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In a UC San Diego clinical trial of dieters funded by Jenny Craig , Jenny Craig clients lost 11 percent of their initial weight after 12 months, compared with 3 percent weight loss by those who were dieting on their own. I will continue my 3 times a week but how many calories do I eat to lose? The PI3K pathway also is activated by the insulin receptor and is therefore an important area where leptin and insulin act together as part of energy homeostasis. Read on to learn more about the risks and goals of the calorie diet. Over 80 per cent of the public did not know - or incorrectly estimated - the calorie content of a large glass of wine, which is around calories.

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Salads are good but how many of those can you eat? Your calculator says I should eat calories to lose weight. Do you think that is safe? I have been eating about and exercise fairly hard 4 to 5 times a week but only seem to be maintaining. Hi Kat, double check the numbers you input. It should never be that low. How do you know how much to eat then? Hi Helena, I would first ask how you settled on calories. Once those habits are in place you can adjust food quantity much more effectively.

If you want to count calories I would suggest just using it as a tool and not something to become dependent on. In January, I weighed I began working out 6 days a week 45 mins-1 hour of Lifting and moderate cardio and essentially eating intuitively. Since then, I lost 32 lbs in a little less than six months.

But recently, I started to plateau. I now weigh lbs. My goal is to get to about lbs. Recently, I have started to count my macronutrients and have upped my calories to calories. I am just nervous for the repercussions if there will be any.

At your current weight, that is going to slow way down. I am currently 44kg and am on a very low cal diet calories. My GW is kg…what is the best way for me to start increasing? Should I just jump to all at once then slowly increase from there? All that means is you slowly increase your food intake over time. If you choose to use the calorie counting route to do it then I would increase calories by a week at a time so long as body composition changes remain favorable.

As you go into the process make sure you differentiate between weight and fat. Use an all-inclusive progress assessment that includes weight, tape measurements, strength, energy, health, confidence, body image, and mirror. Hi George, losing on calories is going to be very hard unless you train all day. For example, start at for a couple of weeks. If no progress cut or so calories and repeat the process until your weight is trending down.

If I were not to count calories, but other way would I determine how much I should be eating? Extra muscle is good too. Much of the added weight would likely be lean body mass in the form of muscle glycogen — at least at first. So should I am for for a little while, but eat more if I am hungrier? But be ready to increase them after a couple of weeks. I have male clients that need less than 2, calories to lose weight.

If you are 6plbs over weiget, from the result of years of restricting and binging, where do. I tend to feel more secure when counting calories usually set to lose 1lb a week , but eventually binge.

Hi Carrie, many times counting calories gives us a false sense of security and moves us away from self-validating our progress and food intake. However, it can be a useful tool in many situations. For example, add in a serving of veggies with your current dinner. This creates a natural caloric restriction effect and is a manageable behavior change.

All this did not help with my bones at 49 and i blame the metafit body weight exercise for my operation. Hi Stephanie, wish I could help you out more, but it would take a very in depth one-on-one to get you sorted out. Get engaged with the process instead of trying to strong-arm a result weight loss.

I have been fighting 10 lb for ten years. I move regularly in the summer I run and ride my bike, I work with a trainer 3x week doing strength training and hiit. I have been eating calories a day not eating back calories for months and months. But this is a little nuts. I am short — 5. I am very small boned too, so at lbs. This is vanity weight for sure, but I clearly am driven. If you feel like you have fat to lose I would focus more on eating maintenance calories while continuing your strength training.

This will enable you to change your body composition at the same weight. I am very overweight. I put myself on a calorie,low carb diet. I track everything I eat and the app shows me calories,fat. I have been losing one pound a week.

I have been doing this since Nov and I am beyond frustrated. This is a lifestyle change so we need to focus more on the process and behaviors that get us to our goal instead of trying to directly force a result. Much of the problem is unrealistic expectations, and I think this stems from a lot of the weight loss success stories you hear.

The problem is that these people who lose weight really quickly are an exception to the rule. I have been dabbling w all sorts of weight loss diets, from low-carb to high carb as well as counting calories. I experience initial success and then boom… nothing.

So I bought in to the intermittent fasting protocol because apparently, there are many people experiencing success w this. I feel disillusioned w this area of my life. Ultimately, I think listening to your body and eating well is the key like in the Get Fit for Life Program. At least for long term loss that will stick. Yeah calculators are just a starting point guide, and in a perfect world I would have people starting at maintenance calories and then slowly reducing food intake until they hit the threshold where their weight trended down.

