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I'm worried my approach to dieting is too severe. I went from recognizing I was overeating to eating 1300 - 1500 calories per day of very healthy food. I am covering all the food groups and reading a lot about nutrition, and yet there are days I feel much worse than I did before I began my diet. My biggest complaint is that I feel less able to focus, and sometimes I notice a great loss of energy.

Could this be because the calories I'm getting are completely different? Sometimes I have difficulties getting enough calories for the day (because vegetables and other healthy foods have so few) but I almost always manage. I just can't bring myself to eat any of the foods I used to eat.

I know this might sound like success but I'm not exactly sure it is. Any advice/recommendations anyone?

Sun. Mar 30, 11:34am

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How long ago did you make this change?
How much weight do you need to lose to get to the top of your healthy range?
How do you space your meals?
Are you getting at least 50g protein every day?
Do you start off with a sizeable breakfast, at least 250 cals?
Are you eating things you've never eaten before (possible sensitivity)?
Has your activity level changed?

You don't have to answer in this forum (but please do if you feel so inclined), but this is the kind of information you need to look at for the reasons behind your lack of energy and focus.

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 12:10 PM

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-I made the change about two weeks ago.
-I need to lose 40 pounds in order to have a healthy BMI for my height.
-The largest gap is some mornings between 7:30 (when I eat breakfast) and 1pm (when I get a chance to eat lunch). This is usually when the lack of energy begins (despite a breakfast of at least 250) and I usually can't shake it no matter how much healthy food I eat the rest of the day.
- I have been eating more vegetables than usual, but nothing I haven't eaten before.
- I'm not more active than I was before. I want to start working out but I really don't know if it would help or hurt the situation. I've lost five pounds so far which I'm happy about but I'm not sure if it's been worth it. Thank you for responding!

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 12:26 PM

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Okay, narrowed it down to three things to consider...

- Shuffle your calories around so that you can grab a mid-morning snack. If this is really difficult for your lifestyle, there are some great threads about quick, healthy 100-150 calorie snacks you can wolf in 2 minutes.
- Play with your breakfast. If it's normally a cereal-and-fruit affair, add protein; if it's a healthy omelet, add whole wheat toast. That sort of thing.
- Caffeine. Did you cut back your consumption? Could be withdrawal. In which case you might not want to give up your mid-morning coffee on top of all the other changes if it's not causing you any health issues.

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 12:39 PM

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You could be going through withdrawal from other things besides coffee, like sugar, additives, and anything else you are not eating anymore. Give it time. You will break your addictions and start to feel great in no time!

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 1:42 PM

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How many cals are you eating that brekkie is only 250? That sounds problematic.

Also, if you've increased your grain consumption, that could be the problem as well. Too may grains and I turn into a zombie...

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 3:14 PM

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