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Having Trouble Eating Enough? Use These Calorie-Boosting Tips
Tips to Meet Your Requirements and Get Results
3/25/2009 6:07:47 PM
Loved the article. The whole month I've been on SP I have had a hard time getting enough calories or nutrients. Gives some ideas to help, but I've also tried to just follow their meal plans almost and see if it helps.
I was very glad for the article! My goal is 1000-1200 a day and I usually have to eat something in the evening to bring up my calories! I am on a high protien diet, and the calories and carbs are usually low. Like another member said, I will take what I need from the article and leave the rest. I will not be adding sugar, gravy, etc, but will have some nuts and maybe a serving of peanut butter once in a while, maybe that will help. My calories have been averaging 950 or so a day, I've lost 3 1/2 lbs in the past 3 wks, so slow, but sure. I would like to pick it up a little though. Thanks for the article SP!!
I loved this article. I have always had a hard time eating enough calories and since starting SP and tracking know I don't eat enough calories. We are sometimes a forgotten group. Thanks SparkPeople for realizing some of us need to eat more than we use to in order to be healthy.
I loved this article! I find it very difficult to meet even 1200 calories a day. I have celiac's disease (inability to metabolize gluten (wheat starch) properly). I lost weight eating six small gluten-free meals (even though I was full).
Last year, I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and started living on fruits and vegetables (more veggies than fruit) -- then I started gaining weight. I met with a dietitian ('cause I immediately thought I was overeating and needed to "diet").
She reamed me out and accused me of having a death wish and being anorexic because I was starving myself. I knew the accusations weren't true, but started keeping track of my calories to prove her wrong.
Well, she was right about the calories (I was lucky if I hit 500 calories). I have to basically eat all day just to get 1000 calories a day. (I did it today for the first time in months, and my husband teased me about spending all day in the kitchen.)
My problem is, I get full very quickly and I hate the over-full ("beached whale") feeling after eating. This article was most helpful. Thank you, SparkPeople! You ROCK!
I am glad to see this post, as I often struggle to get enough calories in each day. However, like several other posters, I was disappointed to see some unhealthy suggestions - adding sugar, butter/mayo, gravy, cheese, etc. While those options are high in calorie, I don't think they fill the nutritional needs that we have. The eggs, nuts, and avocados are better options -- would've liked to have seen more healthy foods that are also high in calories.
2/7/2009 6:28:29 PM
I'm glad for all of the advice in this column, I'm not only habitually short on my calories - I'm ridiculously low on my fats. There has been one day in the last 6 weeks where I actually got the amount of fats recommended by the tracker. As for calories - I eat 5x's a day and I'm still 400-500 calories short a day.
I think everyone needs to take the advice they can use and apply it the way they best can. I know that I will be ditching the low/non fat foods and maybe using 1tbsp mayo on my lunch sandwiches instead of 1tbsp nonfat Miracle whip - I'll up my fats as well as get the added calories I need. I will likely be swapping out full fat yogurt for non fat as well. Again, I need the fats. this will be on top of the flaxseed and avocados I use to up my fats (and still fall ridiculously short on). Raw nuts are cost prohibitive for me at this time so those are not an option.
Now if I could just figure out how to get my carbs up (also habitually low and I don't think I've made my target zone in 6 weeks) I'd be doing darn well
i don't usually have any trouble reaching my calorie goals - usually I have to be careful not to eat too much! But I don't have many foods I dislike so that makes it easy. Still I think the idea of eating more fruits & veggies helps put in extra calories as does eating (or drinking low-fat dairy (cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.) I don't know how many people have heard of Kefir, but it's sort of like a yogurt smoothie, but has more probiotics than regular yogurt. Also, when I DO have trouble getting enough to eat I drink a Boost or an Ensure. They're not TOO high in calories & are complete nutrition.
Liked the info on needing more calories to lose more weight...I know it's hard to believe but it's true...I was down to 1100-1200 cals (Not low for most) but I was working out twice as hard ususal a 2hr cardio session with a 40-80 min strength training sessions - and gaining weight!!! Yes - Gaining weight!!! (and no it wasn't muscle)
I would agree with most, stay away from the unhealthy fat and empty calories. Stick with the "MUFA's" (nuts, seeds, avacado, olives & olive oil, omega 3's...) & complex carbs.
I didn't see protein shakes - that's a nutritional beverage. The new Whey protein powders (mixed with skim milk & a shot of flaxseed oil) has really helped me - one of those after an awesome workout, hits the spot and gets my calories, protein & (healthy) fats up!!! And I don't even use a mixer...I just stir and then shake...tastes like a thick milk shake!!!
Good Luck to all - Keep it positive and positive things will happen!!!
2/7/2009 1:23:07 PM
I like this article and the suggestions...I have been 1000 calories short per day, and struggle with eating enough, because I do get full and feel like I eat plenty. I appreciate the recommended foods, and will take away from it what I think coincide with my eating plan and leave the rest. I wonder is there a group for people who aren't eating enough calories on SP?
2/7/2009 9:19:33 AM
I thought I was the only one who was having a problem getting my calories in each day!
Thanks so much for this article. It is both relative and helpful.
2/7/2009 8:50:25 AM
SP must've read my mind! I'm learning how to use the tracker, and fall short on reaching my levels needed, but I'm NOT hungry and that scale just sits there! Thanks sooo much for letting me know that a little extra butter, mayo, gravy... is okay. :) Annie
Thank you for this article. Due to health issues, busy schedules, raising three special needs children, and whatever, I don't eat. Eating has become more bother than it is worth. Breaking this habit, as silly as it sounds, is one of the hardest things I think I have ever done. Amazingly, I eat (healthy of course) -- I lose weight! Who would have thought!
Thank you for this article. My hubby has never been interested in food. Because of some health issues, he needs to gain weight desperately. I have done most of the things on this list, but it has given me some ideas on how to make the same meal for both of us, while making his more calorie laden. I had never thought about using powdered milk as an addition for him.
LNAGEL- Those foods are recommended b/c they are high in calories but with little volume or filling power. For people who have trouble eating enough due to lack of hunger, often higher-cal, less filling foods are the way to go.
I think this article has it's uses for some who just arn't hungry enough to eat a larger volume of food (aka, another serving of whole grains, protein, dairy etc), but I question the advice to add butter, sugar and other "empty" calories to one's diet. Nuts, seeds, dried fruits, and yogurts are all low-volume-high-calorie, palatable foods that are healthier than whole milk, sour cream and mayonnaise.
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