I now work out 6x per week — 15 mins cardio and 15 mins HITS, eat calories per day and have been doing this for 5 weeks. I am carrying a spare tyre around my waist that will not go! Hi Christine, take a bigger progress picture view. Not all progress markers improve each week. So also look at tape measurements, progress pics, weight, confidence, strength, body image, energy, health, and happiness.

My left arm is injured so lifting weights is not possible. I count calories and eat to a day. It shows I burn 3, to 4, a day on my Fitbit. Should I cut calories back or increase a bit? Then drop back down into your deficit. I use this with clients to get over sticking point.

Refeeds are another option. I am eating about to calories a day. What are my doing wrong? I would focus more on body composition changes while staying at your current weight. I am a 47yr. So at the beginning of the year I decided to change things, Breakfast every day Oatmeal, banana, blueberries, coffee Cal. Lunch 3 to 4 oz of lean protein meat, chicken, fish and veggies about Cal. I also have been exercising regularly 30 min cardio 30min weights 5 days a week.

That worked for the first 8 to 10 weeks dropped to Lbs. Great… Then I decide to hang out, a few week ago, went out friday, Sat, and sun. Monday I was at …. I figured get back on the train and pull it all back, so got on the same routine since I did now 2 weeks later , what gives. But over time it should be trending down. I was under eating probably or under for a long time. I am very active.. I am 60 and had a gastric by pass and lost lbs but I met the love of my life who is s chief and gained back 50 lbs.

Focus on consistency and getting engaged with the process so you can stay motivated long enough to see results. I am very overweight and have to take steroids for a medical condition.

I am not very mobile because of my medical conditions and I restrict my calorie intake to between cals a day but cannot loose weight. Could you help please. Only way to find out would be to slightly drop them and see what happens. I was eating I know I should be eating more but how do I increase calories without the scale going up? Hi tony — it sounds like many people struggle with this. I, too, was undereating for a long time less than a day for over a year and working out tons some days hard and some days just walking 30 thousand steps.

I understand logically that I need to eat more and do more effective workouts as I put my body into a bad place. But even in adding more calories back eating at now and have balanced my macros so I actually have some fat intake.

The scale and inches increase literally every week. Perhaps you could create another post answering this question for those of us who still struggle. How long could this process take? Is it ok to tackle adding calories in and scaling back workouts at the same time, or should we be trying one at a time? Our bodies do a great job of self-regulating how much to eat if you let it.

See what you end up eating based on what your body tells you. It might be higher or it might be lower than you think. But once you have that intake figured out you can adjust accordingly to manipulate your body weight. Eating so little everyday is kinda sad…. Hi buddy, do you mind if I share this information on my Facebook.? As a PT, I was explaining this very thing last night to a client….

I struggled with anorexia between the age of 14 and 16 and in those two years i had to gain about punds, to be at a Health weight. I ended up gaining around 50 pounds, and i really dont feel feel good at this weight.

I eat calories monday-friday, and i eat calories saturday and sunday, to have a calorie deficit in average. I have NOT lost weight for a month or two, rather i have gained some pounds. I dont know what to do anymore… any helpfull advice? It would be greatly appriciated. Hi Helene, when people have struggled with eating disorders I tend to take a non calorie counting approach.

I find that focusing on the minutia of calories can lead to a resurfacing of emotions that caused the disorder in the first place. I would also work more on consistency day to day in your food intake and not worry about the calorie high days on the weekends. Doing that will lower your food intake and could possible help with your weight loss.

I even gain know, when I should be in a caloric deficit. Yes, I would work on consistency first. It takes practice but you have to learn to start trusting yourself around food again. I am 44 and weight and want to lose pounds. I try to do SPIN class 3 times a week but have been slacking due to cold weather.

I will continue my 3 times a week but how many calories do I eat to lose? Work on adherence and consistency with your eating and exercise. Choose exercise because you enjoy it, not because it gives you a weight loss effect. Get very consistent with that. Most people will lose weight once they do that with the majority of their meals.

And if not, it makes it really easy to adjust your food intake once that habit is in place. I found this article to be very interesting as I have recently been researching reverse dieting. I weighed more though: I got up to lbs before I decided that I needed a lifestyle change. My problem was portion sizes.

