



red / yellow / orange peppers

pea pods


green beans


(Hopefully you like some on that list!)

Foods slow carb diet Jul 15 2014
05:19 (UTC)

I've been a diabetic for 15+ years.

I am currently eating a LOT of non-starchy veggies. And I mean, a LOT.

I eat two pieces of fruit per day ... a banana with breakfast and an apple with lunch or dinner. I budget for these, calorie wise and carb-wise ... and they are paired with proteins and lots of high fiber food.

I eat grains. (gasp)  At every meal, actually. Breakfast includes original Fiber One. Lunch includes non-GMO organic corn cakes. Dinner includes 45-calorie Sarah Lee multigrain bread. I occasionally eat other grains, too. Moderation is the key ... not total elimination.

As for dairy, I am lactose intolerant. I use unsweetened vanilla almond breeze on my cereal.  I eat a Dannon Light n Fit 80 calorie Greek Yogurt daily. And I have Lactaid lowfat cottage cheese 2-3 times per week. There ARE a fair amount of sugars in milk ... so it's probably best that I'm lactose intolerant.

Currently, I aim for 35 percent of my calories from proteins (mostly lean proteins), 15 percent of my calories from fats (preferably healthy fats), and 50 percent of my calories from carbs ... 1/2 what I call "veggies" carbs and no more than 1/2 from "grain/starchy" carbs.

It works for me, and it's balanced.

But fresh fruits and heart-healthy whole grains aren't the enemy.


Weight Loss Going on Vacation Jul 13 2014
07:06 (UTC)

Do your best to make reasonable choices at restaurants. (Note: reasonable doesn't mean perfect ... just calorie-aware and recognizing what else you've eaten that day.)  Watch out for things that are fried/deep fried, have high calorie sauces and dressings, melted cheese, etc. If you want a burger and fries .... consider giving up the bun. Then see if you can get by with eating just 1/3 the fries, or 2/3.... or split them with someone ... things like that. Decide if you REALLY want a cheeseburger ... or if a really yummy hamburger will do.

Try not to "spend" your calories on sugary drinks or coffees. (Depending on your age and personal choices, you might want to save them for wine) ;)

Decide which meals you will be in "diet mode" and which meals you won't. Consider trying to keep 1 meal (of 3) pretty lean and light ... if you are really going all out for the other 2.

Don't hesitate to ask the waiter/server to recommend diet friendly items on the menu. or ways to make a menu item "lighter" or healthier. They should know their products well, and should be able to help.

The more active you are, the more you can eat! :)

Motivation Let's Geturdone- over 50 + Jul 13 2014
06:59 (UTC)

I am very sorry for your loss, Margie ~ it is hard to lose a furry friend. Give yourself time to cherish wonderful memories and to grieve.

Heartburn is no fun ... hope you can work out something that works for you.

Had a nice Saturday ~ should be a quiet Sunday.

Weight Loss Want to lose some extra weight. Jul 11 2014
15:45 (UTC)

Foods Just starting out and I need a lot of help Jul 11 2014
15:39 (UTC)

Start with breakfast.

Pick a standard, basic breakfast that you can live with that will work 6 days a week. (It's nice to do something different on day 7). For me, breakfasts don't have to be fun or exciting ... just easy and functional and basic for my diet. (As you might expect, I eat the same breakfast 6 days a week!)

Once you figure out a calorie budget for your breakfast, see what fits into it that works with your schedule and lifestyle.

For some people, it's scrambling a few eggs or egg whites with some fresh veggies and sticking it in a whole wheat wrap.

For some people, it's making a protein-added smoothie and taking it with them as they run out of the house.

For others, it's a banana and two cheese sticks.

Personally, my breakfast is one cup of Fiber One cereal (120 calories), unsweetened Vanialla Almond Breeze (30 calories), a medium banana (105 calories), and 6 hardboiled egg whites on the side (for protein! 90 calories). That's what I have 6 days a week.

I can always substitute some other protein for the hardboiled egg whites, as long as I stick with the same calories.

