Elements of Health · Calorie Restriction

5,901 people have taken on rules to modify this element of their health.

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cnd has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,651 pts

Tracking calories is time-consuming!

(I’m not strictly restricting calories, but I’m tracking what I eat, but this was the closest “element” I could relate the tip to.)

Sometimes it’s easier to take pictures of all my food and then log it all at the end of the day. Otherwise I find myself logging… all. day. long.

about 3 years ago

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carcas has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 46 pts

Apple > Snickers > Microsoft

over 3 years ago

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Starfevre has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 14 · 8,054 pts

Why is there a rule for Lower calories and not one for enough calories? Calorie restriction has never ever been my problem. My metabolism is so crappy (among other reasons) because I don’t actually eat enough for my body to ever leave starvation mode, I’m told. There should be one for those of us who have the opposite problem. (Note: not anorexic, just unmotivated by food with an inadequate hunger signal).

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

Yeah, there oughtta be.
Could you put it in a custom rule for yourself?

:) Starfevre
over 4 years ago

I’m already using up my custom rules. Too bad we can’t do more than one of the same type.

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

Sometimes when I need an extra custom rule, I just bend a pre-set rule and make it mean something else, and I put that something else in the “notes” (fine print) that I can add to the rule.

So if I wanted to make a rule to eat a minimum number of calories, I’d pick something else about eating, something that I’m not already using.
E.g. Eat fresh fruit, or eat whole grains (haha, I kept typing “brains” and had to keep correcting it!) – or whatever, anything about eating something – and I’d just know that it meant “eat enough calories”. And I’d have the note to remind me.

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

I see the only specific eating thing you’ve got is “eat raw fruit”, so there should be several others to choose from, that you could bend to your own purposes.

:) Starfevre
over 4 years ago

I could. Perhaps I will in the future. I’m not sure that I’m ready to take that one on yet but I will keep that in mind. I was mostly complaining to complain. My email subscription purge was quite successful and now I don’t get much email at all and I’m not sure I like that…

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

I know the feeling! Occasionally there’s a lull in all the subscription-email delivery, and I feel disappointed when I look and there’s nothing there.

over 4 years ago

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Starfevre has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 2,976 pts

I really need to start priorizing food. Does anyone have any ideas for eating enough calories? It’s like my brain makes a queue of stuff I want to be doing at that moment and eating never makes it high enough to actually be accomplished even if there is food right next to me.

:) Elfu
over 4 years ago

My friend has a similar problem. She always struggles with it but she said that always ensuring she eats proper food helps a bit. Candy and treats make her feel full the rest of the day and she gets sick and even less hungry when she doesn’t eat proper food at all. I don’t know if that is a relevant point to you… I hope you’ll find the solution that helps! :)

:) Starfevre
over 4 years ago

there was an apple sitting at my elbow for most of today. it’s not that I fill up with candy it’s that I just forget or don’t prioritize or something and end up eating nothing at all.

:) MadameAlto
over 4 years ago

I wish I could help but I feel hunger in such extreme that I rare forget to eat. Maybe somehow work eating into your daily routine?

:) Ryan Clayton
over 4 years ago

Make good food accessible. Put out a bowl of nuts (I prefer raw unsalted almonds), which are calorie dense and considered relatively healthy.

If that does not work, as with the apple, identify that which is taking priority and remember that eating is necessary to survive. By mis-prioritizing, the tasks that are taking priority will inevitably not get done if you don’t consume.

:) CynthiaR
over 4 years ago

On the surface of it, Starfevre, my first thought was “Oh I wish I had THAT problem!” But of course each problem has its own challenges, doesn’t it?

I like Ryan’s angle of calorie-dense foods which are considered healthy. My list has nuts, avocados, nut butters (like cashew or almond, etc, not necessarily peanut butter), full-fat cheese (if not eliminating dairy). How about a banana with those nuts? Easy to eat, throw away the peel. Half an avocado, a spoon, some soy sauce or Worcestersauce in the crater and bang healthy fats, calorie dence.

