Too far under calorie intake

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I am trying to go lower carb. I at at the end of my eating day and only logging 805 calories.

Totals 805 66 24 32 6 873
Your Daily Goal 1,418 89 47 160 25 2,300
Remaining 613 23 23 128 19 1,427
Calories Carbs Fat Protein Fiber Sodium

I had my calorie goal set to 1200. I walked for 40 minutes with the dogs on leash. They keep me moving right along. Did not bother to log house work and what not.

Do I just bump it up with some peanut butter? I do not want to under eat to the point I am starving my body. I do not want any more carbs.
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  • shadesofidaho
    shadesofidaho Posts: 485 Member
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    Forgot to any thanks for any help.
  • ana3067
    ana3067 Posts: 5,623 Member
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    Is there a medical purpose for lowering your carbs? Peanut butter contains carbohydrates.

    just eat anything, honestly. Fruit, yogurt, chicken, donuts, chocolate, doesn't matter. Caloric deficit will allow you to lose weight, you don't need to be concerned with meeting a maximum intake for specific macronutrients unless you have a specific reason for eating x amount or y macro (e.g. I eat 145g protein because I am working on maintaining my muscle mass as much as possible)
  • sun_fish
    sun_fish Posts: 864 Member
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    More protein and fat will get you there, you are very low on both.
  • simplydelish2
    simplydelish2 Posts: 726 Member
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    Your protein is really low at 32 and 800 calories is far too low. I'd eat some protein and bump my calories at least 200-300 calories.
  • concordancia
    concordancia Posts: 5,320 Member
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    Wow, how did you eat that little with custard and potatoes and still feel full?!

    Yes, eat the Peanut Butter!! Two servings, even.
  • shadesofidaho
    shadesofidaho Posts: 485 Member
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    Thanks. Sorry I drifted off to do evening chores. I am trying to lower my carbs because reduced fat and reduced calories do not work for me. Been doing that for years.Still gaining. Maybe a couple scrambled eggs. I am a little bit hungry now but was not at all after eating my dinner. We are kind of low on good groceries for me right now because we have not been grocery shopping in over 2 weeks. Tomorrow is the day and I will make a list of goodies for me.

    I have been working a different direction for my hubby that has to maintain his weight. He has had pancreas cancer and all through his chemo and surgery it was eat anything to fatten him up. Well it worked really well on me :'( even though I tried to be some what careful of what I ate. So for now he is as well as he can be as far as we know. Next scan Friday. But he can eat fairly normal now.

    I made the custard reduced sugar. And as I understand it low carbs is not no carbs. Might have over done it today. I just needed that potato. sigh. This is all so frustrating. And yes I do have a bit of problem being hypothyroid and on meds for that.

    Thanks again. I will go do two more eggs and call it good.

    chris
  • RodaRose
    RodaRose Posts: 9,562 Member
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    When you decrease carbs, you have to add something else like protein and fats and oils.
    Suggestions for oils include butter, olive oil, full fat yogurt and milk, nuts, chia seeds.
  • shadesofidaho
    shadesofidaho Posts: 485 Member
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    I did 2 soft boiled eggs with a bit of butter. I skipped the peanut butter. It is just not appealing to me now. Wrote it down so I could get past today on the Foods.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I will give it a try tomorrow. Looked out and it is snowing hard. Grocery run might be put off. :(
  • bulbadoof
    bulbadoof Posts: 1,058 Member
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    I recommend steak.
  • Sued0nim
    Sued0nim Posts: 17,456 Member
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    be careful of the MFP set exercise calories - half them

    that said - yes eat more, you really want to fuel your body properly and not risk losing more LBM than you need to on a weight-loss journey
  • TavistockToad
    TavistockToad Posts: 35,719 Member
    edited November 2014
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    If you're doing low carb then you definitely need more fat and protein... nuts, seeds, nut butters, full fat dairy, more calorific meat like lamb or beef not chicken, salmon, olive oil, avocado
  • shadesofidaho
    shadesofidaho Posts: 485 Member
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    Making a list for the grocery store. I think I need to lower the carbs even further. I was reading under 50 is good and under 20 is better. Thank you for the help. Chris
  • acorsaut89
    acorsaut89 Posts: 1,147 Member
    edited November 2014
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    I know you mentioned you have thyroid issues - which I don't have and I'm not a doctor - but what if you just ate in moderation? If you're going to be exercising on very little carbs I would be careful - your body does have energy and fat stores but eventually they will need to be replaced.

    I have lost about 70lbs on a moderation diet - I don't cut anything out but eat moderately and responsibly. I have also sat with a nutritionist who specializes in designing food programs for those with a lot of weight to lose (which is myself) and she doesn't recommend cutting anything unless it makes me sick or upsets my stomach or causes a flare up with IBS (which I have). So what if you didn't cut carbs, but just ate moderate amounts of them?

