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I have always struggled with this. I definitely know how to BINGE eat like an 800 lb man, but I struggle with finding the right balance between eating ENOUGH and eating TOO MUCH.
I use MFP to plan my meals out. For my size, it says I am supposed to get 1230 calories per day. Add in the cardio I did today +400 calories= 1630 calories. The idea of that just seems daunting to me. Don't get me wrong. I can easily scarf down 1630 calories of the wrong types of food. But what are some healthy foods I can add to my diet?
This is today's meal plan, that has me eating every 3 hours...and I am still 500 calories short.
Breakfast: Whole grain oatmeal, half serving of pecans, cinnamon
snack 1 : whole baked sweet potato
Lunch: Lean turkey burger
snack 2 : serving of greek yogurt and a cup of watermelon
dinner 3 : two scrambled eggs, with mushroom, pepper, and onion
snack 3: popcorn with garlic.
Last edited by HeatherLopez; June 13th, 2013 at 08:10 AM.
I can totally relate! I was having the same problem for a while and now I'm eating plenty. I'm eating more in my meals now than I was before but for a while I was drinking protein drinks and eating protein bars to get in the extra calories. Your meals look really light. For your lunch could you add something like a cup or rice or maybe eat the sweet potato with your lunch and then eat something else for a snack. It does take a little extra planning but you can do it. Just try to work in a 100 calories here and there.
yeah before I did MFP I wasn't eating enough either.....but a handful of nuts will help fill the void, some cheese, maybe some apples with peanut butter?? and honestly unless you have a HRM to really track your calories burned I would not worry about eating back all 400 of those calories as MFP likes to overestimate what you burn sometimes....I would say eat back about 200-250....
also for your dinner you could add in some ham or something to the eggs.....
I have the same problem some days. On those days I just try to squeeze in an extra cheese stick, some ham, or some almonds here and there. Sometimes I even let myself have a treat (something sweet and not so healthy) when I have those extra calories. Some days I also use those extra calories to allow myself a sweet tea or some other drink with calories.
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Ditto to the others. I like to keep things like almonds or other nuts, cheese, hummus, etc around to fill the gaps. Also, I've been buying single serve ice cream cups (so I don't go overboard), and will have one of those sometimes if I have the calories to spare.
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