If I was going to find a way to eat that apple, in your situation, I’d cut it up and spread some almond butter (for instance) on each slice. Can you keep a small container and some plastic utensils in your desk? Or eat the apple and then just have a couple of spoonsful of the nut butter if there wasn’t time or a place to sit and play with it.

Have you thought about “food breaks” and setting a timer or alarm on a smart phone, your PC, etc. Even just five minutes. The alarm goes off, you get up, take the food, go to the break room/car/kitchen, have your food, drink a glass of water and go back to work. Next hour (or whatever interval) you do it all over again.

Do let us know what you find out works for you!

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

I would add to Ryan’s and Cynthia’s suggestions, and have nearby the foods that are the most appealing and tasty to you (as well as being healthy).

:) Starfevre
over 4 years ago

Easy to go the other way too. I AM still overweight. My doctor got very concerned at my last appointment and decided that giving me an appetite suppressant was what would solve it. Hah. I’m not actually taking it, don’t worry, but really, so few calories doesn’t mean any weight loss either, it just means my metabolism has entered the ice age.

I will try to get some easy healthy no-work foods such as the almonds you mentioned. The apples sometimes work, I bought 2 yesterday, but I hate eating them whole and prefer to cut them up first. I have the knife and cutting board here to do that, but it means I have to do it, which is the step I have trouble with. I’m going to wash them and cut one up right now though. Right now.

:) Ryan Clayton
over 4 years ago

A little preparation goes a long way, especially when not wanting to put effort into eating when you’re hungry. Cut it up beforehand, add some lemon juice to keep it fresh, and put it in a container. This will make the apple more accessible.

Boatloads of exercise also increase’s one’s appetite. If you have trouble eating/sleeping/living, do more of that. :)

:) MaryAnn
over 4 years ago

I like cut-up apples, too. I sometimes cut one up at home, put it in a baggy, and carry it wherever I’m going. I also love apples with cinnamon. If you like cinnamon, some good-quality organic cinnamon on a fresh apple is wonderful!

over 4 years ago

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Ronnie has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 2,300 pts

I’ve been having a hard time staying under my calorie count for the day since I started dieting. When I go to the gym and earn some calories back, I generally make it, but I don’t go to the gym every day.

Anyone have any low calorie AND filling meal/snack ideas? Specifically breakfast and lunch.

:) Merrill
over 5 years ago

I’ve been getting off track lately with weight-watchers, but I find oatmeal or hard-boiled eggs are a good and filling breakfast option for me….paired with fruit. And the Special K Cereal Bars are perfect snacks for me, because they generally fill my craving for something either sweet or salty and crunchy, and have only 2 WW points! Good luck, Ronie!!!

:) Shawn
over 5 years ago

I’ve found over the years that I have to have protein first thing in the morning to combat cravings, I can’t eat eggs, but I will often have “a few” almonds or string cheese with fruit and oatmeal is also really good, has quite a bit of protein. 1/2 rice cake with cheese or nut butter, one wedge of laughing cow cheese has 60 calories. I’ve also stopped eating specific foods for specific meals, it’s all interchangeable now! Good luck every day is a new day!

:) MaryAnn
over 5 years ago

We make what we call homemade muesli, for breakfast.
We make it the night before, so there’s minimal fussing in the morning.

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  • Put equal amounts of raw rolled-oats, and milk, together in a bowl.
    I use about 1/2 cup of each. Husband uses 3/4 cup.
    (If you don’t drink milk, any substitute will do. I’ve been using almond milk lately, and I like it even better.)

Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge to soak, overnight.

Optional additions – either the night before, or the next morning, add:

  • 2-3 tbspn of plain, 0-fat yogurt
  • Fruit to sweeten – either chopped apple, pear, banana, raisins (or whatever), or 2-3 tbspn of unsweetened, pure apple sauce
  • Nuts, chopped
  • Cinnamon to taste

The only thing I always leave for the following morning is the cinnamon. It seems to lose its flavour overnight if you add it the night before.

