How much food is enough???

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how much food should you be eating to lose weight and what is the right and wrong foods to eat???
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  • BekahC1980
    BekahC1980 Posts: 474 Member
    edited September 2015
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    Well just stick to a calorie goal and you can eat anything as long as it fits in your calories and macros. I've lost 17 lbs this way

    Eta: can't expect overnight loss either. Its take me 3 months to lose it at 1 pound a week average.
  • elphie754
    elphie754 Posts: 7,574 Member
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    Why so many boards in such a short time?
  • queenliz99
    queenliz99 Posts: 15,317 Member
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    Eat whatever you like, eat less of it and add exercise for health and well being. Lift heavy for you!!

    http://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10084670/it-is-unlikely-that-you-will-lose-weight-consistently-i-e-weight-loss-is-not-linear/p1

    best wishes!!
  • Ladybug_1794
    Ladybug_1794 Posts: 94 Member
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    elphie754 wrote: »
    Why so many boards in such a short time?

    It's because I'm not losing any weight with anything I try. I'm eating healthy and exercising and nothing is helping I've been using this app for about 5months now. I really just want to see what others are doing to help them lose weight and keep it off.
  • BekahC1980
    BekahC1980 Posts: 474 Member
    edited September 2015
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    You can be eating healthy but unless you are in a defecit you will not lose weight

    Eta unless you have medical condition that makes it more difficult
  • cwolfman13
    cwolfman13 Posts: 41,867 Member
    edited September 2015
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    if you plug your stats and whatnot into this calculator, it will calculate this for you...that's kind of what this tool does.

    eating "healthy" doesn't necessarily mean you are in an energy deficit...that is what is needed to lose weight. I eat very healthfully and I've gained weight doing so...eating healthfully is beneficial from a nutrient standpoint and it can be easier to control calories...but it doesn't guarantee anything in RE to weight loss.
  • Ladybug_1794
    Ladybug_1794 Posts: 94 Member
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    I'm not sure if I do or not. When I first started I lost 4lbs in just a week but gained it all back and haven't lost anything again
  • diannethegeek
    diannethegeek Posts: 14,776 Member
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    how much food should you be eating to lose weight and what is the right and wrong foods to eat???

    Eat foods that you like in portion sizes that fit in your goals.

    Get plenty of fat, fiber, and protein to help with hunger and health.

    Eat plenty of fruits and veggies for the micronutrients.

    Fill in the rest with sweets and treats if you want them.

    I know that's probably not the answer you wanted, but food choices and meal planning are so personal depending on your goals, needs, and preferences. We don't have your stats or really any information to work with. I lose about a pound a week on 1700 calories, but I have no way of knowing if that's anywhere near the right calorie goal for you.

    More specific answers will require more specific information.
  • diannethegeek
    diannethegeek Posts: 14,776 Member
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    elphie754 wrote: »
    Why so many boards in such a short time?

    It's because I'm not losing any weight with anything I try. I'm eating healthy and exercising and nothing is helping I've been using this app for about 5months now. I really just want to see what others are doing to help them lose weight and keep it off.

    If it's been 5 months of consistently tracking your food with no loss then something is definitely wrong. Would you be comfortable opening your diary? Have you had a checkup with your doctor?
  • 999tigger
    999tigger Posts: 5,235 Member
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    elphie754 wrote: »
    Why so many boards in such a short time?

    It's because I'm not losing any weight with anything I try. I'm eating healthy and exercising and nothing is helping I've been using this app for about 5months now. I really just want to see what others are doing to help them lose weight and keep it off.

    If you arent losing its becayse you arent at a consistent deficit over time or rather you are eating more than you think , burning less or have settoo high a calorie target.

    You first task is to weight with a scale all your food and then log it all. You will lose weight if you have entered your details into MFP so that you are at the desired deficit.
  • shadow2soul
    shadow2soul Posts: 7,692 Member
    edited September 2015
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    There is no right or wrong foods.

    How much will vary from person to person. Things like personal stats (height, weight, gender, age, etc), exercise, and daily activity all effect how much you can eat. As a general guideline though, women should not go below 1200 and men should not go below 1500. This is to insure adequate nutrition. It's really hard to get adequate macro/micro nutrients once below 1200 and if you get low enough it becomes impossible.

    As an example:
    5'4.5"
    CW trend: 128 lbs
    CW scale reading this morning: 126.9 lbs
    Recent low: 126 lbs

    Trend rate of loss according to trend weight: 1.5 lbs
    Average intake for the past 30 Days: 2335
    ^My weight loss rate increased after I got bronchitis at the beginning of the month. I haven't gone to the gym all during this time. Before when I was going to the gym, I was losing 0.5lbs - 0 lbs per week. So I'm not sure what exactly is going on. Possibly a combination of water weight coming off and maybe I've overestimated my intake a bit. *shrug*
    Typically keep my intake is in the range of 1800-2000 calories for weight loss. Sometimes more, sometimes less. When I was heavier, this resulted in a loss of 2lbs per week on average. Now that I'm close to my goal, this same range is resulting in a little over 1 lb per week - 0.5 lbs per week on average typically (as I said above, I'm not sure what's going on this past month).
  • hamelle2
    hamelle2 Posts: 297 Member
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    Hi Ladybug.
    How many calories do you eat each day?
  • MommyL2015
    MommyL2015 Posts: 1,411 Member
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    The foods you eat don't matter for weight loss, the only thing that matters is how much. I find it extremely helpful to weigh out my foods and I measure and log everything, including condiments,oils and spreads.

