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  • Most nutritional authorities are going to draw a distinction between added sugar and inherent sugar. MFP tracks all types in one total. It's added sugars that mainstream nutritional authorities suggest we limit. Yes, read labels. My ketchup has 1g sugar, zero added. (It's from the tomatoes.) My brand of marinara has 6g…
  • Broth (meat, veggie, miso, whatever), low-calorie soups. I like winter squash, keep a bunch of it in the freezer (that I froze in the Fall) and it's easy to microwave and eat some. (I like it with some white miso mixed in.) For high volume, microwaved frozen mixed veggies with a calorie-efficient tomato (marinara) sauce.…
  • You can do a quick add of the calories, if you don't care about nutrition. (I don't advocate not caring about nutrition.) You can add the total food (lasagna, or stew, or whatever) to "My Foods" in the web or app as one-line item.
    in Adding Comment by AnnPT77 September 26
  • Depends on how you define "in better shape", though. Muscle, maybe. Endurance, maybe not. CV, details matter. Plus you burn more calories per minute at high intensity, but high intensity is self-limiting in duration. It matters what the goals are. The only thing OP mentions is calorie burn. ETA more explanation, but I'll…
  • Frankly, I don't think you're going to get a big bunch of feedback here: You want to do an unusual thing, something most people don't have experience with. You want us to do the "figure it out" piece for you. On top of that, some of the things you ask about are very individual, such as which foods are filling. You can find…
  • Really, it doesn't matter. If you're in a calorie deficit overall, you'll burn fat sooner or later to make up that deficit. It doesn't matter if you burn it in the moment during exercise, or later while you're asleep, or anytime in between. The idea of doing more moderate workouts to improve conditioning and speed is kind…
  • @Jthanmyfitnesspal and @aCountryVegan are giving good advice about keeping it moderate for some time, especially at first, if you haven't been working out regularly CV-wise for a while. If maximum calorie burn is your goal (which IMO isn't a great goal 😆), for someone who's beginning or re-beginning workouts, that's most…
  • OK, I got whistled in, so I'm in! Unfortunately, because it's me, it's going to be an essay. TL;DR up front: With care and flexibility, you can work this out, IMO. Still, I'd encourage you not to make a purely-by-choice (non-medically dictated) major dietary change based on one source (or even a few) that are in the…
  • It'd be around a third of my daily calorie budget, just under a third of my protein goal, over half my fat goal, and it has some meaningful micros (potassium, iron, B6 . . . ). Yeah, I could fit that in a day once in a while, maybe even most days, but I'd probably want to include a big meal of veggies/fruit elsewhere in…
  • Afterthought: If alcohol consumption is something you want to manage better, there are a couple of threads here where people focus on that. One is more sobriety oriented, the other more moderating oriented. It's a thing to consider. https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10846412/sobriety-matters#latest…
  • Hi, @heather11tg - welcome to the MFP Community! I joined MFP at about your age (59), in menopause, at an obese bodyweight. I was able to lose weight without materially increasing my activity level, just by managing better on the eating side of things. While I'm lucky not to have all the physical challenges you face, I did…
  • Hi, and welcome @ggdemarqui! Just a thought: My experience has been that it's a good plan to put a priority on long term (ideally permanent) weight loss and fitness improvement, rather than going as fast as possible. The idea is that good long term outcomes come from experimenting, finding, practicing and grooving in…
  • Hello, and welcome, @rb_in_rb! Coincidentally, I started here at about the age you are now (59). Now 66, I definitely feel much better than I did then, and I'm stronger/fitter than I was in my mid-40s, even. If you commit yourself to a gradual, manageable, patient course of improvements in your eating and activity level,…
  • Hello, and welcome, @2czgnvzq79! I'm curious about your title line: Are you trying to reduce meat, or trying to become vegetarian/vegan, or . . . ? For sure, if the only goals are health-related, eliminating meat is fine, but isn't essential. I'm not saying this as a shill for Big Meat, but as someone who's been vegetarian…
  • Hello, @therealsuzanne, and welcome to MFP! I joined MFP when a few years older than you are now (59), and I'd been overweight to class 1 obese for around 30 years at least, and had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and quite routine discomfort/pain from osteoarthritis and a torn meniscus. Now, age 66, still…