Lately I’ve become lazy about the nuts and the fruit.
I just throw a handful of whole almonds on top, without chopping.
And I don’t bother chopping fruit any more, but use the apple sauce instead.

The next morning, I take it out of the fridge and just leave it on the counter for 30-60 minutes, to bring it to room temperature. Or you can put it in the microwave, or set the bowl in some hot water in the sink.

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We’ve both been eating this for breakfast, for ages.
It’s healthy and filling.

:) Kanrei
over 4 years ago

I lost easily weight while being on the paleo diet and did also eat no sweets all the time. However I do love sweets, so I’m not really on the paleo diet anymore, but try to make at least my meals mostly paleo.
I think what helped on the paleo diet is, that one ate to every meal a piece of meat, I think the fat and proteins of the meat, made one stay longer satisfied. Also there were lot of vegetables on the meal. I think vegetables and meat together gives a really satisfying meal. Also when I felt hungry or maybe even just craving, I ate chestnuts, sashimi, or some fruits. I think this is also an important point, some times one feels cravings and thinks one wants to eat sweets, but probably it is more a sign of real hunger, than craving, and real food will made the craving away too.

If you want you can also prepare something for lunch at home, like a bento box. Yu can put in some rice, some chicken, salad, vegetables and so on.

Hmm, about breakfast, I think typical breakfast stuff, has too many calories before one feels satisfy. I’m always shocked how much breakfast could push my calories up…

over 5 years ago

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Vicca7000 has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 81 pts

How many calories you eat every day?

almost 6 years ago

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parafnordia has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.empty.16 -3 · 1,146 pts

how much time did you spend to know the calories of most food you eat automatically

almost 6 years ago

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MsPea has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 7,620 pts

I just found this information and I think it is awesome! It is super long but there is a reason for that. I definitely think everyone should read it!!

What the heck is TDEE and BMR and why do I have to take a math class to learn this?
Posted on 10/16/2012 by jessmastrilli

I started MyFitnessPal six weeks ago, and there were a lot of terms and abbreviations that I had no clue what they meant. NSV? MFP? SO? DH? TDEE? BMR? So much to learn! I had to actually Google NSV because I was too embarrassed to ask anyone what it meant.

I knew what BMI meant because I was on the overweight side of the BMI scale a year ago, but now I am on the healthy side :)

After hitting a plateau of 143.4 lbs for 2-3 weeks, I was interested in a different approach to lose this weight. I had been using the MFP recommended 1200 calories plus eating exercise cals back. It helped me lose 6.6 lbs, but after that no more.

Not only do I watch my calories, but I also have taken up running. It took me 5 weeks to run an entire 5k without walking/stopping. I was very proud of that. I also do weight lifting and some exercise videos. I would love to bike more, but just never have the energy on top of my other workouts.

So anyhow, I did some researching about the TDEE and BMR method everyone has been talking about in the message boards. It looked complicated, but I really wanted to learn more and see if it’s something that might help me out. I figured I would write this blog to help you guys out with it too because I had a few messages from my MFP friends regarding the method.

1. You need to find your BMR. BMR is the amount of energy you use no matter what you’re doing, even with sleeping. These are the number of calories you’d burn if you just stayed in bed all day. It is the minimum number that will keep you alive and your organs functioning. *Note, this will change after you lose a certain amount of weight. Keep checking after every couple of pounds.

a. To find this number:

i. Go to: http://www.fitnessfrog.com/calculators/bmr-calculator.html ii. Put in your gender, weight, height, and age. iii. My BMR is 1468 iv. This means that you do not want to eat below this number

2. Next, you need to find your TDEE. TDEE is the number of calories your body needs to maintain its weight. *Note, this will change after you lose a certain amount of weight. Keep checking after every couple of pounds.

a. To find this number:

i. Go to: http://www.fitnessfrog.com/calculators/tdee-calculator.html ii. Put in your gender, weight, height, age, and your daily activity level.(for me, I plan on exercising 3-5 days/week) iii. My TDEE is 2276, do not eat over this number unless you want to gain.

