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Loops
Monday, May 13, 2013, 2:07pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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so I think there is a calorie calculator on this site somewhere - that is the one I used and it came out at around 2300 calories for me - which if I were counting is probably what I end up eating although probably sometimes I eat more if I have had an especially hard tennis lesson etc.  My point was active restriction is bad - that is, eating less than you desire is counterproductive in the long run.  If the food is good for you, your body should respond by telling you to eat however much you need - it shouldn't be a conscious effort.  I will never do another diet that requires calorie restriction.  There is a great site that I will try to find that although aimed at people recovering from eating disorders is a great source of knowledge about restriction in general and the long term effects.

How many calories do you think you are eating if you don't mind me asking?  To be honest, part of the reason I first came to do the blood type diet was that the foods Dr D recommended for me were the ones that wouldn't put the weight on and the avoids always made me feel like c**p and gain - so it was a win win (apart from postpartum craziness!).
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You're not a Gatherer, are you Loops?

Sometimes, what my body "desires" is different from what it "needs." By "listening to my body" I'm VERY likely to end up overeating.


Sometimes it helps to go a day or two "eating from my head" rather than "eating from my gut" to reset my appetite to be more in line with what my body actually needs. By the 3rd day, my appetite catches up, or I'll start to eat more- if it hasn't reset by then, it isn't going to. Long term calorie restriction isn't going to work- but sometimes I need to be uncomfortable for a day or two to establish healthier eating habits.

The last time I consciously reset my eating patterns, I decided that I should aim to eat every 2-3 hours (and not just snack all day as I'd managed to unconsciously let myself do.) There were times when I felt hungry an hour after eating. I held back, letting myself get hungry and cranky for another hour and a half before having another snack or small meal. I wasn't limiting my portions- I ate when  I was hungry and stopped when I was full. But if I got hungry again less than 2 hours later, I dealt with the  discomfort rather than gorge myself. After a few days, I didn't have to think about it- I didn't get hungry again so soon.


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I am an explorer - all apart from the weight problems.  Which make me more like a gatherer.

I can't seem to work out how to put that in my profile??  It doesn't seem to have an option for it.
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I am not sure this is what is being asked, but in case it is:

Profile information appearing beneath the blood type icon is entered in a text field called "Personal Message." Type in whatever you want up to the maximum number of characters.

Instructions on entering the profile information:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-ref/m-1219018887/#num1


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Quoted from Loops
I never tracked calories and I never will.  I tracked compliance.  I still stand by what I said - in the short term restricting calories can work but the body knows how much food it needs and the long term results aren't so great once you start fighting against it.  A good diet shouldn't need you to restrict calories to be at a good weight if it is healthy.  That isn't just my opinion - there are some studies on this.  But of course - one must find his/her own way.  I know the frustration of not losing weight....not trying to be inflammatory with my posts so sorry if it came across that way.


Loops, I sure would love to see the studies on this. As for me, I have to keep track of calories (or at least portions for that matter) ...I tend to be like a bottomless pit...always have been since I was a kid.   I always had such a small body for my 5'7" frame. I was always around 118-120 lb in my late teens and never gave a flip about what I ate or how much. After I got into my early 20s it was like s switch flipped and I gained about 20 lbs. I'm around 140 now and have to track how much I eat so I won't be huge one day. I wish I could be like my husband and best friend ( who have both managed to stay lean) and just be "mindful" of my food intake without over eating. << suggestions from anyone would be much appreciated about doing this...although I'm pretty sure I will never be able to.

I'm going to agree though that everyone is different.


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Of course. You can do whatever you want.

Since you are counting all the calories. you may want to adjust yourself.

If you want the software to do it for for you, select normal size/normal frequency and substantially cut back the setting used for the activity level.

I adjusted my serving sizes to normal size/normal frequency and chose a sedentary lifestyle and then went back and changed it to exercise 6-7 days/week and the portion sizes and frequency are exactly the same!...I wonder why? That was such a good idea  


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I just tested the software and did not see the change that I thought occurred with increasing exercise.


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oh great thanks!  I will look up those studies again - there are a few of them - I don't have them to hand but am sure I can find them.

I also don't have ANY changes in my swami when I put in higher or lower weight etc.  Bigger portions just gets me more rice.  But to be honest, I just use the portions as a guideline - like, I wouldn't eat a huge plate of rice by itself kind of thing.  But if I am hungry, for sure I eat more than what is recommended.  I still hope to have success doing things this way - because otherwise I will have to go back to low carb and I felt really bad doing that - although I lost weight (only lost with no dairy) it was extremely restrictive and I felt tired all the time, even after the initial transition to burning fat instead of sugar.
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so the studies are on this site - youreatopia.com - I am trying to find them again because that site is a bit of a maze!  But they are there.  She talks about set points.  The site btw is about restrictive eating disorders but really that applies to most people today who are actively trying to lose weight she claims.  I tend to agree mostly...
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The last time I changed SWAMI to my lower weight, a large number of my servings doubled! As long as I keep my exercise steady, I keep losing, even with the larger servings.


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Loops, I respectfully submit to you that you are presenting "studies" as if they are fact.  A study is just another persons opinion.  Backed up with their reasons and science as to why they have this opinion.  It is not always all fact.  It might be convincing, or wise, or have some truth in it.  

For me, I struggle with knowing how much is good enough without tracking calories.  Just as ruthie said.  Sometimes some of us don't hear what our bodies are telling us as well as we should.  Or, because of disease or issues, our body isn't working properly to tell us properly.  For so long, I didn't want to eat anything.  And when I did eat, it didn't digest very well anyways.  And it was a huge struggle.  Therefore, I lost weight terribly.  It was only until I started tracking my calories that I started to gain weight.  Which I needed to horribly.  Lest you think I'm exxaggerating, I was down to 114 and I'm 5'8".  And before I had health problems I was 170 pounds.  I was overweight then, but I think a good weight for me is about 145 or so.  Last night I hit 140.5.  Praise God!!!

You are entitled to your opinion.  But what works for you isn't always going to work for everyone else.  Even if every doctor out there shouted "Don't count calories", I'd tell them all to go pack sand.  It's just that simple.  Because at this point in my life, it helps to track them.  I might not always have to.  But for now, it's a good thing.  Please be careful disparaging people what works for them, or what they feel like they need to do at some point in their life.  We are all individuals, dealing with situations.  Some situations are the same, but what overcomes these situations is not always the same for you as it is for someone else.  


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