Do you count calories....


silvercity
on Jul 24, 2009 @ 07:50 pm

The psychology of eating post got me thinking....Do you ladies count calories and how many calories do you eat in a day?

Unlike the majority of ppl I'm trying to gain weight...I got really sick last year and this caused me to lose weight that I could not afford to lose. I've been reading up on calories etc and apparently I'm supposed to eat about 2500 a day.(to gain)....which I find is a lot of food!! I'd also appreciate if you ladies could write a sample of what you eat in a day for, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks etc. This would really help me. Also, do you know what your maintenance calorie level is? Thanks for your help!!
 


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spotty
no idea on Jul 24, 2009 @ 09:39 pm

I have no idea what my maintenance calorie level is or what I eat. But my weight is pretty stable, so I assume I'm consuming my maintenance calories for my activity level.

But what I can do for you is tell you what I eat in an average day.

Morning:
- bowl of cereal; usually something healthy and w/ skim milk.
- fruit and yogurt smoothie; my favorite is banana, mango, strawberry, juice, and 3 dollops of plain flavored yogurt.

Lunch:
This varies as I generally just snack through out the day once my breakfast wears off. But some of my favorite snacks include:
- peanuts
- granola bar
- fresh fruit: strawberries, mangoes, bananas
- baby carrots
- tuna fish sandwich
- occasional sweet treat (hot chocolate, frappucino, M&Ms;, etc ...)
- lots of water

Dinner:
This varies too based on my schedule for the day.
Busy evening:
- bowl of cereal and a carnation instant breakfast OR
- trip through a fast food lane
Less busy evening:
- an actual home cooked meal that we sit down for: chicken curry, pancakes, salmon, rice, veggies, an occasional pork or steak dinner

Really, the only CONSTANT in my day is the morning routine. I can count on my cereal and smoothie on a daily basis. They are my morning religion.
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meredithk115
Try a professional and check with your doctor.... on Jul 25, 2009 @ 08:37 am

If you have the funds, I suggest a nutritionist...they will be able to thoroughly discuss calories, 'quality' calories and maintenance level calories for you. Also, have you discussed your situation with your doctor? I also suggest that-he or she may want to run some tests to make sure that you don't have deficiencies in any areas...like iron.
You may want to make sure that you are 'healthy enough' to start eating to gain.

That being said, 2500 calories IS a lot of food...I mentioned 'quality' calories before...things like protein and carbs, you need to balance those and have them in appropriate ratios in order to gain safely. You can do it, but it will take time....

I really, really think you should try to find either a nutritionist or registered dietitian. I used to work with someone-she isn't in my area anymore, but I know she does consultations over email and phone. Here is the link to her website...

http://www.jeanjitomir.com/
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