3. Now, this is where you need a math class to figure out how many calories a day you should be eating. Don’t hesitate to message me if you have questions :)

a. Take your TDEE number (2276) and multiply it by 7 days. My weekly calorie goal to maintain is 15,932.

Take that number and subtract 3500. 3500 calories equals a pound. So if you want to lose a pound, use 3500. If you want to lose more, subtract more from that number. Just make sure you don’t go below your BMR. My number after subtracting a pound is 12,432.

c. You now want to divide that into 7 days, to get your daily calorie goal.. Mine is 1776.

4. Now you don’t necessarily need to do it that way. Another way is take your BMR and subtract 15-20%. And just eat that amount of calories per day. Probably easier to figure out.

I decided to go with 1600 and not 1776 because I want to lose a little more than a pound a week. Yesterday was my first day of eating 1600 calories. I really felt weird going from 1200 calories on a rest day to 1600. It will be nice when eating out though :)

Anyhow, I am going to do it this week and see how it works out. I’m mentally preparing myself for a gain, but some people I’ve talked to lost the first week. So either way, I will stick with this plan because it seems healthier for me, especially since I run and do many activities throughout the week.

If you guys are following the same program, how is it working for you? If you are just starting, is it weird to eat more than you usually would?

*Crossing my fingers this helps! :)

:) SusanT
over 6 years ago

Thanks for posting this information. I calculated my numbers and then went back to My Fitness Pal, which calculated the number of calories I should eat. It matches the BMR less 10%, but is less than the TDEE – 1/7 number. I do think from anecdotal experience that eating over calories every so often does something positive in terms of losing, but I don’t have any science to back that up.

:) MsPea
over 6 years ago

I agree. In the past when I have been “eating clean” I always saved Sundays as a free for all with food. During the week, if I had a craving, I would either put it in my Sunday box, or put it on the list to have on Sunday. It never failed, I had a lot to choose from and a ton to eat! But, after a few weeks of that, I found the cravings easing and going away. Soon, I was eating about the same as any other day but still had a little extra for the sweet tooth! =)

:) TiaM
over 6 years ago

This was good information. Thanks for posting it. I saved fitnessfrog as a favorite web-site.

:) MsPea
over 6 years ago

It is a pretty cool site!

:) Kanrei
over 4 years ago

I don’t know how I can made meters to inches and feet. O_o I mean I can do either one of them, but it wants to use both.

over 6 years ago

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lemily33 has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 5 · 2,494 pts

Every time you eat or exercise, send a text to your email address with what you ate or how many calories you burned / what exercise you did. When you get to a real computer (not a smartphone), log everything. That way it doesn’t take so much time when you should be enjoying your food or your post-workout high!

over 6 years ago

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SamChase has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 2 · 932 pts

When you guys restrict calories, do you “use” the calories you burn in your workouts or do you pretend you didn’t burn any?

:) SusanT
over 6 years ago

I do both, at different times. If I am not hungry, I usually don’t make up the calories I burned exercising. If I am truly hungry, I will eat some of them back, but I rarely make up all of them.

:) SamChase
over 6 years ago

Thanks! I am going to try that. :P

:) Kanrei
over 4 years ago

Hmm, I still try to stay in the range I would, when have not exercises. But yeah, I would allow myself to eat more calories, when feeling hungry. Else it just sounds like an excuse for eating more calories, when one anyways should eat less and probably it is already difficult staying on that range, where one would loose weight.

:) Kanrei
over 4 years ago

Hmm, I still try to stay in the range I would, when have not exercises. But yeah, I would allow myself to eat more calories, when feeling hungry. Else it just sounds like an excuse for eating more calories, when one anyways should eat less and probably it is already difficult staying on that range, where one would loose weight.

over 6 years ago

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SusanT has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 2,265 pts

My fitness pal says I should make up the calories I burn exercising, so if I burn 150 calories, I should eat an extra 150 that day. One of my fitness pal pals says it is ok to leave off the 150, from a health standpoint, as long as I eat my daily goal. What say you?

