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What if I'm not eating enough calories while working out?

How do I know how much to eat if I don't know how many calories are in some of the foods I eat. I have been really good about eating my breakfast in the morning to get my matabolism going. I'm finding as I work out more that I'm not wanting to eat as much during the day and evening? Some days I will only get maybe a 1000 calories and on top of that I will have done a good 30 minutes on the treadmill in the morning. The next day I may have 1500 and then I may be back to a couple days of 1000. I don't really count my calories because I make alot of things that I have no clue how it would calculate into portions and calories.
I have around 50 lbs to loose. Do I have enough to loose that I don't have to worry about my body burning muscle before it will burn the fat?

I just remember someone was doing weight watchers and not eating all her points and she was not loosing weight. The WW lady to her she needed to eat all her points.
Then I remember on biggest looser how she would say, "you have to eat" if your going to loose weight."

Sat. Jul 29, 5:26pm

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The problem isn't that you're going to start burning muscle, it's that your body is going to want to hold on to the fat. If your body thinks you're starving, it's going to hold on to what it has and not burn that extra 50 pounds you want to get rid of. Plus, it's going to hold on to whatever calories you do put in. You may actually GAIN!

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 6:32 PM

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lack of appetite can be a sign of over training- which will likely slow your weightloss down. Some days I swim for 45 min, run for 30, and do an hour long total body strength training session... and all I will have eaten that day was a banana and a handful of walnuts and then a late dinner of a salad with chicken. Def not enough to eat given the workouts. But I don't feel hungry- that's a BAD sign.

I'm notorious for skipping meals. I'm so busy sometimes I really do forget to eat. Or I refuse to pick up a bite to eat as I avoid processed/preservative laiden foods. But when you're working out, you have to eat.

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 6:34 PM

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Ok, so if I decide to eat some pizza and lets say eat 1500 just for dinner will my body realize it's not starving and burn some of the calories that it's been holding onto? I'm kinda scared to eat but I want a pizza and one slice has 700 calories

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 6:57 PM

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You need to read some nutrition stuff

It is not just the number of calories, it is what you eat. If you eat only carbs and sugar -- your body will hold onto fat and use muscle for protein.

If you are eating a balanced diet of protein, appropriate carbs, veggies, etc. within the calorie limits, you'll be fine.

Look into Andrew Weil's book on eating, such as 8 weeks to better health or Dr. Perricone's anti-inflammatory diet.

Pizza can be great depending on the ingredients or HORRIBLE depending on the ingredients and amount. 700 calories a slice is pretty high. There are some individual pizzas which only have 500 calories.

With pizza you need to watch the fat, cholesterol, trans fat, and especially the salt. They tend to have twice the amount of salt that you should have in one day!

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 7:02 PM

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Honestly, regular meals are best for your body. Sure, you need to shock it once in a while, but constant flux between feast or famine will still train your body to conserve. It's got a long memory- if you haven't been feeding it enough, overdosing your calories is not going to help- especially just one meal. It need consistent feeding for many different reasons.

Saturday, July 29, 2006, 7:10 PM

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