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2/21/13 5:29 A

I would be inclined to add a few things like nuts and dried fruit to your nutrition. They are calorie dense, but also have very good health benefits. They will up your calories without stuffing you full to over-flowing, if that is the reason you are coming up short on calories.

It really IS important that you meet your nutritional requirements. The long-term consequences of not getting enough most of the time aren't worth it. I have seen too many women with bad osteoporosis to want to wish it on anyone. Organ and brain damage, loss of sight etc. is also a possibility down the line by regularly not meeting your basic calorie needs.

If you are still having a problem trying to meet your calories, then it would be worth your making an appointment with your Dr and tell him/her what is going on. It is possible that something medical is affecting you, and at the very least you could benefit from bloods to see that your iron levels, etc., are o.k.

As a thought, how are you measuring your food? Do you guess the weight/size or are you actually weighing it? Weighing it is the most accurate way to do this. Often our guesses are waaaay off.

Kris

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2/20/13 9:13 P

Hi UCBROTHER1,

While it's not a big deal to be short every once in a while, if you are finding it difficult to meet your minimum number of calories day in and day out you need to re-evaluate your nutrition. Remember food is fuel for your body. If your body does not get the fuel it needs from the food you eat, it will do whatever it needs to do in order to survive and this includes breaking down the metabolically active tissue (muscle) as well as organ and connective tissue. And this loss of lean body mass slows down your metabolism which may stall your weight loss...maybe not today or tomorrow, but down the road.

Just like you did not gain the weight overnight, you cannot expect to lose the weight overnight as well. Weight loss does not equal fat loss. It takes a 3500 calorie deficit to lose 1 pound--but like I said, your body needs calories to just keep biological functions going--growing new cells, fighting off illness, regulating body temp, heart rate and blood pressure. So don't think shortchanging your calorie needs will get you to your goal faster--your goal should be to make this a healthy lifestyle so that once you lose the weight, you will never have to worry about doing so again.

Coach Nancy

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2/20/13 9:01 P

Between 500 & 800 calories for the past week and a half.
I have lost 5lbs so far

UCBROTHER1 SparkPoints: (168)
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2/20/13 8:58 P

Between 500 & 800 calories for the past week and a half.
I have lost 5lbs so far

UCBROTHER1 SparkPoints: (168)
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2/20/13 8:58 P

Between 500 & 800 calories for the past week and a half.
I have lost 5lbs so far

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (158,833)
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2/20/13 8:16 P

Hi UCBROTHER1,

How short are you coming up and for how long?

Coach Nancy

UCBROTHER1 SparkPoints: (168)
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2/20/13 7:48 P

Hello
I'm suppose to eat at least 1500 calories per day and I'm coming up short. I'm really getting frustrated. Please help me, or am I ok?


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