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March 27, 2012 1:24 PM
Okay, here's the problem...I'm a newbie so please bear with me.

Before I joined MFP I would eat whenever the mood so took me. Call it what you like, I grazed, picked, pigged out, well just ate for comfort basically. I'm really trying to exercise some self displine but lasting on 1200 calories per day is very challenging.

I'd just be grateful for any tips/advice that you do to make your calories go so much further.

I'm not a fussy eater and love all food. But would love some tips so that my menu is more varied.

Thanks in advance x
March 27, 2012 1:25 PM
It's not necessarily low calorie, but it really helps to keep me satisfied- peanut butter!
  1731104
March 27, 2012 1:26 PM
Are you eating 6 small meals a day or are you doing 3 larger ones?
March 27, 2012 1:26 PM
I will be watching this thread with great interest! Meanwhile - String cheese, almonds (in SMALL quantities), lots & lots of water....
  7973263
March 27, 2012 1:27 PM
Reset your goal to 1lb/week and eat the extra 300-400 or so calories that MFP will give you. Think of it as a lifestyle change, not a diet - can you live with 1200 calories/day for the rest of your life? Also, work out and eat the extra calories you get from that.
  3197094
March 27, 2012 1:27 PM
Tofu Shiratake noodles, veggies, chicken breast, greek yogurt, pretzels. There is a lot of things, feel free to add me, my diary is open, at 1200 calories and a rarely feel hungry!
March 27, 2012 1:28 PM
I eat every 2 hrs. or so. I alot of fresh fruit, veggies, yougurt, nuts/ granola. this helps to fight of hunger & keep me from feeling straved all day. Hope this helps.
  15569705
March 27, 2012 1:28 PM
And to add to that - make sure you get enough protein and fiber, it will help keep you fuller, longer.
  3197094
March 27, 2012 1:28 PM
Maybe you should ease into a lower calorie diet. Try to eat 1500 calls first and decrease slowly if you want. You can also eat foods high in fiber (beans, fruit, veggies) to keep you full. Try lean protein as well (greek yogurt, fish, chicken breast, lean red meats). Try eating a big salad (no/little dressing) before every meal. Oh and drink TONS of water. You'll be surprised how full you get if you drink water as you eat.
March 27, 2012 1:28 PM
First off 1200 calories isn't always the magic number for everyone, is 1200 what you put you on or is it what you are suppose to be on?

Low calories aren't always healthy, and high calories aren't always unhealthy. Our bodies need a certain amount of calories a day to survive and not go into starvation mode. Don't be afraid to eat something higher in calories, just be sure it's not empty, with that said, good choices would be raw almonds, pecans, peanut butter for higher calories, but be careful with peanut butter, you can find some that isn't loaded down in sugar and is better for ya. I haven't eaten peanut butter in a while because I refuse to pay the price for it.
  4563381
March 27, 2012 1:29 PM
When I'm in a rush with school and clinicals I'll make myself a boca patty. Much lower in fat and calories and really quick easy and yummy! My favorite is the spicy chik'n. I also like to carry around cut up fruit and veggies in a baggie to graze on when I get the munchies.
  14580756
March 27, 2012 1:30 PM
oats are really good for breakfast/dinner with milk.. plenty of fibers in there that'll keep u full longer. carrots are really good too and taste gd. try to work out more as well and eat back whatever calories u burn during ur workout :)
March 27, 2012 1:30 PM
Greek yogurt, fat free cottage cheese, Kashi Go Lean, lots of green veggies, egg whites, lean protein, almonds, nut butters, ezekial bread....

1200 is too little (it is for me). The days I don't exercise, I go over MFP's goal of 1210. I'm still losing BF, which is what I want to do, since my weight is actually pretty low to begin with. Eat 5 to 6 meals per day, lots of protein.....

Good luck!
March 27, 2012 1:30 PM
1200 calories a day isn't enough to sustain basic body function - it's just not healthy
spend some time on fat2fitradio.com calculating your BMR and TDEE and base your goals on MFP from that.
March 27, 2012 1:31 PM
i'm addicted to fresh raw veggies dipped in soy sauce... sounds weird i know but if you like soy sauce you will like this. it works great with most raw veggies, such as broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, carrots, and bell peppers.

Or instead of soy sauce, try low-fat ranch. I love "low-fat" Ranch because it tastes better than fat free but you still don't overload on calories! Just watch your portions...
March 27, 2012 1:31 PM
A vanilla greek yogurt (check calories--mine is about 100 calories) with a few blueberries or Walden Farm (0 cal) chocolate sauce on top--tons of protein to keep you full.
March 27, 2012 1:31 PM
Beans!.. canellini , kidney.. add em and they'll stuff u
March 27, 2012 1:32 PM
QUOTE:

1200 calories a day isn't enough to sustain basic body function - it's just not healthy
spend some time on fat2fitradio.com calculating your BMR and TDEE and base your goals on MFP from that.


Depends on the person's body type. My doc has me on a 1200 calorie diet, I can't lose weight on anything higher, I've tried. I work out as well. So everyone is different, depends on the person.
  4563381
March 27, 2012 1:32 PM
If you don't regularly eat breakfast like i used to, DO IT! I find that starting the day off with oatmeal or high-protein egg whites keep me full much longer
  14232386
March 27, 2012 1:32 PM
QUOTE:

i'm addicted to fresh raw veggies dipped in soy sauce... sounds weird i know but if you like soy sauce you will like this. it works great with most raw veggies, such as broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, carrots, and bell peppers.

Or instead of soy sauce, try low-fat ranch. I love "low-fat" Ranch because it tastes better than fat free but you still don't overload on calories! Just watch your portions...


I thought I was the only one who did the whole raw veggie soy sauce lol! My favorite is radishes. Love the spicy!
  14580756
March 27, 2012 1:33 PM
Brown rice
lean turkey
quinoa
fruits/veggies

avoid:
cereals
sugar
"diet bars/protein bars"
anything high in fat (fat and refined carbohydrates are the biggest factor in calorie denseness, for the most part)


The easiest way to evaluate a food is to look at caloric density in terms of calories per gram of food. Look for stuff under 1.5 calories per gram and you should be good.
March 27, 2012 1:34 PM
Agreed. Maybe reset your goals so you have around 1500 calories for the day. Then you wont feel so hungry.

As far as filling foods go, try spinach salads, greek yogurt is higher in calories then regular yogurt but its loaded with protein, so it helps to keep you full. Almonds and peanut butter are good too, in small amounts :)
  14715422
March 27, 2012 1:34 PM
IF you are working out, PLEASE read this:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/539980-people-who-have-had-success-by-upping-their-calories
  6905585
March 27, 2012 1:35 PM
High fiber, high protein foods help keep you satisfied longer. Look for fruits and veggies with high water and high fiber content like lettuce, celery, apples, pears and melons. Lean sources of proteins, including nuts, are also great for helping you stay full and feel satisfied.
  1710900
March 27, 2012 1:35 PM
Protein will keep you feeling fuller for longer. Fat will satiate you. So a mix of protein and fat is the winning combo - lean meats, nuts, eggs etc.

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