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How did I do on the first day of my new diet?

Asked by LeavesNoTrace (2532 points ) May 17th, 2012

For the past few years, I’ve been eating pretty healthy with only a few minor lapses for a week or 2. As a recent college graduate, I was used to having more opportunities to be active without even thinking about it but I recently took a desk job that has left me quite sedentary and lazy about my nutrition. I’m a 6ft tall 23 year old female weighing in at 165–170lbs. My pelvis is wide but so I wear about a 10–12 in pants. :/

Mostly due to some stomach issues and a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris, (often caused by a gluten sensitivity) I’ve decided to cut wheat from my diet for two weeks and see if it helps me at all. If it helps me lose 10lbs that would be great too! My goal weight is 155. Hopefully cutting some of the starch and crap that bloats me combined with increased activity, will help bring my weight down a little bit…

Here’s what I ate today. How do you think I did?

Food Diary

5/17/11

Breakfast 5:30am
(Starving)
Vanilla yogurt and a banana (About ⅓–½ a coffee mug full of yogurt)

Snack 12pm
(Starving)
Avocado with sea salt and chili powder

Lunch 1–1:30pm
(Moderately hungry)
½ Kale and apple salad with vinegar ½ eggplant caponata salad from Smile to Go

Snack 3:30–4pm
(Kind of hungry, maybe bored?)
Water from fresh young coconut (wasn’t mature enough to have any meat yet. Booo:()
Kale chips (140 cal serving with vegan, gluten free “cheese”)

Dinner
(Starving)
to-go sashimi from Dean and DeLuca

Liquids:
approx 50 oz filtered water
3 big cups of black coffee with maybe a touch too much honey
1 big cup green tea
Water from fresh young coconut

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23 Answers

Coloma's avatar

Sounds good to me. All good choices, low fat, low sugar, low carb. I am only 5’4 and try to stick to around 1,500 calories a day with low fat, sugar, and moderate carb intake and walking a few miles very other day. You are a very tall woman and 150–160ish is a good goal for you. I think you’re doing fine. Keep it up!

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

Thanks!

By my calculations I think I took in 1,500–1,700 calories today. According to most rough calorie calculators I’ve used, I can take in up to 2,500 cals and maintain my current weight. (seems like a lot but I’m guessing that’s how much I was eating before if I weighed this much and stayed that way)

I suppose if I keep it to around or less than 2,000 I should be able to lose a bit for beach season! ;)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Good. Can you keep that up for the rest of your life, or is this a temporary thing?

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

Hi @Dutchess_III

I’d like to make it a part of my general lifestyle to eat more whole foods and greatly reduce my gluten intake. I strongly suspect it’s partly responsible for some of the skin and digestive problems I’ve had for a while.

I’m glad to say that even though I had dinner at around 7pm it’s now 11pm and I’m still very satisfied. Previously I thought that I was naturally hungrier than average and needed to take in a lot of calories to feel good but I’m starting to see that the quality of what I eat makes a huge difference.

I’ve been in a love/hate with carbs/wheat as long as I can remember. I get hungry, eat something like bread or crackers (whole wheat but still…meh) with something like cheese or hummus and then repeat the cycle a couple of hours later.

Growing up in an Italian-American family, where pasta and bread are king, it became a staple of my diet from an early age. But now I realize that while those foods are satisfying at the time, they are also addictive and leave you wanting more very soon. The constant up-down of my blood sugar probably isn’t the greatest for my health/weight either.

So yeah, I guess you can say I’m trying to break a bad habit in a long term sense. That’s not to say I’ll never have a piece of bread or a baked good again but I’m going to look for wheat free alternatives when I can and try to make my ‘cheating’ times few and far between…

Coloma's avatar

@LeavesNoTrace Protein is what sticks with you. I eat tons of Tuna fish, shrimp, chicken, some cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, not much beef. A great snack/meal is chicken salad with lite mayo stuffed in celery stalks or shrimp salad, tuna salad on flat bread.
I also LOVE to bake a Salmon steak with fresh Asparagus….sooo good and extremely lowcal, lowfat.

dontmindme's avatar

You should add protein to your breakfast and you won’t feel as starved throughout the day. Maybe have a couple of scrambled eggs? Two scrambled eggs in the morning leaves me feeling full until noon.

