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Having Trouble Eating Enough? Use These Calorie-Boosting Tips

Tips to Meet Your Requirements and Get Results


  • This article is great. I've met tons and tons of people (and doctors!!) who do not believe me that I really can't seem to get enough calories. I'm quite overweight and young, but it's just not working for me. I was on weightwatchers for a while and tracking foods religiously, but by the time I ate the 6 servings fruit/veggies and I went extra on meat, I was full. Day after day I realized I could eat 1 or even 2 whole candy bars and still be within a normal "points" allotment. I like adding cheese to things, and try to drink 12 oz of milk in the morning, but it's still under. I don't even feel like tracking because I know it's not enough. I've got to start planning days ahead of time. -_- - 11/7/2011 1:40:10 PM
  • I appreciate the expert advice. I will consult a dietian in my area so I do a healthy much needed overhaul of my food pantry. - 9/2/2011 12:15:31 PM
  • Add sugar to cereals or drinks? That's ridiculous. There are much better options than this available that don't perpetuate this country's addiction to sugar. - 6/22/2011 9:26:38 PM
  • Great article... I just mentioned something in another blog about this very issue. I get to the end of the night and log in what I ate... always, always about half the minimum protein and carbs.
    nuts? cheese? yogurt? for me, the proportion of protein and carbs is far outweighed by the fat that I usually already am over (because of that "handful/30 pieces/1/4 cup nuts" and whatever I grab for lunch which because of not eating most of the rest of the day, I allow myself a bit of freedom to choose without going overboard).
    I finally settle on super-enriched high protein pasta.... the proportion of carbs and protein without the fat is about right for me, but wow, does it stuff me!
    getting the balance right drives me nuts... well, can't have much of those, can we? - 6/17/2011 2:07:25 AM
  • While I need to lose 50 pounds, my 22-year-old college son struggles to NOT lose weight. Want to send him this article, but he is allergic to dairy and nuts. Any suggestions for him? THANK YOU ! - 6/16/2011 8:07:48 PM
  • CAC1955
    Before I found Spark People and started tracking my food, I never met 1000 calories a day. I thought I was doing so good with the fruits and veggies. Now I know better and the food tracker helps me meet my daily goals. - 6/16/2011 2:33:21 PM
  • This is a great article and so true! I had tried losing weight unsuccessfully in the past and ever since I started measuring/tracking my food with SparkPeople I have been losing a pound a week steadily and am eating more food than ever before. More HEALTHY food. I was shocked when I realized that I was under eating, which was thwarting my weightloss efforts. (No weightloss despite working out 6 days a week was a huge bummer!) Then I would have days that I was eating an unbelievable amount of fat/calories.

    I don't feel deprived or hungry at all anymore and am looking forward to reaching my goal weight this year. - 3/15/2011 12:46:01 PM
  • I truly enjoyed this article. I DO NOT enough and what I eat is healthy. I just have a hard time fathoming eating 5-6 times a day no matter how small the portions. This article has so inspired me. Thank you so much!! - 11/9/2010 9:15:20 PM
    Thanks for the tips. My biggest issue is that my appetite problems are because of my medication and I can't stop taking it (I really won't eat then). I was always a healthy eater, then add to that never being hungry and my calorie intake was only around 700. I'm just glad I'm not the only one, I keep getting the "eye-roll" every time I talk about it. - 10/17/2010 10:13:17 PM
  • JMD459
    There are many, many days when I don't even make it to 1000 calories. I am very much overweight, but it has always been the food choices, not the total amount of food I put into my mouth that made me this way. Now that I have given up the chips, the candy, the ice cream, and the baked goods, I find I am full with hardly any calories of healthy foods.

    I am trying to figure out how to put some of the ideas in this article into my diet to bring myself up to my necessary calorie intake.

    - 10/14/2010 8:40:58 AM
  • Its a great article and I know its all true but I really do have a problem with calorie intake. when my kids were young we didn't have a lot in the way of money(we were military) so i made sure my children and husband were fed well and i scrimped on myself,i did this for about 15yrs.I don't need to do that anymore but subconsciously i think i still do it. - 10/13/2010 6:10:39 PM
  • thank you! I get eye rolls when I talk about how I need to force myself to eat enough, and how I am trying to lose 50 pounds, in the same breath. I get it tho, its not easy. But if it were easy to be healthy, I wouldnt be here!
    Its especially difficult to find healthy ways to bulk up on the calorie intake- and not allow myself some candy right before bed, justifying it by pointing out how I'm 500 calories under my goal for the day! - 10/7/2010 12:13:12 AM
  • I think the calorie allotment for the day is too high and i'm scared to eat that amount because i'll never lose weight at 2000 calories...that just doesn't make sense, even years ago on a doctors prescribed diet it was only 1,200 true i didn't stick to it well though...shouldn't hunger and energy level be a better judge of wether i'm eating enough calories? verses focusing on a number? i think 1,800 is a good goal, but correct me if i am wrong...christen - 10/4/2010 6:49:00 PM
    This article is very helpful. I lose weight when I get the recommended amount of calories set by SparkPeople. Before I started tracking my calorie intake, I did not lose one pound. It is amazing how I lose weight just by eating more calories. Even more amazing is my blood preasure is back to normal. I appreciate SparkPeople and all it has to offer. - 8/21/2010 10:07:48 PM
  • i thought this article was a joke at first, are you kidding me, there are people who actually have trouble eating enough? i have trouble knowing when to quit eating.... - 8/18/2010 4:31:58 PM

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