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Thread: Overeating, a rude shock!

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    Default Overeating, a rude shock!

    Hello Everyone,

    I just wanted to share an experience I have had today. Today I overate. I consumed around 1200 cals and it wasn't by stuffing myself or having big portion sizes. I just had a couple of snacks during the day and had some left over curry for lunch and dinner.

    I can't believe it! I do feel full and I only ate about 4 tablespoons at each sitting. I kept telling myself to eat a couple of protein snacks because I know Im not getting enough.

    However this is ridiculous, 1200 cals is just unacceptable! It is a rude awakening and today I can see how easy it would be to fall of the wagon in the years to come.

    I usually sit at around 800 cals per day. That seems to be the nice level whereby I lose weight, don't feel hungry but don't get to dizzy or tired either.

    I certainly won't be doing this again. I think this is a part of the journey that doesn't get discussed to much, how easy and dangerous it is to over-consume.

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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    Well i have been doing the same thing. Oatmeal cookies have been my choice of food. ( I have been at a stall fo rabout 3 weeks now and I know why and I am trying to change that.


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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    1200 calories really isn't bad.. My nutritionist is asking me to stay in that range and I am still losing. As long as you are exercising you will be fine. I seem to eat 4-5 times a day... small portions but that also helps keep your metabolism moving..... Don't beat yourself up! Before surgery we were probably eating 2500-3000 calories a day..... big difference if you think about it!!

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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    I also wouldn't worry too much about the 1200 number but it's good you caught yourself indulging in a habit you don't want to repeat.

    There actually is a good amount of regaining on this site but the way it's organized is not always the easiest to locate. I wish this site had a FAQ section!

    I put a bunch of info together in my healthplan group so you can check it out...pay particular attention to the comments in the Carnie Wilson article from gastric bypass patients...most of whom regained their weight. It's scary.

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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    Thank you for being honest and sharing with us all. I can't say I have been in your shoes (not yet...soon!) but I just wanted to encourage you anyways. You know what you need to do. Don't beat yourself up about it. And you are right..not too many people talk about that part of the journey. "grazing" is something I find myself doing even now. I could be easily added a few hundred calories to my day. enough said...have a blessed day!!

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    I will have to watch out for the soft calories...cookies, cakes, candies, shakes. Those will be my downfall. So far I've only cheated once since surgery with a couple bites of chocolate cake. It was good, but not that good. It was my old brain still trying to kick in! Yesterday I tried 3 buffalo chicken chunks dipped in lowfat ranch. WRONG choice for two weeks post op. Too spicy. I was miserable for over an hour and wasnt sure if it was going to stay down or not. I know I am going to really toss inches when I start more toning and longer walks soon. This is really all about trial and error. You can have all the info you want, but in the end, your way of thinking has to change. It's a daily process...I'm working this program as an alcoholic would work AA. My brain is slowly getting with the program because my body is telling it different information than it used to. Making a mistake here or there is teaching me valuable lessons. I know I will not fail! We can do this


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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    I would think that 1200 cal. would be okay to consume and still lose weight. I am sure we all "fall off the wangon" every now and then. We get in trouble when we start eating unhealthy foods on a regular basis.
    Sonja- Bufflo chicken wings 2 weeks postop- ouch!
    Everybody keep up the great job as I will joining you soon in sleeveland!



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    I routinely eat between 1200 and 1400 calories on the advice of my personal trainer and I have continued to lose weight. According to her, 1200 calories is the minimum at which you will not lose muscle, but only fat. So don't beat yourself up. None of us will be perfect on this journey. Best of luck!



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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    I also aim for at least 1200 calories a day, with a goal of between 1200 and 1500. I may not lose as fast as if I kept to 800 or so, but I have a lot more energy than I did at 800, and this feels like a much more sustainable level over the long-term. I just make sure to do protein 1st, then veggies, then carbs for my meals and no snacking.
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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    Calorie wise, you are okay, maybe a bit high for the stage you are in but nothing to be concerned about, and certainly don't beat yourself up! You will be fine. From your post, I can tell you realize what the problem was - grazing on higher calorie foods and not planning your meals and snacks carefully. We must maintain our diligence, because this sleeve is a great tool but needs to be controlled by a brain.

    I sabotaged myself for a couple of weeks in April by not tracking all my foods in SP, and when I would get hungry on those days I made bad choices, e.g. eating a bunch of nuts. I would eat little handfuls at a time, but over the day it added up to a lot. No wonder I didn't lose any weight for 2+ weeks. We don't always make the best choices, but the fact that you are on this forum posting about it and realize what went wrong indicates that you are on the right track to fixing things. It's the people who just give up, don't track or don't change their old habits who are going to fail. No one said this was going to be an easy journey. After 7 1/2 months, I still spend much of my day planning what to eat and tracking what I ate, just so I can continue down the right path. I just know myself well, and know that if I don't plan and track I will get lazy about eating and will stall... or worse. I never want to get where I was before so I am willing to work hard and be diligent. It sounds like you are too. Good luck.
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    Thank you all so much, and Tictac30...I felt like the only one who was making bad choices and being lazy with this program. I have no excuses for eating cookies, cake, whatever....I started out so good, but almost a year after surgery and I'm not at goal. I even went as far as to tell myself AND others...that perhaps I set my GOAL too HIGH!!! Over eaters will lie, cheat, and steal our way out of many programs...heck, I joined Weight Watchers so many times they felt sorry for me and offered to make me a charter member anyway!!! Not really of course but you all know what I mean....I would feel so guilty and undeserving of even being on this forum...I would read how well everyone was doing and be so happy for all of you, then feel so stupid and inadequate for not doing my best! So after reading this, I'm going to go take a walk, start a new habit of having an early morning walk....thank you for posting this...most folks would not want to admit our mess ups...I feel like I can say HELP now and not be judged...thank God for this forum...and for all of you folks!


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    Default Re: Overeating, a rude shock!

    1200 cals is not that bad! I agree with Russian Blue that at this early stage, it might just be a little high, but nothing off the wall! Don't beat yourself up! Just wake up the following day and go back to the program. Don't let it become a habit and you will be fine! Big hugs to you!

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