Without realizing it, I was eating twice as much as someone my height and age should eat! And I had to eat that much, just to feel full!

It has taken almost a year, but I am now down to , and all that I did was use a calorie counting app loseit some of my friends used fitness pal. I started logging all of my foods, and I realized that my portion sizes were causing me to overeat. I used the app to help control how much I was eating, and I would exercise to pull my calories back down to my goal if I over-ate during the day.

Running a calorie deficit works. Having little rewards every 5 or 10 pounds is important, and having someone who keeps you accountable besides just you is important as well. My husband will purchase and play a new board game with me, every time I hit my 10 lb goal! I do not eat paleo, but I stumbled across this article while trying to find help. I started losing weight with diet pills and exercise and gradually losing through the years. The last 5 years I have focused on just eating lower calories and have made it as low as lbs.

This has become all consuming. I was happier teetering around I do exercise ever single day for an hour and a half and keep my calories at ish. I have binges about every 8 days that easily go into the calorie mark.

I have been living this way for far too long. I obsess over food to a grand scale and constantly think about it. When I am done with a meal I am actually sad. All I want to do is eat. I never ever want to be fat again and find myself trying to get back and keep telling myself I will live normal when I get there, but I cannot get there.

I am miserable and hate social gatherings and will cancel and avoid at all costs. God bless my husband who has been with me for 21 years, he loves me so much and I am making him miserable too. I never leave the house EVER! I go to the grocery store on saturday morning and thats it. I dont want to be fat again, I cannot lose weight so therefore I cannot eat more cause when I do I gain.

There is a great online community for Intuitive Eating as well. Please buy the book. I am rooting for you! Are you saying at lbs. Be lucky you are only a couple pounds overweight.

I am a 58 year old male that always weighed about lbs. After 2 back surgeries and heart surgery I was bed ridden for 3 years. I am finally going to lose that lbs. I am SICK of being a prisoner in my own body. Please Google Overeaters Anonymous. I completely relate to every word that you wrote. I was pounds last month and now currently im Amorah I recommend that you eat a little more or add another snack you are feeling the way you are because you need more fuel to give your body more energy and since your young you burn calories faster because you are more active.

I promise you will feel a lot better. Girls your age should eat no fewer than calories a day. That means you have even less muscle to help you lose fat in the future muscle is hard to get back! Over the long term, under eating can be very harmful to your health. I am a 15 year old girl and I have been a good restricter for myself since third grade. I typically eat around calories per day and it seems like enough to me but I am and whenever I try lowering my calorie intake to lose weight which is always I can never lose any weight.

I realize now that I am not nearly eating enough along with excercising 5 days a week and I want to start eating more but I am afraid of gaining weight. I try to eat very healthy and protein packed food but no matter what I eat I still feel overweight and unable to lose weight.

What should i do? What does your typical menu look like? You could be underestimating how much you are eating. Eat more plant based foods. Peanut butter almond butter flaxseeds healthy fats. During the course of 2 and a half months, I went from pounds to The way I lost weight was very unhealthy, each day I lowered my calorie intake and now I only eat a few snacks a day.

I splurged on junk food and chocolate during my last period. My skin is loose and the muscles in my legs are not as firm anymore. You should definitely speak tp tour doctor about it.

Gabriella can you speak with a parent to make an appointment with a primary care physician? Most health plans will make an allowance to see a nutritionist. I would recommend you start there.

Your weight loss is impressive and shows discipline but is not healthy. At your young age you have years of growth ahead of you and need to eat more. A progressive physician should be able to refer you to a nutritionist for your diet and a therapist for your depression. Growing up is very hard. Good for you for seeking advice on this site…but seeking out medical in person help is the best advice i or anyone else can give you right now.

So soooo glad I found this. Exercise at least 4 times a week and I am on my feet all day. I upped my fibre intake, had more protein when I could and avoided more carbs than normal and was reaching cals a day, if even some days. Could not figure out where I was going wrong. After Reading this and agreeing with at least 5 things I realised that I was having the right things but no where near enough for the amount I do. People are so obsessed with losing weight that they go so low on calories and it can cause a lot of harm to your body.

PS what has helped me as well is eating small meals and snacks every coup,e hours. If your an active person you need to eat more frequently! Stop letting tv advertisements and crash diets control your life!