I can always substitute 7 ounces of pineapple for the banana, as long as I stick with the same calories and the same carbs. (I track my carbs carefully since I am a diabetic.)

The nice thing about that cup of Fiber One? Fiber. My daily requirement is done. (Of course, I eat a lot more fiber ... but fiber makes you full!)  Nope, not exciting ... but it works for me. And even when the rest of the day gets off track (sometimes) and anything else happens ... I know I had my standard, planned out, healthy breakfast.

Once you've mastered breakfast, work on lunch!

Foods String cheese Jul 11 2014
15:26 (UTC)

My guess is fat or sodium ... at some point, I don't sweat the letter grades over various foods. At any given time, something as healthy as an apple can be rated anywhere from an A to a C, lol. 

Instead, I try to focus on my end-of-the-day letter grade.



Foods Can you tell me your 'bedtime' snacks Jul 11 2014
15:24 (UTC)

I have an evening snack around 10pm ... and head to bed around midnight ... so it's not quite a bedtime snack. And I budget for those calories.

It's 90 calories of hardboiled egg whites and 100 calories of turkey.  Yep, protein. It keeps me from being hungry for the rest of the evening and provides a nice addition to my daily protein intake.


Calorie Count water enhancer Jul 11 2014
05:49 (UTC)

Assuming you're OK with artificial sweeteners .... I've found that some flavors are NASTY and some brands are better than others. And some STAIN ... so be careful with those little squirty bottles.

And it can be a bit of an art to squirting in the RIGHT amount of flavoring. Too little, you've got a slightly watered down flavor. Squirt too much and it's flavor overload and you need to get a much bigger glass and add more water.

Different brands will have different artifical sweeteners ... I've seen ones with sucralose, aspartame and saccharine. Do your research and make an informed choice about which of these (and how much) you think is worth adding to your diet.

If you aren't avoiding sugar for health reasons (i.e., diabetic), why not just buy some real apple juice or grape juice and add a little splash to your water to flavor it? Try this: freeze appe juice in ice cube trays and then add one apple juice ice cube to a large glass of ice water :)

Calorie Count can you carry calories over Jul 11 2014
05:43 (UTC)

I do .... there's always some slight fluctuation in my daily calories. If I go over one day, I try to make it up over the next few days.

That being said, I wouldn't recommend eating 400 calories one day, and then 2000 calories the next day. Keep in mind that you should eat at least 1200 daily calories if you are an adult female, 1500 daily calories if teen female.

Just decide how many "extra" calories you can live with in any given day, and then have a plan for making up that deficit later. For me, I try to limit my overages to 300-400 calories ... knowing that I can eat 100 calories a day less for the next 3-4 days, if needed.

When it comes to healthy eating, there's no one-size-fits-all answer ~ you just need to figure out what works for you :)

Calorie Count how to Jul 11 2014
05:39 (UTC)

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Calorie Count how to Jul 11 2014
05:39 (UTC)

For something like onions, you need to calculate the weight/amount of the onions (raw), then add it. THEN you need to calculate the amount/calories of whatever you sauteed them IN ... (butter? oil? etc.)

For cooked dishes made at home, you should be able to plug all the ingredients into the recipe analyzer. Or ... just do the math. 

For example, let's say you make a quiche.  Add up all the ingredients (pie shell, egg, cheese, spinach, mushrooms, any other ingredient.) Come up with a total. Then figure out how many servings (4? 6?) Then divide the total by that amount. If a whole quiche is 1,000 calories (just an example), then 1/4 of a quiche = 250 calories.

A lot of recipes these days give you the nutritional information :)

Weight Loss Want to lose some extra weight. Jul 10 2014
22:38 (UTC)

Hello canealex .... welcome to Calorie Count.

I see from your profile that "I am a freelancer and written various articles on ED and have a relative experience of 20 years"

You have written articles on eating disorders as a freelancer and you want to lose 50 pounds without actually changing your eating habits?

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