  • @l99nsy, it absolutely can work, if you commit to use the tools consistently and patiently. Many people have used MFP to lose weight (or gain it, if that's what they needed), or to improve fitness. Logging food is a powerful tool, to dial in your calorie needs for your personal goals, and gradually improve your nutrition.…
    in Hello! Comment by AnnPT77 September 25
  • Hello, and welcome, @trishalala: Congratulations on your successful weight loss. I'm close in age (66), also maintaining weight now after loss back in 2015-16. I'm sorry to say that I'm kind of a sub-par MFP friend (more of a Community forum gal, I guess). For me, a couple of things help me with exercise consistency. For…
  • Hi, and welcome, @sandramarshall200: Congratulations on the excellent start! Seven pounds in 3 weeks is pretty fast. Maybe you already realize this, but it's normal for the first weeks to lose a little faster, especially if we're reducing carbs below our previous levels. (The body holds a little extra water to…
  • No kidding. Averaging over the past year, Garmin thinks I burned 1730 calories per day, all inclusive. Over the same time period, I've had my goal set at 1850 calories, plus eat back all exercise calories, so gross intake is only 1850 on my one weekly rest day, but more like 2100-2500 or so most days. Probably 2 to 4 times…
  • I'm so glad: Reading that warms my heart, sincerely. Thank *you*. Each of us needs to find our personal best path, and each path is unique (IMO). My desire is to help, however imperfectly I may be able, because better fitness and a healthy weight have been life-changing for me . . . both huge quality of life improvements.…
  • You might want to take a look around in the "Sleep, Mindfulness and Overall Wellness" part of the MFP Community. There's even a thread there about self-help resources for anxiety. Maybe you can get some ideas there?
  • It can't happen on MFP, in a practical sense. A strength of MFP is the huge food data base. It's huge because it's crowd sourced, i.e. entered by average MFP users. Anyone and everyone can enter foods. Even the most conscientious users can only enter the data they know, the data on the food label. Food labels aren't…
  • Hello, and welcome! s I'm 66, and have been here for a while, fortunate to lose weight from obese to a healthy weight, and have stayed in a healthy range for 6+ years since that initial loss. You're striving for a thing that had a huge payoff for me in quality of life, I have to say. Exercise is a great thing for health…
  • Hi, and welcome! This tends to be a very helpful Community, in general . . . but it helps us help you if you can post specific questions. Other than that, I think this post is the best single on-ramp to using MFP successfully, so maybe read it, if you haven't:…
  • Hello, and welcome! If you have any specific questions, don't hesitate to post them. I've found the Community here to be very motivated to help, even though opinions about the best route will differ. (IMO, that's a good thing - gives you lots of options to consider or try, see what works best for you.) Wishing you much…
  • @GilchristDean, maybe start your own post about this, since this otherwise very old (2011!?!) thread isn't very related? Stuff to include: How old is your dad? What are the issues for him, specifically? Are you a good example for him to emulate? I'd observe that for most of us, weight loss is more about eating than…
  • Hi, and welcome back: I hope this time is the charm! Since you imply you've been here before, do you have any advice from experience, either things that went haywire causing you to need to restart, or things that worked well for you permanently that you're hear to build more success upon? Thinking maybe your experience can…
  • Not hard to guess: Row day. Ski team out again, did the double upstream loop, for about 9k. In the quad, I was in 3 seat (behind - or is it ahead of? - stroke rower, who's in the stern). Chilly enough for pogies for the first time this Fall, today - 40sish F, to start. (Pogies = funny mitten-ish, cocoon-ish thingies that…
  • It may not work for you, but when I eat pasta, I'm likely to add massive veggies. I'm for sure a volume eater, and veggies are a big chunk of volume for me. Normal would be around a pound, 450g or so, of veggies in a pasta combo. That's a big dish full'o'stuff. Consider your options. My normal daily goal is 800g (around…
  • If you aren't already, log the cheat days, even if you have to estimate. We don't want to see you come back confused, asking "why am I not losing?". It might work out just fine, your cheat days. But if you log them, you'll know the impact. Also, get the food weigh thingie. They're inexpensive, less than the price of a…
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