Your better than that! I eat around calories a day. Am I not eating enough? I am 16 years old and I do gymnastics 4 days a week from 4: I recently lost about 20 pounds because I cut down on how much I was eating. I have just started to increase the amount I eat in a day because I am not having a period and I have no energy to do the sport that I love.

For example, this is basically what I eat everyday. I think that sounds very healthy, minus the chocolate in the milk lol. I will try to eat more, though often, no desire to. I know something is wrong, but doctors have been dismissive. But even after all that, I still feel terrible, like something is still wrong. Will I ever wake up and feel well and strong? If someone out there can help, I implore you.

This is positively depressing. Like you, I struggle from many symptoms no doctor has taken seriously. Do your own research. I am convinced after years of this and no help from the medical industry that we have to trust ourselves and look into any and all options.

See a naturopath, see an syrveduc practitioner, see a Chinese herbalist, see a nutritionist. Anyone who says diet does affect your health is mad.

Trust your gut and keep searching. I wish you the best! Hi, I just recently weighed myself and I use to be lbs and now im only lbs. I lost this in a week. I dont use the bathroom very often. And I only eat breakfast and lunch on the weekends.

I have more stress than an average teen because of the college prep classes I have. Im also late for my period. Could me being underweight be the cause of all this? While lbs is perfectly healthy for your age and height, it is a little alarming that you seem to have lost this in a week. The chills and constipation should set off an alarm too. I hope you start feeling better. I was always known as having the clearest of skin, and I have suffered with abyss acne for the last few years.

I never thought it was a case of under eating because of how big, bloated and fat I became, it seemed the less I ate the bigger I got. I am almost 16, 5,5 ft and I weight about pounds. I think You may want to eat a little more than what you are currently at. Think about how much you walk in a day and how many calories that consumes on its own.

All of your symptoms can be caused by not eating enough, even anxiety. What are you doing for exercise 5 days a week? Do you walk a lot throughout the day?

Your best bet would be to buy some sort of fitness tracker, preferably one with a heart rate monitor. You could also use a calorie tracker like My Fitness Pal and track how much you eat. I use the app on my phone and I also use My Fitness Pal to track my calories.

The best part about the two apps is that you can sync them together. Your parents may be willing to help you buy one. You also want to make sure you eat enough protein. Muscle burns fat, the only way to get rid of fat is to build muscle.

Cardio alone may help you lose weight, but lifting weights and building muscle is the only way to keep it off. Also, if you are not eating enough protein, your body will eat your muscles. And as I said earlier, muscle burns fat, without any muscle you can not lose fat.

On another note, tennis burns a crazy amount of calories, make sure you eat enough to cover those calories. How does your weight affect your ability as a tennis player? For many years my only exercise was walking on my treadmill and that worked well for me. About 7 years ago I started doing workout videos and doing some weights and have progressed but over the last 3 years things have been sorta a struggle.

I feel I have fallen into the exercise more and more and eat less. So, fast forward, I did a new Beachbody program, pushed myself hard and at the end of 60 days, I was no further than the day I started, I NEED to turn to diet, I think I need to eat more but telling someone that used to be over lbs over weight to eat more when I want to lose a few pounds is not easy.

I WANT to fix this and have been upping my calories the last few days and reading and researching. I would love to know if I am in the right direction? Can you help me? Do cardio twice a week but never on a treadmill…walk in a park or beach or whatever… Keep it natural.

What Tami described above is exactly me. I also am doing a 60 day challenge by beach body… My measurements are going up! I have had all my blood work done in the past and I am healthy!

Hi , im 16 and 17 on 17 march Im cm and weight 42,5 kg I eat around kcal a day for 4 months and i struggel to get all my meals in body and feel extremely bloated event After eating a piece of brocolie and 30g meat My legs and arms are skinny bit my belly gets fatter and fatter and when i eat only 50 above kcal i gain weight what must i do?

Is my huge belly due to undereating? Hi Jeanique It sounds like you are definitely under eating. You are very light in weight for your height and the reason you are putting on weight when you eat is most probably because your body is not happy at the weight you are at. The body is an amazing machine that will tell you when it is not happy.

You will feel so much better if you eat more food. To keep healthy make sure you are eating real food eg cooked meat, eggs if you are not intolerant vegetables and fruit.

Some vegetables may not suit you. Broccoli and other sulphur producing foods like cabbage can cause bloating. At your age you may still be growing so it is important that you support your body during this time and give it the additional calories to make sure your body can grow.

