I Meet My Daily Nutritional Vitamin Intake (Thru Foods) But Not My Caloric Needs.

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  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020

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    Do you consider yourself healthy? I'm sure it depends on your goals; and mine lately have been healthier in the sense as to what it was before.

    Before: McDonald's every other day, and fast food galore. I could easily knock 1500 calories in one Burger King Meal, always with a coke. Needless to say, I would hardly scratch the vitamins and other healthier components which are not found in cheap fast food.

    Now: I'll eat at home, with 3 main food sources always close at hand, which are 1) veggies (some fruits) 2) turkey (lean meats) 3) nuts, seeds

    I do my best to appropriately track what I eat and all the nutritional intake that goes along with it.. and lately my days have consisted of eating broccoli, kale, lettuce, carrots, etc. I've been meeting my vitamin intake requirements but in no way am I getting close to 2000 calories a day. Truth is, I feel a bit more than 2000; this goes back to the whole goals thing I guess. But what im trying to get at here is that yesterday I had broccoli, carrots, kale, collard greens and celery for breakfast, turkey breast and more broccoli for lunch, and at night I had eggs with lemonade (home made w/ raw honey as opposed to sugar) for dinner. I was still at a caloric deficit and was heavily contemplating hitting up McDonalds at midnight.

    This is where i'm at, and it seems that it was better to not have gone to McDonalds last night as oppose to have gone and eating cheeseburger and fries with a large coke (though that does sound good).

    Perhaps i'm not asking a direct question but I feel like im at this point where im seeing that it too is difficult to be healthy once youre trying to be healthy. See, before when I was a slob hitting up drive thrus I would consider that being healthy meant just eating healthy... but here I am now, resisting unhealthy meats and going for baked or lightly grilled meats with no salts...but im at this fork in the road in which I've noticed that I'm barely hitting 1000 calories a day. Admittedly I don't get a mid afternoon crash and I have more energy to read and go out, but i'm sure in the long run not meeting my daily caloric needs themseleves would be a long term issue.

    Anyways, open to discussion. :)
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Perhaps you should discuss your goals, and needs with a nutritionist.

    In the same way you don't want to ask legal advice on the internet perhaps discussing your needs with a specialist is the best approach
     
  3. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Seems ^^ is good advice. You clearly have a lot of questions and it would benefit you to seek professional help or keep googling, I suppose.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Looks like you are bouncing between extremes
    Perhaps you should take a more moderate approach with balance
     
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    People told him that on his last crazy diet thread and yet here we are again.
     
  7. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    Why don't you just eat more of the healthy stuff? also have chicken breast for dinner as well as broccoli?
     
  8. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Truth is I get full eating nothing but veggies. I'm getting a ton of fiber and which results in feeling full, but not that bloated full like after leaving a restaurant.

    A nutritionalist would be best and an appointment has been in the books for a few weeks now.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    True but just because you have a full stomach of vegetables does mean its healthy. if you skip other food groups and are one sided then you're not getting the nutrition your body requires.

    Its good that you have an appoint with a nutritionist and they can help point you in the right direction.

    As for leaving a restaurant with a bloated feeling - just eat less. I'm serious, I'll order a chicken parm dinner and only eat half, or if you have pizza, eat only 2 slices. Like in so many other things in life - moderation is the key.
     
  10. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    He should add two healthy light meals to his day. Say around 10:30 AM and 3:00 PM. Also, try adding peanut butter to the celery. Instead of just fiber, he'd also be getting carbohydrates and protein. Sandwiches and grains are fine and can also help make up needed calories, just make sure to switch to a whole grain rather than plain white bread. Red meat on occasion is fine.
     
  11. marc11 macrumors 68000

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    Small first changes make a big impact. You can through in some kashi bars. High in protein with 140 calories. Or pick up sure protein shake mix. It will give you about 120 calories when mixed with water or 200 when mixed with fat free milk abs 24g of protein.

    If you set a protein goal of 1 to 1.5g per pound of body weight the calories will come along nicely.

    Being healthy and eating right is not hard. Start reading the labels, set your caloric goals by setting your protein goals, eat thris like rice and chicken as well as nuts, grains and fish. Take a multi vitamin so you aren't chasing just vitamins in your diet and use technology to track all your food eaten. Also depending on your age, height and activity level 2000 calories may be too high, too low or just right. Check your correct calorie goal as well. Don't guess.
     
  12. Lone Deranger macrumors 65816

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    Add some oily fish, like Salmon or Trout to your diet. Very healthy for you. Don't skip on the (good) fats. Your body depends on them. Good calorie boost too.
     
  13. Policar macrumors 6502a

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    You're crazy. You can't live off 1000 calories a day, or shouldn't. Hasn't this had a negative effect on your work?
     
  14. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I find weekends to be the toughest when it comes to eating out at restaurants only because I usually have multiple business meetings that take place around meal times between thursday-tuesday, with the weekends consisting of meals with family and truth be told BBQ gatherings add up, most especially in the summer. I certainly agree moderation is key.

    Thats great advice. I'll throw in an avocado or PB into a Nutribullet drink and do agree my recent nutrition endeavors have focused on fiber, though not consciously (initially). As for carbs, I seem to consume most of it through steel-cut oats or barley or millet; though admittedly this isnt yet a daily habit. For protein, I usually pick out one new cut of meat every week. The 4th of July week it was red meat, and more recently turkey. My favorite has always been bologna, my kryptonite, but i've done a great job of staying away from that for almost a year now.

    Protein powder seems like a good solution to inch towards those nutritional requirements i'm not meeting, but I wouldn't want to just consume protein powder. I suppose these are all questions to ask my upcoming nutritionalist.

    Fish is a great idea. Admittedly however I've had cooked fish only a handful of times my entire life, with most if not all fish eating experiences consisting of raw fish. I would imagine in the long run it may not be the healthiest to continue to consume raw fish but truth is I don't know..after all, there are many healthy people that are pescetarian.
     
  15. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    You realize that's not a good thing, right?
     
  16. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I do and am proud of not feeling that anymore, though it is an odd feeling to be consistantly neither hungry nor full, as opposed to stuffed or hungry.
     
  17. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

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    The whole "2000 calories a day" thing isn't accurate for everybody. We are all different, and depending on our goals and daily activity level, caloric requirements vary. Equally as important as hitting your target calories is fulfilling your daily macronutrient requirements.

    I would highly suggest checking out the "Losing Fat" and "Nutrition" forums over at bodybuilding.com. Read through the stickies on there. There is an almost endless wealth of knowledge on those forums. If you take the time, read thoroughly, and follow the advice given over there, you can really change your life. And it isn't nearly as difficult or as complicated as people would like to believe it is.
     

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