Fitness Minutes: (2,953)
9 2/29/12 4:34 P
I am posting to see if others have had a physician tell them they are not getting enough calories while consuming recommended nutritional advise from several sources?
I go for my annual physical feeling better than I have in four years (many medical issues) and weigh in 4 pounds lighter since my last visit (excited). This was my first visit with him so he proceeds to ask about diet, exercise, etc. So I tell him about my lifestyle change of consuming a balanced diet of 1500 to 1800 calories per day with moderate exercise as tolerated. My goal is to amp up my calories without weight gain and reset my metabolism and I am in Phase 1 of my approach.
I told him my assessment and theory behind many of my previous health issues which was that I am under nourished, dehydrated and that my metabolism had adjusted to half the recommended calories and being in starvation mode. I had fallen into a bad habit of forgetting to eat or not wanting to because I was nauseous a lot.
Anyway, he tells me I am not eating enough calories and that I MUST get 2000 per day. Am I nuts? I NO longer have medical issues. I am eating and exercising more than I have in years. While I plan to grow my calorie intake to at least 2000 per day, I also plan to cut back down to 1500 to 1700 for weight loss as I don't want to have issues transitioning to maintenance after losing the recommended 45 - 50 pounds. His response, "Well you need to be careful, that is not healthy". I felt like he was listening, but not hearing me and poopooing my progress of eating a well balanced diet.
I want to be healthy so I am asking you all, does my approach sound crazy or do I need to consume 2000 calories a day? I love SparkPeople and I am tracking per recommendations and noticing positive changes. He just knocked the wind out of my sails.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.