Healthy fats like olive oil and coconut oil and eating almonds will all help. Stay away from processed foods and soda drinks as although they may taste nice they are not good for you. If you are only eating 1, calories it is best if they are packed full of nutrients and not just empty sugary calories.

Anna has some good advice above on the types of healthy foods you should be eating. One tablespoon of oilive oil drizzled over your meat or on a piece of bread will give you more calories. It goes down like nothing and can help you reach a healthy calorie target for the day.

Some of the things you described in your post were extremely concerning to me because it sounded as if you might have an eating disorder and severe malnutrition.

There is no way you should feel bloated after one piece of broccoli and one ounce of meat. One ounce is about two bites. I did some Googling and a symptom of starvation is that you feel full really quick. Another symptom of severe malnutrition and protein deficiency is a very thin body with a bloated belly. The skinny body, bloated belly look is well known among starving children in Africa. It seems that your body has lost the ability to properly judge its food intake. Talk to your parents and a doctor and tell them you have a problem with eating.

Eat with others and take in as much food as they do. Trust in science, which has established that normal people need to be eating closer to 2, calories a day instead of a mere Remember that you are NOT fat. Seek help, and remember that you NEED to eat. This is your own health and your own life on the line.

Thank you so much , what you said really opened my eyes you reallly gave me the advice i searched for a long time , thanks to you i finnaly felt free to talk about my eating dissordr with my dad amd we will as soon as possible be searching for a professional to help me with my nutrition recovery as well as my self esteem recovery and i know its going to be tough But i don t know how to thank you enough because i tried to ask so many people , had no response and my own ex dietitiam said that my belly problem was impossible to come from malnutrition thanks again for opening my eyes and saving me from even more severe health problems.

I sometimes eat dinner. How are my eating habits guys? Maybe try thinking about what you will eat for breakfast or even make a meal the evening before? Maybe that way you would be more motivated to eat the breakfast. The less you eat the more your stomach will shrink so you may not feel hungry but your body still needs to be nourished. Most people say that you should have at least two meals per day so breakfast is most probably a good one if you can have it on your own.

Then make sure you have a really healthy and plentiful evening meal. Could you take some nuts such as almonds and walnuts with you so that you can snack on them when you are alone?

As you eat more you will find your appetite returning and you will begin to enjoy food more. This was an interesting read and the comments even more so! I was just wondering if since I have been on a calorie diet for two weeks it would cause a loss of menses that quickly? I am not underweight -more on the other end at Aiming for around Any thoughts would be appreciated. Im 15 years old female, cm and 52 kgs.

And i wanted to eat healthier, so i used a calculator to find out how many calories i should eat per day and i got calories a day. So i start tracking how much i eat a day and i only come to about calories a day. I workout for an hour and 20 minutes a day, 1 hour of HIIT and 2o minutes of squats, pushups and stuff. Also my older brother is about 45kgs and cm tall and needs to gain muscle weight i wanna help him out, anyone know what to do about that?

Vanilla, at 15 years old your body is still doing a great amount of growing and developing. But in truth, the more deprived you are of calories and nutrients, the worse and worse your anxiety will become. You will only become sicker if you continue to eat so little. I have some things the website describes. Remember that skinny girls can feel the same way as you do!

If you do not consume what your body needs to meet basic functions and meet your energy needs you will lose weight the entire time until you either eat more or die. So if your statement as true, I should be pouring off the weight, correct? It actually is true.. If you are at a deficit you will lose weight. If your maintenance calories are truly and you are eating then you would be losing weight, but bear in mind that as you get lighter, your maintenance calories decrease as well.

It could also be that your maintenance is not truly I could plug my I information into every calculator in the world and they would all say my TDEE is calories a day but in reality my BMR is just much too low for that. Weight could also be things other than fat. I am trying to wrap my head around this. My calorie intake always is at and normal carb days g carbs and on low carb 50g carbs days as I try to carb cycle my always keep my fat and protein high.

Could my diet really be the cause of me not losing weight or toning? I am a competitive swimmer on a team for about 7 years. We workout 2 hours each day. I eat around 1,, calories each day. I have noticed that my menstrual cycle has stopped for almost a year and lots of hair is falling out. For the past month I have been trying to eat more, and the calculator says I should eat more and I could maintain the same weight.

I am still missing my period, but i think I have gained weight. Hi this article really caught my eye and made me realize just how much I under eat!