Coloma's avatar

Don’t forget, it’s Strawberry and Watermelon and Cantalope season. I could LIVE on Watermelon, and…get the Yoplait non-fat Strawberry Cheesecake yogurt 110 calories and slather it over fresh Strawberries…OMG! To die for! Also buy frozen Balckberries and mix with Vanilla low-non-fat yogurt. Bliss!

rooeytoo's avatar

I would be starving! If you can stick with that regimen you should lose weight for sure.

kidsbookspro's avatar

Your diet seems to me well balanced with fruits, proteins and less carbohydrate. It will be great if you can add physical activity like swimming, aerobics, yoga or cardio vascular exercises any thing to keep yourself active will be great to make you feel more energetic.

Judi's avatar

It sounds like you’re not eating enough to me. You should never let yourself get to “starving.”
To maintain 155 you can eat a little more than 1500 calories a day before your exercise routine. Eat them! If you don’t, your metabolism will slow down because your body thinks it needs to conserve.

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Judi She said she figured she ate 1500 to 1700, and is going to keep it around 2000 a day.

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

@Judi I think I ate enough yesterday. I felt really good all day and ate when I was hungry. I’m just trying to cut the (empty) calorie dense and and wheat products from my diet and focus on complete nutrition and moderation.

But I think I may have already blown through a few too many calories today. I started with a banana early this morning then had a big cup of black coffee with some honey. A couple hours later I decided it was time for a snack and found a huge bag of raw unsalted walnuts in my desk. So I filled a standard size coffee mug ½–⅔ full with those and had a satisfying stack. The problem is I think my snack may have packed a whopping 400 calories. I’m hoping the fact that walnuts are full of good stuff compensates a bit for that decision. And at least I’m nut hungry now.

Dutchess_III's avatar

First rule…leave NO snacks in your desk! Don’t keep them in the house, either. If they aren’t there, you can’t eat them. If they’re there, and you catch sight of them, you might snag some just because you saw them.

Hey…mushrooms are an excellent source of protein and have almost virtually no calories.

“nut” hungry now! LOLL!

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

LOL Freudian slip! I totally forgot I even had those. But I guess if you have to eat 400 calories of something, you could do worse than plain raw walnuts. Amiright?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well, sure but…that’s a lot of calories for no real reason.
You said you forgot that you even had them…you wouldn’t have “slipped up” to the tune of 400 calories if you HADN’T had them! Clean out your desk, Missy!

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

Yes ma’am. On a positive note, I still have about 1,000 calories left for the day and no sign of hunger in sight. :)

Dutchess_III's avatar

Cool. And you know what else? A lot of times “hunger” goes away if you ignore it for a while. When you’re really really hungry though, you know it! Then just eat slow. Someone who had lost a bunch of weight once said, “If I get up from the dinner table still feeling a bit hungry, then I know I’ve done well.” The body takes time to catch up to how much food it really just ingested.

Good luck!

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

Very true! I’ve heard a few times that it takes 20 minutes for the body to register satisfaction. I try to stop eating when I’m like 6–7/10 on the satisfaction scale and then wait a while to see how I feel.

Dutchess_III's avatar

You’ll be fine. If you keep it up long enough you won’t have to think about every little thing you put in your mouth. You’ll be counting calories without even realizing it. At that point you will have changed your eating habits and you’ll no longer be “on” a diet, which you’re bound to go “off” of sooner or later.

I lost 30 pounds 22 years ago, and never put it back on.

LeavesNoTrace's avatar

That’s awesome! I went from 210 (ov vey) to 165–170 about 3–4 years ago and have stayed the same ever since. I just wanna budge 10 more lbs from my 6ft tall frame to get me bikini ready. Maybe I’m overthinking this but it’s also more for general health reasons too. The weightloss will just be a welcome side effect :)

Coloma's avatar

Right, there is a 20 minute delay between finishing a meal and the brain registering satiation.
This is why it’s easy to eat yourself into a food coma at Thanksgiving. haha
I think the psychological factors kick in and one goes overboard and then, 30 minutes later you’re on the floor unable to move. lolol

My evening routine is comical at times. Have a glass or two of wine or a couple of lite beers and then as soon as I eat I am falling asleep in about 30 minutes. lol

Charles's avatar

“Here’s what I ate today. How do you think I did?”

How long do you think you can continue eating like this?

What happens when you hit your goal of 155? Will you keep it off forever?

Dutchess_III's avatar

@Charles (I already asked that, and it was answered.)

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