How do you eat what you want and lose weight??



  • megsmom2
    megsmom2 Posts: 2,362 Member
    If you like yogurt. Some of your calorie items seem a bit off to me. (1/2 a Pb& j is 90? Not in my world....) If I were you Id go for more veggies and whole grains...they have the bulk you seem to want. Log your intake carefully and find interesting alternatives. But it still comes down to what you're willing to if you like yogurt, eat yogurt.
  • wilsoje74
    wilsoje74 Posts: 1,720 Member
    If you like yogurt. Some of your calorie items seem a bit off to me. (1/2 a Pb& j is 90? Not in my world....) If I were you Id go for more veggies and whole grains...they have the bulk you seem to want. Log your intake carefully and find interesting alternatives. But it still comes down to what you're willing to if you like yogurt, eat yogurt.

    Just the pb would be 90!!
  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,268 Member
    OP you and I eat about the same amount of calories and manage my treats every day.

    I even eat 2 yogurt...

    Check my diary if you want...

    I average between 1600-1700 calories a day.
  • sodakat
    sodakat Posts: 1,126 Member
    I've found that I want something like chips now and then. Well, I don't want to devote too many calories to this non-essential item and I don't want to eat too much of it. I bought some generic Flaming Cheetos and they are sooooo hot I can only eat a few. I weighed out 1/2 serving and it is quite a few! So when I want something along the line of chips, I have 1/2 serving of the hot suckers. It takes me quite a while to eat them too.

    For me, being able to do something like this is what makes counting calories doable. I don't really have to give up anything completely.
  • Kenazwa
    Kenazwa Posts: 278 Member
    It can be a tough distinction to make. I understand that I can eat ANYthing I want as long as I stay within my calorie budget. What I want is to be able to eat EVERYthing I want. Not possible.
  • zyxst
    zyxst Posts: 9,134 Member
    Turf the Nature Valley Granola bar - unless you really love them - there are so many better things to eat with those calories...

    Like cookies and chocolate.

    I make things fit. Like others said, you gotta think and plan your day if you want a specific food. It peeves me off a bit, having to choose to not have certain foods if I want another food that day.
  • BigVeggieDream
    BigVeggieDream Posts: 1,101 Member
    This may or may not work for everyone, but I allow myself 1 or 2 treats a week and I continue to lose weight. Just the other week, it was my eldest son's birthday, so i let myself have a small piece of cake and a small amount of ice cream. It was good, but because I had been eating healthy filling foods the rest of the day, I felt satisfied. I went 300 calories over that day, but for the week I was right on target and lost weight that week.
  • wheird
    wheird Posts: 7,963 Member
    I am deliberate about what I eat.
  • elisa123gal
    elisa123gal Posts: 4,281 Member
    mmm don't forget exercise calories. I work out when I want to eat a burger or eat pizza…and that is what really works. I have also found that trying to eat cream..all that all the time make is painful to diet.

    I find eating clean is actually easier. I used to count out baked chips..all of that… it was harder than just saying I'll have one complex carb a day and eat lean meats and vegetables and call it a day.
  • FoxyLifter
    FoxyLifter Posts: 965 Member

    I spend 80% of my calories trying to hit my macros and micros. The other 20% is spent on treats. Tonight is Godiva truffles.

    That being said, over the years, I have paid attention to my taste bud. Yes, these raw carrots are good for me (full of potassium), but I can't stand to eat them so I look for other sources that please my tongue. Bananas, dried apricots, coffee and kale are foods/drinks that I find tasty and can easily keep on my menu week after week, month after month.
  • FitnessLover001
    FitnessLover001 Posts: 188 Member
    It's all about moderation! If you deprive yourself from foods you enjoy, you'll just end up binging later. If you want something, get it, but make healthy choices about it. If you want to lose inches, yes dieting and clean eating will help, but so does weight lifting and cardio. Be sure to have a balanced routine though with your eating habits, weight training and cardio and rest, and you should be fine on the losing inches. :)
  • jenilla1
    jenilla1 Posts: 11,118 Member
    I eat what I want - I just don't eat a crap ton of it. I'm in maintenance, though, so I have more calories to blow than I would if I were losing. Good thing for me that I enjoy fresh, home cooked food with lots of nutritious, flavorful ingredients! :drinker:
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,372 Member
    Easy. I exercise more so I can eat more, and I can fit pretty much everything I want in my calories (ok not today, but I didn't really try). I've never eaten under 1600 calories. Typically I can have a 300 calorie breakfast, 400 calorie lunch, 400 calorie dinner, and still have 500 calories for whatever I like. Or I make it a 250 calorie dinner (easy) and then I have 650 extra calories. Of course now my goal is back to 1700 so it's easier, but at 1600 I still had whatever I wanted really.