A lot of the symptoms describe me: I am also constantly craving food but I had always chalked this up to my high metabolism, not under eating.

I am looking for foods to increase my calorie intake as well as stop the symptoms. Some healthy foods to boost that: Also try some muscle building exercises. Hi, this is a bit weird for me, seeing as im not on a diet, nor have i ever had a problem with undereating. Anyways i noticed a large number of these apply to me not the pregnant, or insomnia one, which was actually the opposite for me. I was hoping for maybe an answer from you that isnt something i know, or whether its exactly what i think it is.

Eating should be pleasurable. If you are only eating simple carbs I presume you mean sugary snacks your body may be asking for healthier food and you will feel better if you could eat some healthier foods.

Try a couple of good meals and see how you feel. I know my issue is food and anxiety-related, because when I do eat more, I sleep much better. My main disruption is waking up sometimes hungry. It sounds as though you are doing well with your anxiety. As you most probably know anxiety can ebb and flow and can pop up in different places.

At least you understand what you should be doing so hopefully by eating healthily, when you remember, will help with the anxiety too. I hope you can help this make a little more since to me, thanks.

Try eating lunch with a friend. Perhaps your heart needs to be fed in the middle of the day, as well as your body! I will go a whole day without eating most of the time or some days I will only eat once.

I made myself eat today but I still felt sick. What should I do about this? You might try sipping a glass of water slowly before eating. Take your time, sit down and sip. Enjoy the company of a friend as you sit and sip water. I have all of these symtoms but have reverse dieted my way to calories. Or will it just take time as I continue at this level? Try adding some more calories. You could potentially stand to gain pounds. That might help kick start your hormonal function and improve your symptoms.

Of course this is a complete guess, there may be other things going on that you need more one-on-one help with. Every time I do, I just puke it up. I know this may sound as to much information to some, but I started my period yesterday as well, I am bleeding a lot more than I ever have. Call your doctor as soon as you can. It may be something serious and is better to outrule that first. To me it does not sound like a consequence of chronic undereating and even trying to add to your caloric intake can be challenging at the state you are now.

My blood levels were at a 4. I stayed for a week and a half got three blood transfusions and got more sleep than I ever remember. He gave me iron pills and frolic acid and it worked wonders. Although I still have trouble with under eating and I get killer migraines my period only last 5 days and barely any blood. Your situation may be different than mine but when I lived with my ex I started to gain a lot of weight, I went from to in just a few months.

If you are unhappy or stressed get out now bc it will only get worse. Everyone deserves to be happy and no one needs to live with stress bc it just wears you down. Good luck, hope everything works out for you.

I have celiac disease and a dairy allergy, and there is a long list of foods that seem to bother me due to a leaky gut. I wondered if you found any food options? I am 32 with celiac and a dairy allergy, as well as soy, egg, nuts, and beef.

Have you tried adding some good fats into your diet. Try olive oil dressing on your salad or eating avocado. I recently discovered I was undereating for what I would assume was years due to medications Celexa, Topamax. Each time I started one of these medications I lost some weight.

About 5 lbs with Celexa, 10 with Topamax the first time I took it. I calculated the food I ate that day and it was just over calories! I remember being completely stuffed that day. I kept track the next few days too and each time it was still around calories. First in my abdomen for a week or so after the initial increase and then it moves to my thighs. What should I do, eat or between ? Is this true or would I still be able to do light exercise because I enjoy it.

Sorry again for all the questions! She did recommend I go up to calories though for a few months to level out while doing some lifting at the gym and then come down to for maintenance. I have been under eating for a while and I apply to many of these symptoms. My parents said this might be a doctor situation. But before we do that I will show them this website and hope for the best.

I started not eating when I ate almost nothing for a whole week because I got very sick and all my mom would give me was nasty tea and soup. Not eating can become a habit-a bad one.

You possibly also starved many of your microbes. More fat will warm you up. Coconut oil will actually make you leaner, as it does work on changing the microbe levels. You can add more fiber, resistant starches, sweet potatoes, root vegetables,. Certain microbes will help make us fat, and you may want some fat on you, except for belly fat. As for grains, that is up to you. Sometimes very skinny people have celiac or grain intolerance. Try an egg drink with eggs, butter, some sweet potatoes, berries, avocados along with some spices mixed in a blender along with some hot water, and drink it.

