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Critique my daily food

Discussion in 'Nutrition' started by Barbiaux, Mar 17, 2017.

  1. Barbiaux

    Barbiaux New Member

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    I have been on my diet since Jan 8th. We have been doing weight watchers (the old program). I have lost 30 pounds in a little over 8 weeks so I am pleased with my results so far. However, as I become addicted to losing weight I am trying to really tweak my intake. At the beginning my wife and I made a pact to give up pop cold turkey as that was a major downfall for us. Other than that it was portion control but we would still have a big mac or fries as long as it was within our points. Maybe I should just continue on that path but I figure as I continue to lose it will be tougher to make choices like that so this week I have completely changed what I eat. I am listing my daily menu below. Please feel free to tell me what I may need to change.

    According to my math my BMR with a 1.2 multiplier (I have a desk job) is 2883.60

    Breakfast:
    1 cup of strawberries and blackberries (50 calories)
    16oz black coffee

    Morning snack:
    1 cup of celery (20 calories)
    8 oz of water

    Lunch:
    Peanut butter (Jif creamy, 2tbls) on white bread (350 cal)
    (and no I am not giving up my white bread. If I stop eating PB and make lunch meat or something then I can change bread, but not for PB)
    16 oz of water

    Afternoon snack:
    1.5 cups of red and green bell peppers (60 cal)
    8 oz of water

    Drive Home:
    Fiber one chewy oats and chocolate bar (140 cal)

    Dinner:
    Varies from night to night. Last night it was a turkey breast, gravy, broccoli, and wild rice. I try to keep the dinner around 900 calories.
    16oz water with MIO flavoring

    Night Snack:
    Weight watchers ice cream or something around 100 cal.

    So with that being said my calories have been 1600-1800. My goal is to lose 2-3 pounds a week for the next 10 weeks and it seems this calorie intake may do that but what would you change if you were me?
     
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  3. -Cory-

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    Based on your stats, right at 1600 should put you at 2 lbs/week. If you want 3 lbs/week, you'll have to go down to 1100 or so. I wouldn't recommend this. It becomes very challenging to get all of your nutrients in and it is very difficult to sustain long term. 2 lbs/week is generally consider the fast rate at which you can lose weight in a healthy way, barring being EXTREMELY obese. I'm talking like 400 lbs.

    My biggest suggestion is to be sure that you are measuring things accurately. A lot of people eyeball, but they have no idea how much they're actually eating. This is one of the most common causes of stalled weight loss. In general, I think your diet looks pretty good. There are plenty of fruits and veggies, but you still allow yourself a treat. I don't think what you are eating is a problem. Just be sure you are being honest about how much. Fruit can add up quickly and peanut butter adds up quicker than that. Even a relatively small error in measuring something like peanut butter can add a surprising number of calories to your day.
     
  4. Barbiaux

    Barbiaux New Member

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    Thanks for your reply. For the first 6 weeks of my diet I was eating a peanit butter sandwhich for lunch but was not measuring. I figured no way I was using an entire serving which is 2 tbls. On Monday I took a 2 tablespoon measurer and put exactly 2 tbls on it. I was lucky and was right, I am actually putting about 1.75 tbls on it but I am taking credit for the entire 2 tbls.

    Other than that I weigh everything that I eat. I have a rule, if I can not add up the exact nutrition and weigh it then I am not allowed to consume it.
     
  5. Barbiaux

    Barbiaux New Member

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    Oh I have another question/issue that I need an opinion on. Last night I cooked ground meat on the stove for taco salad. We have been buying 93/7 meat and when I cook 2 lbs I get very little extra grease to pour out. Last night when I cooked it I had so much grease that I filled up half a bowl. I am not sure if this just happens sometimes or is it possible the grocery store packaged the wrong meat and I paid extra for 80/20. Thoughts?
     
  6. -Cory-

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    I wouldn't worry about it too much. It could be either/or, but this is just one meal and mistakes happen. I'd log it as 80/20 just to be sure and adjust my calories accordingly.
     

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