:) Paula Gregovich
over 6 years ago

Just depends on if you are trying to loose weight, I guess! And how you feel. :-)

:) Kimberly W
over 6 years ago

I think it is okay to leave it off as long as you don’t feel weak/hungry/headachy, etc.

:) threlkelded
over 6 years ago

I think you should listen to your body! If you’re hungry, eat. If not, don’t. (Within reason, of course.)

:) MaryAnn
over 6 years ago

What they said.

over 6 years ago

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Bridget has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 9 · 2,794 pts

About the ubiquitous BMI.
A mathematicians opinion, “Do You Believe in Fairies, Unicorns, or the BMI?”.
http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_05_09.html

:) Gianna
almost 7 years ago

:) faries? maybe, unicorns? definitively! the bmi? not at all

:) Quinnie
almost 7 years ago

Fairies!!!! Love fairies.

almost 7 years ago

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lauren ipsum (librarina) has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 3 · 6,330 pts

I’m curious how those of you who track calories make it work out. I cook almost entirely from scratch — very few packaged foods — and I don’t really get how to make that work with a calorie tracking system. And if I’m not cooking, I’m eating out at local independent restaurants that aren’t in any of the databases and don’t publish nutritional information.
So … how do you do this?

:) ceramicblue
almost 7 years ago

I try to measure as much as possible, so last night, I made couscous and measured the grain, veggies and oil I used. Other than that, I think it’s guessing, especially at local restaurants, but at least when I’m counting I’m paying attention.
Maybe someone else will have a great solution – I’d love a more accurate one!

:) Mercredi
almost 7 years ago

so, for recipes that I cook regularly, I enter them in spark people (ingredient by ingredient), and then they’re there for future use.

Otherwise, I just use whatever shows up in the search, including user-entered foods, that seems closest. It’s pretty imprecise, but I think that it’s the only way that’s feasible for me. I could be wrong, but I think a lot of the value of food tracking is mindfulness about what you’re eating, and you get that benefit regardless of accuracy between the calorie value of the database version vs the one you ate in real life.

:) lauren ipsum (librarina)
almost 7 years ago

Jessica, I try measuring from time to time, but it never sticks. I also put stuff in sparkpeople occasionally but, like, sausage-potato-kale soup is never made the same way twice … and I also made the sausage from scratch, and the chicken stock.

Eating super-seasonally also makes it tedious, because it’s going to take me a full year to get my regular recipes input …

I can’t decide if I’m just making excuses, or if it really just doesn’t suit my lifestyle and I need to find another way to get at the same goal — which, you’re right, Mercredi, is probably more to do with mindfulness and paying attention than actual Counting Official Calories.

:) Saragghh
almost 7 years ago

I agree with Mercredi’s outlook re: mindfulness of what you’re eating. A lot depends on what you are tracking for, what time range is important and of course your personality type wrt the requirements of tracking. I also don’t eat a lot of packaged goods, and I have a pretty vegie-heavy diet. I track, not count. I know what my goals are in terms of nutrient composition and a calorie guidline and I know that my tracking is not 100% correct, but I’m okay with the margin of error it’s probably on. But, I had to get okay with it first off.

I agreed with myself that I could be a bit fast and loose on some of the inputs which don’t have a major impact on calorie or nutrition profile. For example, vegies fall into this a lot as I’m not low-carbing so it’s okay if I under or over-count the broccoli because it means I don’t have to adjust the tool, or it’s okay if i forgot the spinach. I eat a lot of vegies, I’m not concerned about hitting a ‘vegie’ number. I try to make the big ticket items (protein source, grains, fats and oils) as accurate as possible.