You can read some of my other replies also about my size. That was a great read! I have been under eating since the past five years. When I started cutting out on my food, I weighed around pounds. However, I shed weight drastically and have got stuck at pounds for the last three years. I try to go for long, brisk walks for an hour and a half on weekdays and prefer doing yoga on weekends.

I am struggling with getting on to start eating properly. Lately, I have been having irregular periods also. My hands remain cold most of the time and I tend to get anxious and peeved easily.

All I can say is that I need help with correcting my diet. Any suggestions regarding how to go about it would be appreciated. I am 44 years old, for the past 20 years I have tried every diet known to man or woman with no luck. I am a chronic under eater. I can go an entire day without eating a thing.

I dont get hungry. I have a high stress life as well, not job so much as life stress. I started dating a body builder and he has made me start to follow an eat every few hours type of diet, and at first it seemed to work, but now I am eating every few hours and gaining instead of losing. I have had my thyroid tested- its normal although I have all of the symptoms of low thyroid function.

I am currently at pounds. I eat oatmeal with honey for breakfast, then i have a hand full of nuts, and a protein shake, I have a salad with either chicken breast meat or tuna, and a little dressing. I have a cup of what ever I made for dinner the night before which is usually meat beef chicken breast or fish , and veggies zucchini, mushrooms, celery, broccoli, onions, peppers at some point in the day I have a cup of brown rice, a sweet potato or white potato.

I drink 2 ltrs of water a day or close to that as some days I cant drink it, and nothing else. I try to stay away from sugars and bread but once in a while i treat myself to a croissant or a piece of cinnamon toast or cereal with almond milk instead of oatmeal.

If i eat bread its multigrain. I occasionally eat fruit. But my issue is that i feel that i have gone from one extreme to another and now I eat too much food. I eat small portions, but I am still struggling and I cant lose the pounds. I try to take walks, but I have 0 energy. I also try to keep up with the bedroom but its also hard when you have no drive and hate your body. I am not a morning person, but I work almost every day- days off i could stay in bed all day if i didnt have stuff to do.

By eating throughout the day you will be constantly raising your insulin levels. This will prevent you from losing weight. You would be better having three good meals per day with about 4 hours between each one. Try and avoid having too much carbs — either rice or potatoes in a day but not both. If you can leave 12 hours between your evening meal and your breakfast your body will release glucose overnight and lower your levels ready for the next day.

My issue is almost never talked about. I have trouble gaining weight. I hover around lbs. Eating Paleo, without grains, beans and dairy, high calorie foods are hard to come by. I lift weights but gain very little muscle, in part because of my low post-menopausal hormone levels. But it feels impossible to eat enough calories to gain weight. I know about healthy fats and root vegetables, but how many sweet potatoes with coconut oil can I eat in one day?

But I do have osteoporosis in the lumbar spine even with the weightlifting. Somebody said to just eat more of what I already eat. Anyway, one day at lunch, when I ate a large bowl of white rice and red lentils red lentil: Hey, I went the sweet potato route. Keep seeking, and watch your expectations. Hi Johnny, Thanks for sharing your experience. A Paleo approach is best for me overall.

My body loves meat. Glad you found what works for you! It gives you energy to do things. But very few people eat just for that reason. The first step is finding out what your triggers are. Is it stress , anger, anxiety , or depression in a certain part of your life? Or is food your main reward when something good happens? Next, try to notice when those feelings come up, and have a plan ready to do something else instead of eating.

Could you take a walk? These are the sugars in cookies, cakes, sugar -sweetened drinks, and other items -- not the sugars that are naturally in fruits, for instance. Sugary foods often have a lot of calories but few nutrients. Be choosy about carbs. You can decide which ones you eat, and how much. Look for those that are low on the glycemic index for instance, asparagus is lower on the glycemic index than a potato or lower in carbs per serving than others.

Whole grains are better choices than processed items, because processing removes key nutrients such as fiber, iron, and B vitamins. There are vegetarian and vegan sources nuts, beans, and soy are a few , as well as lean meat, poultry, fish , and dairy.

Most Americans get enough protein but could choose to get it from leaner sources, so you may already have plenty in your diet. Your exact protein needs depend on your age, gender, and how active you are. Make friends with good fats. The better choices are those in fish , nuts, and seeds, and olive oil or coconut oils. Those have unsaturated fats -- polyunsaturated or monounsaturated fats, specifically.

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