    You really need to just put your stats in the app to find out what your minimum calorie allowance is for the rate of loss you want, and stay below that number. If you exercise, try eating back about half of those calories at first and adjust from there.

    Ultimately, what you need is a caloric deficit. How you get there will depend on you, the kinds of foods you like and any health issues you may have.
  • shadow2soul
    shadow2soul Posts: 7,692 Member
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    I'm not sure if I do or not. When I first started I lost 4lbs in just a week but gained it all back and haven't lost anything again

    Do you weigh your food with a scale?
    Do you eat back exercise calories?
    Do you use entries that start with "Generic - " or " Homemade -" (example: Homemade - Tuna Salad)?
    Do you log your drinks?
    Do you have cheat meals/days?
    Do you log your cheat meals/days?
    Do you log everyday or are there missing days in your log?
    Have you been checked for hypothyroidism or PCOS?
  • cnbbnc
    cnbbnc Posts: 1,267 Member
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    It's because I'm not losing any weight with anything I try. I'm eating healthy and exercising and nothing is helping I've been using this app for about 5months now. I really just want to see what others are doing to help them lose weight and keep it off.

    I made my own post 3wks ago saying the very same thing. Just as everyone replied to me....i was eating right and exercising but I was overeating (not in a deficit) because I wasn't weighing my food properly. Once I bought a gram scale, I started losing weight.

    Weighing your food and tracking calories the right way are key. Choice of foods and workouts is secondary.
  • Ladybug_1794
    Ladybug_1794 Posts: 94 Member
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    My calorie goal is 12-1400 I believe. I think I'm eating to much sweets
  • arditarose
    arditarose Posts: 15,573 Member
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    cnbbnc wrote: »
    It's because I'm not losing any weight with anything I try. I'm eating healthy and exercising and nothing is helping I've been using this app for about 5months now. I really just want to see what others are doing to help them lose weight and keep it off.

    I made my own post 3wks ago saying the very same thing. Just as everyone replied to me....i was eating right and exercising but I was overeating (not in a deficit) because I wasn't weighing my food properly. Once I bought a gram scale, I started losing weight.

    Weighing your food and tracking calories the right way are key. Choice of foods and workouts is secondary.

    Hey! I remember your thread. Glad to see you started losing again :)
  • shadow2soul
    shadow2soul Posts: 7,692 Member
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    My calorie goal is 12-1400 I believe. I think I'm eating to much sweets

    Only if they take you over your calorie goal. As long as you are in a deficit (even if you only ate sweets....although it wouldn't be healthy) you would lose weight. If you are not losing weight:
    I'm not sure if I do or not. When I first started I lost 4lbs in just a week but gained it all back and haven't lost anything again

    Do you weigh your food with a scale?
    Do you eat back exercise calories?
    Do you use entries that start with "Generic - " or " Homemade -" (example: Homemade - Tuna Salad)?
    Do you log your drinks?
    Do you have cheat meals/days?
    Do you log your cheat meals/days?
    Do you log everyday or are there missing days in your log?
    Have you been checked for hypothyroidism or PCOS?

  • WinoGelato
    WinoGelato Posts: 13,454 Member
    edited September 2015
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    cnbbnc wrote: »
    It's because I'm not losing any weight with anything I try. I'm eating healthy and exercising and nothing is helping I've been using this app for about 5months now. I really just want to see what others are doing to help them lose weight and keep it off.

    I made my own post 3wks ago saying the very same thing. Just as everyone replied to me....i was eating right and exercising but I was overeating (not in a deficit) because I wasn't weighing my food properly. Once I bought a gram scale, I started losing weight.

    Weighing your food and tracking calories the right way are key. Choice of foods and workouts is secondary.

    This is great! I wish more people came back and updated everyone on if the advice worked. If you haven't already, you should post that in your original thread so the people who tried to help see what happened.


  • Ladybug_1794
    Ladybug_1794 Posts: 94 Member
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    Ok I'm just wanting to lose weight so bad. My diary is open for everyone to see now. I'm going to try very hard to eat my goal calories and not go over. I don't have a scale to measure my food exact but I do use a measuring cup. I think I need to cut back my sugars and pastas. I just need a list of healthy food to eat and how to prepare them so anyone please feel free to message me and add me to help me out. I'm very unhappy with my weight and look