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cutting 500 calories out of daily diet?

So everywhere you read step up your activity and try to reduce your caloric intake by 500 calories. Anyone have any good, fulfilling meal plans that are between 1500-1800 calories.

After doing my BMR calculations etc. My trainer said if I workout every day I should keep my eating in the 1500-1800 calorie range. BTW, I am not much a frozen, processed food person...so if anyone out there has some fresh food/cooking oriented meal plans let me know. I dont want to feel deprived!

Thanks!


Tue. May 29, 2:35am

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I'm sure you can do it - I manage on about 1300 cals a day, w/o feeling overly deprived, most of the time! Rather than recommending specific foods for you, I recommend that you divide up your day into segments, and allocate calories to each segment. It makes it easier to determine if something is "too much" earlier in the day, and will leave you deprived later, or cause you to go over.

For example, I eat 300 calories for breakfast. Then, I eat 500 calories during the time I'm at work, including lunch and any snacks. Then, I eat 500 calories after work, including dinner and any snacks.

So, if I know that I'm going to want a lunch that is more than 500 cals, I may eat a breakfast that's more like 150-200 cals, and then I have 600-650 cals left for lunch. Or, if I want a bigger dinner or am going out with friends, I'll maybe have a 200-cal breakfast and a 350-cal lunch; then I have 750 cals left over for night.

Anyway, that's just what works for me. By portioning it out, I know that if I eat a very large breakfast, I may be hungry late at night. I also know that, if I want, I can have a donut on Friday mornings (my office has pastries every Friday), b/c I know a donut is around 200 cals, and I skip breakfast in order to do so (the donut becomes my breakfast). But, I know that if I have 2 donuts, then I need to have a small lunch to compensate. Not that I'm advocating donuts, but, just showing that even on a very low-cal diet, you can still eat a decent amount of treats!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 12:08 PM

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Thanks for the feedback

I tried to do 1300 but I think I will start off with 1500-1800...calories before I go for 1300....How long have you been doing it?

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 1:42 PM

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I've been using PT for over 2 years, and I've been around 1300 cals for probably over a year; I'm not really sure. But, I'm very short (5'1"), so, 1300 cals is more to me than it would be to someone who's taller.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 2:12 PM

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I agree, you need to be eating more and you need to include healthy fats in your diet. The fat helps your body absorb some of the nutrients from food.
Also, I would vary your exercise routine every 3 weeks. This will keep your body guessing and minimize the plateaus.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 5:13 PM

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