    Also, in looking at your diary you do eat a lot of items with high carb content. There are carbs in things other than just the traditional starchy carbs (potatoes, bread, etc). So I would cut out the campbells soups - which are high in both carbs and sodium if you really want to cut carbs.
    Further - how tall are you? I know you said you don't lose weight easily, and I get that so you don't want to eat too many calories but you said a reduced caloric diet does not work for you, however 1,200 calories is a pretty reduced diet for the majority of people.

    Yo yo dieting has proven to have negative effects in the long run on your metabolism and holding steady weight loss.

    Just some food for thought
  • tulips_and_tea
    tulips_and_tea Posts: 5,715 Member
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    If low carb works for you, then stick with it, but yes, definitely add in some healthy fats and more protein. It takes a little while to figure out what foods will work for you, so just give it time and adjust as necessary. Good luck and I hope your husband's test next Friday is good news!
  • sun_fish
    sun_fish Posts: 864 Member
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    Making a list for the grocery store. I think I need to lower the carbs even further. I was reading under 50 is good and under 20 is better. Thank you for the help. Chris

    Rather than lower carbs that low, what about taking a look at your tracking accuracy? You mention in your original post that reduced calories don't work, however, it is very common to underestimate calories and overestimate exercise. You may want to weigh and measure everything for about 2-4 weeks, then reassess.
  • TheVirgoddess
    TheVirgoddess Posts: 4,535 Member
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    You lowered your carbs because calorie counting wasn't working.

    How did you count your calories? Did you weigh/measure/log all your food? If not, I would try that before cutting carbs. I have a metabolic disorder, so I *need* to watch my carbs, and my personal goal is 50 carbs a meal (150 a day).

    Next, 800 calories isn't enough, by a long shot. I think you already know that, though.
  • jgnatca
    jgnatca Posts: 14,464 Member
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    If budget is an issue, consider dried beans, chickpeas, and lentils. I love edamame too, a little more expensive, in the freezer aisle. Eggs are a wonderful package of goodness.
  • 999tigger
    999tigger Posts: 5,235 Member
    edited November 2014
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    sun_fish wrote: »
    Making a list for the grocery store. I think I need to lower the carbs even further. I was reading under 50 is good and under 20 is better. Thank you for the help. Chris

    Rather than lower carbs that low, what about taking a look at your tracking accuracy? You mention in your original post that reduced calories don't work, however, it is very common to underestimate calories and overestimate exercise. You may want to weigh and measure everything for about 2-4 weeks, then reassess.

    +1 to this and virgins post below. Check your calorie counting and get it as accurate as reasonable to elimintae the possibility that its nothing to do with your macros and everything to do with eating at a deficit or not.

    Then +1 to anas post. Try it but dont worry. Deficit comes first imo.
  • shadesofidaho
    shadesofidaho Posts: 485 Member
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    YES I always weigh measure my foods. I have been dieting for 55 years or more. Honestly. Only one time in my life I was super thin and doctor said it was because my thyroid was ,in his words, shorting out. Then it quit me. If I eat more than 1200 calories EVER I gain weight. I know all about calories fat exercise. I wear w pedometer. I also measured with the car the mileage I am walking. I have two exuberant 40 pound border collies pulling me along too. I have spoken to the nitritionist. We are good buddies because of the care and food tracking I had to do for my hubbie. Oh and I did not really count in the exercise. I just added it for my one knowledge that I did it that day.

    My normal not dieting food intake is 1000 to some times 1300 calories a day. If you go way back on my days here you can see I was trying lower fat and eating everything. It did not work. I lost about 12 pounds and gained half of it right back not changing a thing. The weight loss was water weight because the doc put me on diuretics because of edema.

    The only think that worked for me was lower carbs. YES I did do soup the other day because we came home late from getting my husbands tooth pulled and I needed to get food into both of us in a hurry. AND I did not ever start the lower carb until Sunday. Yes I went over yesterday I had nothing else in the house as far as veggies to eat beside the potto last night. I HAVE to eat and I could hardly face another egg.

    Grocery shopping planned on Friday was put off because of hubbies tooth pulling and we are too far from the store to just drop in. Today we are heading down the mountain to get groceries and the car serviced. money is not that much of an issue I just had unexpected delays to get groceries. And I had not decided to go low carb until last Sunday. Or maybe it was Monday. I am trying to remember everything and take care of everything and I do not try to remember anything that is not important.

    OK I am down the road. Hubby is getting the car.

    Thanks again Chris
  • esjones12
    esjones12 Posts: 1,363 Member
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    Did your doctor or nutritionist tell you to try lowering your carbs? If not - I would talk to them and follow their advice over those on the internet. It sounds like you have some health issues along with a ton of stress. If you are not not in medical need to lose a few pounds immediately, you may want to focus on your hubby getting healthy while just maintaining instead of focusing on losing. In my experience, a stressed body can refuse to lose weight. Though I do know some people who shred pounds when stressed.

    Just my opinion. Best of luck to you and your hubby.