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January 14, 2014 1:24 PM
I have been eating healthier than I ever have but am still gaining weight. Look over my food diary and tell me what I'm doing wrong, please. I would like to fix things that my family will also eat because this keeps me on track.
  54705630
January 14, 2014 1:29 PM
It doesn't matter the types of food you eat, what is key to weight loss is a calorie deficit. if you are gaining weight, you are still eating at a surplus.

and your diary is not public.
January 14, 2014 1:31 PM
Healthy foods are nutritious and important for you. But without stringent portion control on almost everything but vegetables, weight gain will still happen. But yourself a food scale and start measuring. Youd be surprised what one serving really is.
  29866615
January 14, 2014 1:34 PM
QUOTE:

It doesn't matter the types of food you eat, what is key to weight loss is a calorie deficit. if you are gaining weight, you are still eating at a surplus.

and your diary is not public.


This.
January 14, 2014 1:36 PM
your diary isnt public.

also if you're eating more food than you require then you will gain weight, regardless if it's "healthy" or not. after all sumo wrestlers eat primarily healthy foods too
  12840602
January 14, 2014 1:37 PM
Exercise is needed. If you are a mother with little one's around, walk them to the park, play ball with them, go swimming with them, anything to get you moving.

Portion control is key too. Buy a food scale and measure EVERYTHING
  20551813
January 14, 2014 1:45 PM
Portion control is the thing that will amaze you. Get out the food scale and the measuring cups and prepare for some surprises!

In some cases, when I starting measuring portions, I found that I had previously been eating double (or greater) the actual portion!
  12092823
January 14, 2014 2:00 PM
Thanks for the reply. I changed my diary settings to public. I will keep your advice in mind. I'm sure I need to increase exercise.smile
  54705630
January 14, 2014 2:02 PM
QUOTE:

Exercise is needed. If you are a mother with little one's around, walk them to the park, play ball with them, go swimming with them, anything to get you moving.

Portion control is key too. Buy a food scale and measure EVERYTHING


Exercise isn't needed for weightloss, just a caloric deficit.
January 14, 2014 2:06 PM
After going back a few days in your diary I can see that you are not eating nearly enough. On top of that, what you are eating is a lot of pre-packaged food and take-out. Those are sodium bombs which can cause you to retain water.

You should start measuring everything you eat and drinking tons of water. Both of those will help tremendously with seeing the scale move in the right direction.
January 14, 2014 2:10 PM
I would suggest starting here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/1080242-a-guide-to-get-you-started-on-your-path-to-sexypants

It's a lot of reading, and all of the linked posts are worth reading too, but it should get you going in the right direction again.
  23084342
January 14, 2014 2:11 PM
Measure your food
Drink tons of water
Cut the sodium in half
Try cooking your meals more, that way you know exactly how much your eating and what your eating
Exercise
Eat a little more you are eating only 800 calories or so. It's a lifestyle not a diet, think about the long run :)
January 14, 2014 2:12 PM
Your diary suggests you are eating hardly anything, so my guess is if you are putting on weight you are logging wrong. Make sure you weigh everything, and input your own recipes if you are not already.
Apart from that, are you weighing to often perhaps? Don't forget you weight you fluctuate quite a bit. I suggest weighing only once a week, in the morning after the toilet, before breakfast, to take away as many variables as possible.
January 14, 2014 2:16 PM
Your diary is not consistent - and it shows huge amounts of carbs and very little protein...Start weighing and measure everything, log it all and up your protein - a peanutbutter mayo and banana sandwich for breakfast is not healthy....
  14203297
January 14, 2014 2:21 PM
I expect that you're eating far more than you think. Your either not logging everything or what you're logging is inaccurate. 1 sandwich isn't really a measurement. Also some fresh fruit and Veg would be good as you are severely lacking in that department.
  36664637
January 14, 2014 2:22 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Exercise is needed. If you are a mother with little one's around, walk them to the park, play ball with them, go swimming with them, anything to get you moving.

Portion control is key too. Buy a food scale and measure EVERYTHING


Exercise isn't needed for weightloss, just a caloric deficit.


This.
<----------- lost over 50lbs wihout any exercise. Did'nt start until I transitioned into maintenance :)
January 14, 2014 2:23 PM
QUOTE:

I would suggest starting here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/1080242-a-guide-to-get-you-started-on-your-path-to-sexypants

It's a lot of reading, and all of the linked posts are worth reading too, but it should get you going in the right direction again.