I will also use proxies for things I have made from scratch (e.g. stock) and be okay with the fact that the sodium is undoubtedly lower in the stock I made. Otherwise I will put recipes I make a lot in the tool, and consider it to be an average ‘cause I almost always cook by eye. I do all this because I know that if I feel like I have to have everything right everytime I’ll start getting super frustrated and run the risk of childishly abandoning the whole exercise. It would also negatively impact the enjoyment I get from cooking.

Eating out I take a look at what’s in the meal, make a calorie estimate on the ingredients (mentally, not adding stuff into the tool) and then add more calories as I’m sure there’s more delicous fat in it than I can recognise. I add it as a straight calorie item, with no nutrient breakdown and live with that absence. I don’t eat out a whole lot at the moment.

There are some people, however, who find a lot more comfort and value in tracking everything, and ensuring that there is a count that they’re keeping to. I can understand that entirely. I bet they’ll have some better hacks as well.

I use myfitnesspal. This is a long comment, sorry!

:) lauren ipsum (librarina)
almost 7 years ago

That is super useful, Saragghh, thanks.

about 7 years ago

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animzaki has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

watch n count your calories each n everyday ;)

about 7 years ago

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rowanfae has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,778 pts

For days (like Sundays) when I spend a good deal of time sitting peacefully, does anyone have ideas about low-calorie things that will nonetheless keep me feeling full all day?

about 7 years ago

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bloodybonnie has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 3,627 pts

For folks who are tracking calories – does your daily calorie allotment include only calories consumed, or is it net calories (factoring in calories burned)? I’m consistently under my net allotted calories, but usually over on my calories consumed. Is that OK?

:) sillymama
about 7 years ago

I only consider calories consumed. My goal is 1,500 per day, which is near the healthy minimum for my weight, etc. The last time I lost significant weight, with the help of a dietician and a personal trainer, it was suggested that I view the calories burned through a workout session as an extra boost.

I think the main thing is to ensure that you’re not feeling deprived on a calorie restriction diet. I waited too long before having some breakfast, and as a a result, am feeling pretty low right now. Just had a juice box to boost my sugar levels, but I won’t be making that mistake again.

:) alanbowman
about 7 years ago

The app I’m using (LoseIt) counts net calories. I assume that’s OK, since I seem to be losing weight using this method.

:) DevilsAdvocate
about 7 years ago

I track calories consumed only. I think either is OK, as long as you choose an appropriate target. I.e., your target number will be lower if you’re measuring net calories than it would be if you were counting calories consumed.

about 7 years ago

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DoRonRon has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,106 pts

Food Rule #6 of 10:
If it says lite, low-fat, or non-fat on the package, put it down. You’ll be more satisfied if you eat a little bit of the real thing.
from Michael Pollen’s book, ‘Food Rules’

:) EddFear
over 7 years ago

Amen!!!

:) Nicole Caron
over 7 years ago

Ab-so-lute-ly!

over 7 years ago

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SorrowLupe has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 5,681 pts

Instead of eating, have a mint or chew gum. I think the gum trick will help me a lot this month… buys the stores out of it :D

over 7 years ago

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agraulisvanillae has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 479 pts

Are there any tricks for calorie counting that doesn’t require carrying a pen, paper, etc. around? I haven’t yet learned to eyeball estimate correct portions.

over 7 years ago

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bgarbisch has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,237 pts

Use greek yogurt instead of sour cream… Can barely taste the difference and you get probiotic/calcium/protein benefit!

:) annalotze
over 7 years ago

that is an awesome tip!

over 7 years ago

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bgarbisch has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,237 pts

Use greek yogurt instead of sour cream… Can barely taste the difference and you get probiotic/calcium/protein benefit!

over 7 years ago

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lelakimuu has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 2,057 pts

do you know calories of 1 chicken wings is 14365 Kl, and exercise at the gym only burn 1000 kl

over 7 years ago

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kimkelly has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.empty.16 -9 · 1,114 pts

over 7 years ago

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greenmama has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 0 pts

не есть калорийные десерты

almost 8 years ago

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ShiuMaiBaby has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 13 · 2,343 pts

So: with the check-in feature, if I decide to check-in my weight, is that visible to everyone? Just members of the MF team? No one? Because while I am all for accountability and motivation, I’m not quite sure I’d like to publish that for all to see, but I would like to track it on here.