    The key is to eat a lot of filling foods. I eat a lot of chicken breasts, eggs, egg whites, Greek yogurt (better than regular yogurt because it has more protein, by the way).
  • Apple31415
    Apple31415 Posts: 98 Member
    I'm with you on the quantity thing...I've always overeaten and don't feel full until THE WHOLE THING is gone, whatever it is. I've noticed two things since being on MFP and paying attention to quantitiy: 1. Hitting the 8-10 cups of water is essential in keeping me satiated and 2. If i take a break before i'm done with a meal, I'll often realize that i'm actually full and don't have to finish THE WHOLE THING...Plus the cardio each day gives me plenty of "buffer" calories to stay below my goal...hope that helps a little?
  • I eat practically at maintenance when I'm losing and I'm at maintenance now so I probably have more wiggle room. Today I had only 200 calories of rocky road frozen yogurt and 200 calories of chocolate. Some days I eat too many potato chips or red wine which interferes with my protein macro, so I try to keep those things down MOST of the time (ie no potato chips for me at least six days a week because I like to binge on them). I know of other people who do extra cardio to make up for over eating. I just skip dinner if I have no more calories left. We all come up with different ways to stay close to TDEE.

    Also, when I was losing I sometimes averaged my TDEE for the whole week! No big deal!! It just meant that although I wasn't losing that week, I wasn't gaining either!!:)
  • crose0056
    crose0056 Posts: 105 Member
    you need to budget your food just like you would do money.
  • ChrysalisCove
    ChrysalisCove Posts: 975 Member
    I only have "splurge" items at night, usually after my toddler has gone to bed. If I have cals left over, I get a treat. If I don't, I don't! The only exception to this is that I do allow myself a single can of soda most days. I just budget around it. It is my vice, but for me it's worth it!
  • Graelwyn75
    Graelwyn75 Posts: 4,404 Member
    You can either choose to have a small 200 calories or less treat daily, a few higher calorie treats weekly, or a treat meal once a week where you eat at maintenance for the day. A lot of trainers seem to subscribe to the cheat meal and so do a lot of the successful people on this site, personally, I have a few squares of darker chocolate each day and then allow a few treats on Saturdays.
  • sunfastrose
    sunfastrose Posts: 543 Member
    I know everybody is talking about the yogurt, sorry to be another. Are you sure you are eating 4 cups at night? That's a very large volume of yogurt! How about cutting that amount in half, and substituting in air popped popcorn? Drizzle it with olive oil and/or butter.
  • lavender_fairie
    lavender_fairie Posts: 76 Member
    I have never been a veggie eater, but I promised myself that i would branch out bc ppl kept posting about "bulk." Now I know what they r talking about! I had so much roasted asparagus the other day I was uncomfortably full for the first time in my journey on mfp. I had to go take a nap..If you want to feel full, keep looking around at veggies- they will make you feel full and they r so low-cal u can eat a ton of them. I had to push my turkey sandwich away without a bite tonight bc i had too many roasted Brussels, and I wanted that sandwich, had cals for it/ just was too full. It's a glorious feeling. Beans can do this too- I love green beans. If only I could like fish, I could eat alllll the dessert.

    For the past two days I've known I was going to an Italian place (pizza, calzones) for lunch today. I skimped a few hundred cals yesterday and the day before to give me room. Also worked out yesterday and saved the cals instead of eating them. I went to lunch today and had 2 small slices of pizza and still have room left over in my budget tonight; I didn't even touch my "saved" cals from the last 2 days. So now I'm wondering if I should steal my kid's Cadbury egg or eat a candy bar. This is a good problem to have. :)

    I'm telling you, veggies r key. Look on the recipe forums; I've gotten some great ideas there. I also google veggie recipes to make them taste better and I'm heavy on seasoning like lemon pepper (but I use spray Pam or 0 cal spray Olive oil to make it stick). When most of your plate is green, u do NOT feel hungry AND you have plenty of wiggle room for all kinds of yummies. My cals r set to 1410/day. When I increase to a half-a-pound/week, then maintenance, I expect to have this thing down. And that's how I know it's a lifestyle change. I eat the things I've always loved, just have larger portions of green with them.

    And as Pp said, drink alllll the water, even if u flavor it a little. I'm rarely hungry these days, but I'm *always* thirsty. It's hard to imagine myself eating like I used to. I'm full of water and veggies all the time.