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mommy2ash Mon 16-May-16 20:17:23

Ok I have decided not to start a diet but to have a major lifestyle overhaul. I've been very busy this past year and fell into the trap of comfort eating convenience foods. I'm 4 foot 11 I think this makes a difference as naturally I will need less calories and weigh 130 pounds. I need to lose at least 20 pounds. My daily intake is as follows:

Breakfast - porridge made mostly with water and a dash of skimmed milk with added seeds

Lunch - lettuce, tomatoes, 10 cashew nuts, a boiled egg and a small bit of cheese

Snack - small container of cut up fruit kiwi, apple, blueberries or a yoghurt

Dinner - cod fillet with broccolli or chicken with small portion of noodles with brocolli or chicken with sweet potato and brocolli

I count my calories and weigh my food and I'm averaging 900 calories a day. I know I should be eating more but I'm full. Should I force myself to eat more? I also have an underactive thyroid that has not been regulated and I've recently had to start at the lowest dose and work my way up in six week increments as they aren't sure what is going on.

Any advice would be very much appreciated

Mincepies76 Mon 16-May-16 22:13:59

Have you got the nutracheck app? It's really useful...you tell it what you weigh, wha you want to weigh and by when and it tells you how many cals to eat. You can then count cals on it. It's great.

modernfemininity Sat 28-May-16 16:41:21

I am 5 foot. I think we need a shockingly low amount of calories just to maintain.
I am losing weight with a 1000 calorie diet and I use MFP. MFP says that no one should eat less than 1200 calories but my tdee is low because I am 48, so 1000 seems.reasonable to me.

900 is low. If you are not losing, it might be thyroid and as medicine is upped you might burn more cals.

I eat fewer than 900 cals but tea and coffee with milk (sometimes black) and small glass of wine, and the occasional 10 cals on a mint imperial, make up the difference to 1000 cals.

Are you counting everything, including salad and fruit? Out of interest to me, how did you know you have an underactive thyroid? I dread it happening to me as I know a) my late mum had it
and b) it makes you gain weight.

Not easy being petite huh?

mommy2ash Sat 28-May-16 21:14:45

Finally someone who gets it lol . I eat till I'm full but rarely get to 1000 calories.I was diagnosed with an underactive thyroid when I was pregnant. I think it was one of the blood tests they routinely took. I have never heard of it until I was told I had it. Nine years later it still isn't regulated

fishonabicycle Wed 29-Jun-16 21:05:25

You are all eating too little! I'm a similar size (about 5 foot) and was struggling to lose about half a stone I put on over the last year. My pt looked at my calories and nutrition and said I wasn't eating enough or the right stuff. I have gradually increased my calories over the last 3 months to 1600 (70g protein, 60g fat, 120 carbs and 25 or more fibre). I have lost that 3.5 kg and am about 49kg now. I am also 51 with an office job so not massively active apart from 3-4 work outs a week and walking a reasonable amount. Eating so little ruins our metabolisms.

fishonabicycle Mon 21-Nov-16 17:14:17

And now have lost some more - am at 46.5 kg. Feeling so much more confident and happy about myself! Even my face is not so round.

Out2pasture Wed 23-Nov-16 02:56:38

I thing the percentage of protein/carbs/fats makes a difference. if you keep your protein intake to the 20% of calories it helps.
so low cal but all the cals coming from carbs doesn't promote the weight loss efficiently.

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