asekal54 Posted July 21, 2016 Share Posted July 21, 2016 Let me preface this post by saying that I’m not doing Whole30 to lose weight. I’m doing it to see if it helps relieve chronic pain. That said, I’m concerned about weight gain. Early this year, I started eating “clean”. I cut out all processed food [compared to a “normal” person, I really wasn’t eating much processed food anyway]. I ended up losing 10ish pounds within the last six months just by cutting out the processed stuff. I exercise too, but I was doing that before I cut out processed food, so I attribute the weight loss more to the change in diet. I was losing weight eating around 1700-1800 calories a day, which is the most I’ve ever eaten while counting calories. I don’t really think 1700-1800 is too restrictive. The weight loss plateaued, I think. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m not eating enough for my activity level or if I was eating too much. I hope it’s not that I was eating too much because I don’t want to dip below that amount of food. Anyway, I’m on Day 8 right now. I’ve been keeping track of calories but not restricting myself based on the calories, if that makes sense. As in, I’ll build my meal according to the template but I still count what I’m eating. I know I’m not supposed to be doing this. I just want to ask this question. Since starting Whole30, I’ve been eating around 1800-2000 a day. This is the most I’ve ever eaten [while tracking calories]. I’m not afraid of fat or anything like that, I’m just wondering if getting 2000 is too much. Even though I’m eating high-quality food, I feel like I will still end up gaining weight if I’m eating above my body’s needs. Yesterday I ate around 2100 & I’m a little worried about that today. I just don’t want to reverse the progress I’ve already made with my weight because I’m finally pretty happy with how I look. That’s the only reason I’m asking this question. I’m not really getting hungry between meals, so I think I’m doing that part right. I eat breakfast around 8, lunch around 2, & dinner around 7 or 8, depending on the day. Here’s an example of what I’m eating: Breakfast Breakfast casserole [eggs, sausage, spinach, zucchini, peppers, onions; this morning I had about two cups’ worth adds up to about three or four eggs] Banana [usually a banana or an apple, occasionally a different kind of fruit] ½ can of light coconut milk 6 oz coffee with compliant cashew milk Lunch One sweet potato 4ozish chicken cooked in olive oil/balsamic vinegar One small avocado Occasionally fruit like berries or grapes, but not always Dinner Protein [tonight it’s steak, tomorrow the same kind of chicken I described above] Vegetable [tonight it’s a baked regular potato, tomorrow will be a mix of roasted veggies including squash, carrots, onion, & peppers] For fat I count what I use in cooking because I always put a good amount olive oil on my roasted veggies & always marinate my meat in an olive oil based marinade Sometimes I will also have a bottle of kombucha [GT Dave’s]. I’m going to opt for the lower-sugar ones from now on because I had a mango one the other day & it made me shake, so I know that one had too much sugar. I’m not sure what to consider my activity level. I’d say closer to moderate than to high. I do between 12000 & 15000 steps most days & do cardio/strength training three or four days a week for 30ish minutes. Does this amount of food seem adequate? I’m not starving between meals. I get hungry probably within half an hour to an hour of my next meal, but not ravenous. I just really don’t want to overdo it [or underdo it]. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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