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June 11, 2013 12:31 PM
So as I'm in the home stretch of my weight loss/losing inches, I'm switching to the TDEE-20% method. This means going from 1200 to 1600 calories for me (I currently work out 2-3 times per week but will be upping it to 3-5).

At first, my reaction was "Look at how much I get to eat!" and then after logging all my food, I realized I'm struggling to get up to 1600. I'm so used to eating non-fat/low cal blah blah foods so getting beyond 1300 is actually seems challenging.

Yesterday, I ate pasta in the evening (first time in forever) and included yolks in my eggs as an easy way to up my calories.

So everyone, what are your tips for adding in healthy calories to reach your goal?
And those of you who have also gone from 1200 to something higher, how was the transition?
  107941
June 11, 2013 12:34 PM
Nuts, nut butters, full fat dairy, Greek yogurt, cheese, dark chocolate, avocado, olive oil, etc. Plenty of healthy foods that will give you a quick calorie boost without filling you up.
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June 11, 2013 12:35 PM
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Nuts, nut butters, full fat dairy, Greek yogurt, cheese, dark chocolate, avocado, olive oil, etc. Plenty of healthy foods that will give you a quick calorie boost without filling you up.

yeah - Greek yogurt is awesome and filling
June 11, 2013 12:37 PM
I plan my meals out, usually a day before make sure I meet my macros.

I find it really easy to eat 1600 calories, I probably could eat more if you let me... Especially considering I was eating a lot more when I was heavier
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June 11, 2013 12:37 PM
Peanut butter, cheese, yogurt, etc. It isn't difficult if you start eating high fat foods. Its a common misconception that high fat foods are bad for you.
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June 11, 2013 12:39 PM
It depends on what your basic strategy is. Have an avocado, or a peanut butter sandwich, or a cookie. smile
  1318720
June 11, 2013 12:39 PM
Eat real foods instead of the reduced calorie/fat free versions. They taste so much better to me.
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June 11, 2013 12:39 PM
Avocados and nut butter...but not together cuz that would be gross
June 11, 2013 12:39 PM
Leave out anything titled low fat/non fat. Honestly, they are more unhealthy for you over the real thing. Boom - there's your extra calories.
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June 11, 2013 12:41 PM
1600 cals is my TDEE I dont believe in low fat anything so its easy to do!!!lolsmile sorry should have said 1600 is 20% of my TDEE!!!
Edited by juliegrey1 On June 11, 2013 12:43 PM
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June 11, 2013 12:42 PM
During my bulk, ill eat 3000 calories a day... 1600 it totally doable. add a couple of ounces of meat to you regular meals. If you usually have 2 eggs in the morning have 3, snack on nuts and dairy like string cheese and greek yogurt instead of low cal fruit and veggies. add a little extra rice or quinoa to meals, just add a little extra stuff here and there.
June 11, 2013 12:42 PM
I love nuts, especially almonds. They are healthy and calorie dense.
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June 11, 2013 12:42 PM
Stop the low fat, half the calorie stuff, and eat real food. Enjoy it!
  13199057
June 11, 2013 12:43 PM
open mouth, put food in, chew, swallow repeat as necessary.

Seriously eat calorie dense foods, nut really bump my calories up, so does avocado, olive oil etc.
June 11, 2013 12:43 PM
I am a reformed 1200 calorie eater. I now eat 1800 a day but I'm not focused on weight loss anymore, instead lifting but that's another story.

When I switched I started to eat higher fat foods. Nuts, cheese, avocados. I also LOVE greek yogurt and protein bars.
Good luck!
June 11, 2013 12:43 PM
QUOTE:

Nuts, nut butters, full fat dairy, Greek yogurt, cheese, dark chocolate, avocado, olive oil, etc. Plenty of healthy foods that will give you a quick calorie boost without filling you up.


All of the above!
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June 11, 2013 12:45 PM
All meats, Rice, Brown Bread, Yogurt, Protein Shakes, Nuts, Olive Oil... There are so many ways! I'm impressed you find it hard!
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June 11, 2013 12:46 PM
If you're not hungry don't eat
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June 11, 2013 12:48 PM
QUOTE:

Nuts, nut butters, full fat dairy, Greek yogurt, cheese, dark chocolate, avocado, olive oil, etc. Plenty of healthy foods that will give you a quick calorie boost without filling you up.


All of these are great ways to get in extra calories. One cup of whole milk plain Greek yogurt with 1tbsp honey and a sliced banana mixed in is over 300 calories. Throw in a handfull of almonds or walnuts and you can get close to 500. Cooking eggs in butter is another great way to get some extra calories in.
Edited by momzeeee On June 11, 2013 12:52 PM
June 11, 2013 12:48 PM
A glass of whole milk, nuts, nut butters, cheese, greek yogurt, avocado to name a few.
  11496340
June 11, 2013 12:48 PM
Fat (olive oil and nuts mostly) and wine.
June 11, 2013 12:51 PM
QUOTE:

If you're not hungry don't eat


It sounds like the OP is beginning to transition into maintenance, so more calories is a necessity.
June 11, 2013 12:51 PM
QUOTE:

Leave out anything titled low fat/non fat. Honestly, they are more unhealthy for you over the real thing. Boom - there's your extra calories.


^that! times 100000. seriously. :)
June 11, 2013 1:05 PM
Thank you everyone-- I completely forgot about avocados. It's scary to think I'll be eating more to lose weight, but I might as well give it a shot.

Seriously thanks so much for your tips! I eat a lot of greek yogurt but always the 0% stuff. SO EXCITED for the 2% ones-- way more flavour options!
  107941
June 11, 2013 1:10 PM
I went from 1200 calories and not loosing weight to 1800 calories and loosing about 2 pounds + a week. You need to look for more calorie dense foods. My go to is cheese. 1 oz of cheese has about 100 calories in it. and 1 oz of cheese is not that much at all. Also, change everything that you have been eating low cal/fat free to the regular and that will bump your calories too. For instance if you typically do fat free salad dressing use the full fat dressing, 25 calories in fat free to 100+ calories in the regular.
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