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I dont think I am eating enough

How little is too little of calories. Here is my situation-I eat right when I wake up and then have another meal at work. I dont eat when I get off because I go straight to sleep. I work nights though so I spend plenty of time sleeping during the day. I eat until I am full but I am just not awake all day long to get hungry. When I add my calories i am sometimes only eating 800 or 900 (if I avoid the cookies at work :) ) The reason i am concerned is because I do cardio between 1/2 hour to an hour and weight train five days a week. I burn around six to seven hundred when I do cardio for an hour and am worried that my body is going to hold on to what it has. I am always full or eat when I am not so what should I do

Thu. Apr 5, 3:11am

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Please see a doctor or nutritionist. This just doesn't sound right. Yes, I'm sure your body is holding on to the weight as with that few calories and that much exercise your body thinks there's a famine going on. If you are too full after that few calories then you need to eat richer but healthier foods - try things like nuts, olive oil on your veggies or salads, avacado on salads and entrees, some dried fruits like raisins and cranberries. Healthy and nutrient rich foods but denser in calories.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 6:31 AM

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7 calories per lb of body weight is you base line to sustian life. Do you fill up on water? We think you need some help. Can you switch to days?

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 6:38 AM

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women need a minimum of 1200 calories a day and men need a minimum of 1500 calories a day to lose weight safely/healthily (and many can lose weight on a higher amount, these are just the numbers you should not go under). If you are burning 700 calories per workout session, but only taking in 800-900 a day, you are not going to lose weight (at least after an initial few pounds).

Eat more often throughout your day-not sure if you can eat while at work, but try to bring portioned out snacks like nuts, string cheese, fruit, or veggies and hummus, or chocolate soy milk. You don't need to have 3 full sit down meals a day-but if you eat snacks/meals regularly (every 2-3 hours you are awake) you will keep your metabolism up and running, and weight will come off quicker.

Also, one incentive to eat more calories is that if you are losing weight eating so little and exercising so much, odds are you are losing muscle as well as fat, and no one wants that!! I definitely recommend talking to a nutritionist, a personal trainer, or even your doctor for ideas, menu structure, and advice.

If your log is public, you could tell the PT community who you are and I'm sure many people would be able to offer you concrete advice on where to add some food in. Good luck!

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 10:02 AM

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eating too little

I am having the same problem. I conserve calories then find at the end of the day I have eaten too few calories. I am trying so hard. Who knows the minimum calories you should eat per day?

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 10:20 AM

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I agree you are not eating enough ! Go to a nutritionist . If You can't afford one, I am sure you could go on plenty of websites that will give you great info. Your body right now is probably on starvation mode. You may gain a little wieght initially but you will lose it shortly and feel better and have more energy. Good Luck!
PS Make sure you add healthy calories not junk food!

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 10:22 AM

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6:38 and 10:08 have it right: 7x your body weight in pounds or 1200 calories is the bare minimum. 8-9x your body weight is recommended for healthy weight loss.

OP, you are going to make yourself sick, literally. When your immune system is deprived, you get every stupid little bug going 'round and it will wipe you out.

10:20, your problem sounds like a combination of poor planning and fear that you'll be hungry at the end of the day with no calories left to eat. Take it from someone who's been there, a 250-300 calorie breakfast will fix that. Try it for a week and see for yourself.

Thursday, April 05, 2007, 10:26 AM

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So I think the consensus is - concern for you, many of us want to see you consult a professional. Will you do it? I hope you will. I wish you well.

Friday, April 06, 2007, 6:27 AM

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OP-before I consult anyone I will just get in more fruits and veggies to get those calories up and make sure to avoid junk. nutrition first

Friday, April 06, 2007, 6:49 AM

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