:) grobstein
almost 8 years ago

The way it works is, changes in your weight between check-ins are visible (to everyone I think). Your actual weight is visible to no one but you.

:) ShiuMaiBaby
almost 8 years ago

Oh that’s good! I can live with that. Thank you so much for the reply.

almost 8 years ago

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evansw has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 13 · 1,942 pts

How to reduce calorie intake? First: eat like a poor. Count all the savings you may have if you don’t order and eat certain food. Second: do more things that may burn calories. While you save by reducing food, you get healthier.

almost 8 years ago

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Bridget has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 11 · 3,075 pts

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/19/health/19brody.html
Still Counting Calories? Your Weight-Loss Plan May Be Outdated
By JANE E. BRODY Published: July 18, 2011
“The new research, by five nutrition and public health experts at Harvard University, is by far the most detailed long-term analysis of the factors that influence weight gain, involving 120,877 well-educated men and women who were healthy and not obese at the start of the study. In addition to diet, it has important things to say about exercise, sleep, television watching, smoking and alcohol intake.”

:) meiryrodriguez
almost 8 years ago

I saw this the other day as well. What I think is good about counting calories is not so much staying under X amount, but that the process forces you to think about your food, it’s ingredients & nutritional value.

:) Bridget
almost 8 years ago

There’s no arguing with strategies that work. I need to pay more attention to other things than just calories so this article is helpful for me.

:) healthyrach
almost 8 years ago

I’ve always been very skeptical of calorie counting and only see it valuable from the perspective of Mary’s point about awareness.

For the week I bothered to enter my food into the fitbit website, it was nice to see the balance of calories in vs. out. I think we could all use a big heaping dollop of common sense & self-compassion when it comes to this stuff.

almost 8 years ago

:)

shootingstar has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.full.16 10 · 39 pts

Quick question though: What do you do when you’re craving carby, cakey things. I try to eat fruit when I have a sweets craving, but sometimes it’s not just a desire for sweet, it’s mouthfeel and texture too. My cravings are stubborn, because they can last for weeks until I satisfy them. So what happens when you want a giant muffin? (Eat half or eat a small muffin doesn’t always tame it).

:) Paula Gregovich
about 8 years ago

I eat a fruit salad with banana, mango, and apple, with granola and a sew nuts and yogurt on top=it seems to help every time! Good luck!

about 8 years ago

:)

AndrzejKM has a tip for the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 7 · 1,939 pts

I am finding the “slow carb” breakfast has absolute nailed snack like sugar/carb cravings through the day and punched up my metabolism a notch.

I eat a protein rich breakfast normally of 3-6 egg whites, beans (black or low sodium sugar baked beans) and lots of vegetables (bright or green with my particular favorite of chopped spinach). Shockingly with masterful seasoning this can be delicious (i use a touch of mustard powder, tabasco, sea salt, olive oil, and fresh herbs like parsley or coriander)

I find that I never feel that I am “restricting calories” with this approach.

The rules are simply here and effective http://www.ehow.com/how_2243463_follow-slow-carb-diet.html

:) anniem
about 8 years ago

………and so returns the ‘eating something from every food group’ approach from my husband. I haven’t tasted it so I can’t comment on that but I can comment on the smell – not good!!!! However it makes my husband happy eating this way and plus, our children are too young to notice this slightly bizarre way of having breakfast:-)

:) kidandkitchen
about 8 years ago

What are you doing with all the edd yolks?

:) kidandkitchen
about 8 years ago

egg yolks

:) AndrzejKM
about 8 years ago

I buy cartons of egg whites. No yolks to yokel.

about 8 years ago

:)

chankidz has a question about the Eat fewer calories rule.

Heart.half.16 8 · 1,470 pts

don’t touch

about 8 years ago