Food Labels and starting a weight management plan of under 1,500 calories.?
Topic: Food Labels and starting a weight management plan of under 1,500 calories.?
May 20, 2019 / By Cullen Question:
My dr told me that I am in the 'morbidly obese' category and wants me to start to try to lose weight, but I haven't the slightest idea of how or where to begin. I am looking for information on HOW to exercise and what a good starting routine might be for me (to do at home, since I can't afford a personal trainer or to go to a gym.)
I am one who has always been very sediteray and never have had an exercise plan or routine (I am in my mid-40s and have problems with asthma and my back, hips and thighs and also have beaten Stage 2b Cervical Cancer.)
My dr didn't say much about HOW to lose weight, but I've read some information on the web and it all seems to indicate that I should start with a calorie intake of about 1,500 calories per day and work my way down to about 1,100-1,200.
How do I make sense of the food labels and know what I am suppose to look for (other than, if you can't pronounce it, you probably don't want to eat it)? I've heard of people counting carbs or calories, but is there any simple way of doing this?
I need to lose about 100 pounds and I'd appreciate any help or advice.
I have to take Phenytoin for Petit Mal seizure disorder and my dr advised me against using herbal meds or vitamins.
Best Answers: Food Labels and starting a weight management plan of under 1,500 calories.?
Asshur | 5 days ago
Start with counting calories, but also check to make sure the food you're eating has nutrients like vitamins, minerals and fiber. Four grams of fiber is a really good serving.
Don't JUST count calories...I did this and, because I wasn't looking at nutrients, I started to feel faint all of the time.
Also, some other weight loss tips that have helped me:
Don't say, "I'm never allowed to eat ______." That's silly. Even the healthiest of people eat ice cream or chips once in awhile. One of my slimmer friends has some chocolate once a day. Not a LOT of chocolate, but some. So, don't completely deny yourself foods you love, but know that your intake of food is going to be less.
Start a food log. I suggest fitday.com because you can make weight goals, track what you eat throughout the day and there's even a mood section where you can select how you were feeling that day. Keep track of everything you eat for a few days. You probably snack a lot more than you realize.
Now, make goals! Find out what a good weight for you would be using a BMI calculator or a weight/height chart. Weight yourself and measure yourself (another reason I love fitday.com...you have your measurements on there as well). Try to set a date, like "By this date I'd like to have lost this many pounds." Don't go for losing over two pounds a week; that's not healthy.
Since you've made goals, it's time to alter your food intake/energy output. This can be done in a variety of ways. You may want to set a calorie goal (no less than 1400/day!). What worked for me is just cutting out snacks for a little while. Then, when meal time came around, I would take a portion of meat/main entree HALF the size that I normally would eat and fill the rest of my plate with veggies. If I was still hungry, I'd get some more. But, most of the time, I realized I wasn't.
You also need to up your physical activity. It doesn't have to be horrible! Take a dance class or a Pilates class...walk around your neighborhood...just find something that you enjoy that gets you moving.
I hope this has helped. If you have any questions, message me!
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I cannot believe that any one would call you that. I've lost over 30 pounds the past year just by keeping to my diabetes diet when I had it when I was pregnant. Research it a little but here's what I did.
I walked about 15 minutes a day up til I had the baby. I cut out all sugar. No fast food which means no fried food, no soda, no french fries. No white bread, switch to whole grains, drink plenty of water, eat 3 small meals and 3 small snacks a day. good luck. you can do it.
Labels can be deceiving these days because the government is not made to list all ingredients on the package so you are truly taking a risk whether you are taking a vitamin or washing your clothes. I do pretty much everything naturally.
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