Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I'm figuring out that when I work out really hard (specifically my abs) I don't want to eat as much food... I'd rather drink water. I know that my body needs fuel to operate correctly, but whenever I eat healthy (which I've been good about lately) IT'S NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE to eat the correct number of calories. I've been STUFFING myself full of fruits, liquids, salads, etc. and on those SUPER HEALTHY days, I feel like I don't have time to do anything but eat (just to get my calories in).

It's SUCH a catch 22. You're supposed to eat healthy to lose weight, but you're also supposed to eat a certain number of calories to keep the body primed and ready to work. The problem is that healthy food has less calories which means you MUST eat more to get the right number of calories in daily, and it's becoming a bit tedious for me.... especially since my appetite diminishes the harder I work out. Does anyone know what I can do to get all of my calories in without making myself feel sick? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!
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    There are a ton of high calorie AND high nutritional foods that you can pop into your daily routine. Peanut butter is a great one (and try the natural kinds - much better for you and I *love* the taste!) - especially on some whole grain toast. Protein shakes are also really great. Fruit has plenty of yummy healthy carbs, and lean proteins - lean meats, legumes, nuts and the like- will fill you up and pack a good nutritional punch. And there is nothing wrong with a little chocolate milk now and again -- hello protein and calcium! Help me build those muscles I'm working on! -- so find things like that that will fit into your day and give you the nutrition you need to maintain your workouts week after week.

    (And remember, having to FIND extra calories is much easier and better than struggling with the eating monster - so be thankful for that!)
    3793 days ago
    Thanks so much! I didn't know I could have PEANUT BUTTER! I thought that was cheatin! emoticon WHEW! That's nice to know. I have protein shakes but they're low-cal low-carb [ATKINS] and get me full REALLY quick. ****maybe I should sneak back into my hubby's whey****


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    3794 days ago
  • LEIGH932011
    I have the same problem. I will definitely need to follow up on this blog!
    3794 days ago
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    How about a cup of chocolate milk after your workout. It has a nice balance of protein, carbs and calories and helps to rebuild some of the muscle you broke down during your workout and can help to get you some extra calories - especially if you drink 2 glasses!
    3794 days ago
    i dont know any answers but im walking the tightrope with ya- we'll get there - u rock!
    3795 days ago
  • 2B_ME_N_2012
    I agree with GREGSTEAM. PROTEIN is key, especially when you are doing a lot of ab work/strength training. We have to rebuild those muscles. I have been advised to drink a protein shake within 30-45 min of a strength training workout. Also, any protein will be good and cheese which satisfies your calcium and protein requirement.

    It has been hard for me as well to take in the recommended calories when eating healthy. However, the following plan works for me. I am required to take in 1500-1600 calories per day.
    Thus, it has been advised to take in...

    600 calories from 6-11am
    500 calories from 11-4pm
    500 calories from 4-10pm

    When you keep up in that form or even smaller more frequent amounts it can be attainable.

    3795 days ago
    Funny thing -- I find if I eat all the "healthy" things I'm supposed to eat every day, there are too many calories to consume.

    Try nuts and beans for protein, and higher-calorie vegetables like sweet potatoes, peas and corn. Definitely make sure you're getting enough protein -- it's key for building muscle!
    3795 days ago
    Protein shakes, lean chicken,tuna,smooth peanut butter!
    3795 days ago
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