Perfect advice. You can own this but you will have to do the research. Frankly that link gets you the knowledge you likely need. Best of luck to you!
  47695996
January 14, 2014 2:23 PM
QUOTE:

I would suggest starting here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/1080242-a-guide-to-get-you-started-on-your-path-to-sexypants

It's a lot of reading, and all of the linked posts are worth reading too, but it should get you going in the right direction again.


+1
January 14, 2014 2:23 PM
you are eating more calories than you are logging. for instance from panera's website, half that grilled chicken ceasar salad is 220 calories, you have it as 70 calories.

the calories counts you have in panera sandwiches also look off.

MFP has an extensive database but many things are wrong. i recently found something that was listed as being 600 calories less than what it really should be. if something seems to good to be true calorie wise in our database, then odds are it's wrong
  12840602
January 14, 2014 2:27 PM
Hi Sherryb, good on you for trying to make some positive changes, but as you have asked for opinions, I am going to be honest. Have had a look at your food diary. Your tracking of intake has lots of gaps. Horrified by the amount of processed and junk food you eat - suggest you think about adding some more fresh food, vegetables and fruit on a daily basis, The other thing is portion control is paramount. If you really don't know what constitutes a healthy diet suggest you look for guidelines to help. I don't know what country you live in , but here in Australia our government publishes healthy food guidelines. It basically outlines what a healthy diet consists of and gives daily targets for fruit and veg intake, protein, fats etc. It suggests what a healthy plate of food looks like. Maybe you can access something similar where you are? The other thing is, apart from weight loss, I can't help to feel a diet full of processed food like yours would lead to low energy levels, and basically make you feel like crap. You have the power to make healthy changes. All the best.
  55301440
January 14, 2014 2:27 PM
QUOTE:

you are eating more calories than you are logging. for instance from panera's website, half that grilled chicken ceasar salad is 220 calories, you have it as 70 calories.

the calories counts you have in panera sandwiches also look off.

MFP has an extensive database but many things are wrong. i recently found something that was listed as being 600 calories less than what it really should be. if something seems to good to be true calorie wise in our database, then odds are it's wrong


bingo.

the whole process is a simple equation. OP is eating more than they think.
  17170557
January 14, 2014 2:28 PM
weight loss is simply quantity not quality.

you are eating more than youre burning.

EDIT: had a look at your diary. it's all over the place. 700 some days, 1300 some days. you need to weigh/measure EVERYTHING you eat. you are either underestimating cal intake or overestimating cal burn.
Edited by skullshank On January 14, 2014 2:30 PM
January 14, 2014 2:28 PM
QUOTE:

Your diary is not consistent - and it shows huge amounts of carbs and very little protein...Start weighing and measure everything, log it all and up your protein - a peanutbutter mayo and banana sandwich for breakfast is not healthy....


ain't nothin' wrong with it if it fits your calories (and macros if tracking them...)
January 14, 2014 2:30 PM
Yeah, something is off.

If you're really only eating 800-1200 calories a day, you should have dropped a ton of weight quickly and then run into problems because that's typically not enough food.

The basic principals to follow are:
1. Drink enough water (at least 1/2 a gallon a day)
2. Eat fresh, real foods whenever possible (because they will fill you up and give you nutrients, though you can lose weight eating all junk food)
3. Weigh those foods on a food scale so that you know how much you are really eating
4. Log every food/drink you consume
5. Check the accuracy of other people's MFP entries via http://nutritiondata.self.com/ or similar if you are unsure (for instance, Panera lists all of their nutrition data on their website and it's semi-customizable)
6. Eat less calories than you use each day (you can find an estimate here (http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/)
7. Do not overestimate your activity.

This thread is good, too http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/912920-in-place-of-a-road-map-3-2013
Edited by psych0kitty On January 14, 2014 2:32 PM
  6623076
January 14, 2014 2:31 PM
QUOTE:

After going back a few days in your diary I can see that you are not eating nearly enough. On top of that, what you are eating is a lot of pre-packaged food and take-out. Those are sodium bombs which can cause you to retain water.

You should start measuring everything you eat and drinking tons of water. Both of those will help tremendously with seeing the scale move in the right direction.


+1

I went back almost a week in your diary, and you have some kind of take-away everyday, the amount of sodium in take-away food is amazingly high, not only is it bad for your health in general, but sodium helps retain water, so that could be the weight you're seeing.

Everyone is suggesting you weigh everything, because it is mostly likely your major problem, but until you start cooking your own food, I don't see how that is possible.

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