Caroline_slowandsteady wrote: »
Hi! I'm going to start off the discussion with a question. This is my second month doing the UAC, and I have learned so much. My question is to those of you who are experts at this - how do you track restaurant food? Or do you just not eat out? My method had been that if I ate out, I just didn't track that day because I couldn't track perfectly and so I just gave up. We get takeout about once a week - takeout Friday. Last month I saw (thanks to the wisdom of this group) that really wasn't serving me. But I still struggle with letting the perfect be the enemy of the good, maybe. We generally get from restaurants that do not post nutrition info, and have pretty creative and unusual food that isn't a good match to what is in the database. Any tips?
My favorite restaurant just announced they are closing in 2 weeks (so sad!) so I have a feeling there will be more takeout on my menu for the next 2 weeks. They are one that usually has not resulted in weight gain if I eat their food moderately, so that's good, but the question is how to track it? I had 9 pass days last month, all because of this restaurant food problem, and I'd really like to have fewer this month.
bradkcrew wrote: »
@WhatMeRunning @jamcnewman @MadisonMolly2017 @caroline_slowly @ashleycarole86 @ideas2 @kcjen
Thanks to everyone for weighing in (unintentional pun!). The common theme seems to be that everyone is focused on getting to/staying at a "healthy" weight with BMI as a starting point.
My primary motivation this time around is also health. I don't have any health issues, and I want to keep it that way.
As of my last weigh-in my BMI was 20.6 (5'4"-120), but still, I have plenty of excess body fat so evidently I can be at the lower end of the BMI scale.
My Dr.'s advice is that it isn't necessary to be thin, just not obese so that isn't particularly helpful.
Anyway, I am assessing where I'm at and how I want to proceed. I have upped my calories 200/day over the past few weeks. I think my fear is losing control and gaining weight back if I let off the gas....
MadisonMolly2017 wrote: »
@bradcrew a totally understandable fear, one I certainly had until I “woke up” a couple of years into maintenance & realized I actually preferred not to be overfill, that I did/do get hunger signals now, that this wasn’t some fluke…
Be patient with yourself. Use your tracking data (monthly) to guide you, catch things that begin to creep…
It’s tough in the beginning because you don’t know your maintenance calories (they often increase slightly over time) my personal theory is our body says “wow, I’m out of starvation, I can move more now!” Which leads to a higher TDEE.
But the reason I keep tracking daily is the yearly averages & patterns make the whole journey less stressful.
KCJen wrote: »
@MadisonMolly2017 "Reduce your stress, indecision…this is a journey, stay roughly on the path, slowly but surely, you will figure out how to tinker with your plan. AND it gets easier." and "Pick a number. Stick to it. Adjust in a week, if necessary."
This is so helpful to me! I have been trying to decide what should be the calories that I set as my goal. I have been feeling overwhelmed with too many options/choices. It is kinda like being in the toothpaste aisle at Walmart. Ugh.
I am going to have a range for calories this time, instead of 1200. My range is 1300 to 1500 - closer to the 1500 range on days I am on the treadmill- and a net goal of 1200 in case I would need to "eat back" a few exercise calories.
I just want to say I am thankful for everyone in UAC. This group is very helpful and encouraging!
bradkcrew wrote: »
@MadisonMolly2017 Thank you!
I have decided to keep it simple for awhile and just continue with the same way I have been eating. I continually lose weight, I am rarely hungry, and I have not had a craving or veered off course once in over 6 months. Clearly the number of calories, (although too low according to popular opinion) is sufficient or I would not be building muscle and endurance at the level I have, nor would it have been sustainable for so many months.
However, I reserve the right to change my mind tomorrow!!
bradkcrew wrote: »
@MadisonMolly2017 The lack of hunger and cravings is one of the reasons I am fearful of not sticking with my current plan.
I don't understand the science behind it, but maybe someone else does and will chime in. When I am eating indiscriminately I am hungry ALL of the time. I would describe my current diet as basically whole foods, with most calories coming from vegetables. Once I got myself "detoxed" ( and this has been true with previous weight loss as well), within the first week the hunger and cravings were gone and it has held true for over 6 months. I mean sure, occasionally I feel a little hungry, but that hunger can be satisfied with the foods/calories allotted. I can count on one hand the number of times I have hit my calorie goal and wanted something more to eat. I could have easily satisfied the hunger with 100-150 calorie fruit, etc., but chose not to for my UAC streak.
So...that is why when people say no foods should be off limits, that doesn't work for me. I know what happens with me if I have that one piece of pizza, or that one cookie, or even portion out 100 calories of crackers. I can't just go out to dinner and have one cheat meal and get right back to it the next morning. Everything goes to $%#^ and I am out of control again.
The most difficult part is not following the eating plan, but the social aspect. Everything revolves around food and drink, and people see how thin I appear and don't understand why I always say, "no, I can't taste that, I can't just have a couple cocktails, I can't come to your house for lasagna, I can't go out for Mexican food, I can't go to the wine tasting, no I don't want to go out to eat or have a cake for my birthday, etc."
So in summary, for me food is not just a psychological addition, but there is some sort of physical addiction at play as well, and that is why I have always failed to maintain my weight loss and am so afraid it is going to happen again if I crack open the door.
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