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My fitness pal...can anyone answer some questions please?

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HiccupHaddockHorrendous Sat 11-May-13 14:42:18

I signed up to MFP on Monday and am finding it pretty good so far.

There are a couple of things I'm unsure about.

I've heard a couple of people mention the sugar allowance is a bit out but roughly how 'out'? By the time I've had my tea and a yogurt for pudding, I'll be at double the suggested limit.

Also, my protein allowance has been exceeded by 50% today (have already logged tonight's tea). Do they give a reasonable allowance for that or is that a bit unrealistic, too?

Are there other things I can do on the site? Can I meal plan or work out which foods are going to keep me within my allowances?

Re exercise - yesterday, I tried to log a 30minute brisk walk, pushing a double buggy with two large toddlers but there didn't seem to be a relevant box to tick grin. Is there a way around this?

Sorry for all the probably stupid questions!

LaundryLegoLunch Tue 14-May-13 08:53:29

I'm also a big fan of MFP. Lost 30lbs since Jan.

hiccup I think the reason lots of people ignore the sugar is that it's almost impossible to get every measure under its target without beginning to feel seriously deprived. And as all of us <ahem> larger ladies know if we feel really deprived we won't stick at it.
Another reason I ignore sugar is that fruit is high and yet I refuse to believe I shouldn't be eating fruit. The bad sugar stuff like chocolate and haribo would be excluded because of the calories alone.
Losing weight will automatically reduce your risk of diabetes.

And yes to custard creams. I scoffed 4 the other day and almost wept when I entered them in MFP. But the old me would have eaten 8 and then still eaten a huge dinner...

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Tue 14-May-13 13:34:45

Wannabe - well I hope the paracetemol are helping smile.

How do you tell the difference between being in starvation mode or just being full enough on the food you're eating? confused

By the time I've logged everything at the end of each day, I'm pretty close to the original allocation so hopefully I've just eaten enough and not clinging onto all this excess fat grin

Laundry - wow, that's great! I really hope, four months down the line, I'll be able to say the same!

Re sugar - my breakfast of porridge and fruit, alone, tipped the sugar scale this morning hmm so I think I might do as so many others seem to do and ignore it. Any idea how much sugar is a healthy amount?

Re custard creams - I'm still so gutted that I didn't check how bad they were before I stuffed four of the buggers that the 6 left in the packet have been on top of the kitchen unit since Sunday and I haven't felt even a tiny bit tempted to eat one same can't be said for the mini muffins blushhmmgrin

How are things going Hiccup?

I have lost another 2lbs. My diet could and should be healthier this week, but still not eating over my calories.

I have a concert on fri and intend on having a few drinks, so that might be hard, but I think my weekly goal has such a big deficit I might be ok.

If your calories are really low and you dont feel hungry just make sure you keep drinking plenty of water. I would say that 1200 should be your minimum net intake, anything below that is bad!

HiccupHaddockHorrendous Wed 15-May-13 21:42:29

Yay, well done!! it's very motivating when All the work starts paying off!

I'm doing ok, thanks! I have had chocolate today but it was to get me through the hell that is soft play grin and I had a homemade salad first instead of the usual massive egg mayo baguette?

Also, I forgot to soak my porridge oats last night so ended up with the breakfast leftovers...cold crumpet with marmite and half a piece of toast with jam blush.

For me, the key is definitely being organised. Three times, this evening, I have come to the kitchen to get the oats ready for tomorrow and each time I end up doing something else and forgetting.

My calories aren't much under my allowance and now that I've read so many others don't eat their exercise calories, I'll be less inclined to use them as an excuse to eat rubbish!

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