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Am I Eating Enough?

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So I've recently started to exercise again as I've lost some muscle and my waist size has gone up a bit, along with the exercise I'm trying to watch what I eat, especially cutting down on bad saturate…
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
So I've recently started to exercise again as I've lost some muscle and my waist size has gone up a bit, along with the exercise I'm trying to watch what I eat, especially cutting down on bad saturated fat (even though all the nice junk foods are full of it!). But I'm quite hungry some of the time and wondered if I'm eating enough, or if it's just me being greedy.

In the mornings I'll either have a bowl of cereal OR a Special K bar and a cup of tea. Lunch time could be anything between beans on toast, a baguette, sandwiches etc. with juice or coca cola. Dinner could be stir-fry, pasta, jacket potatoes, fish and such. If I have dessert it's usually fruit. I'll sometimes have a snack a jack or two throughout the day as well. Once a week I might have something like Steak to treat myself though, lol.

Exercise is different every day, on Monday I swam for an hour, yesterday I did half an hour of weights followed by a bike ride and today I'm likely to go for a jog and do weights again and I'll exercise on 5 of the 7 days of the week.

I'm just wondering now that I'm more active am I eating enough, or should I pack in another small snack or just have a bigger lunch or dinner?

Any help would be appreciated!
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6y, 9m agoPosted 6 years, 9 months ago
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I don't know if it's a question of eating enough, but you should definitely be adding a lot of protein to your diet (fish, chicken etc) because you're exercising so much. That should help I would have thought.
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The food you are eating is generally simple carbohydrates (i.e. sugar). This will fill you up for a small amount of time but your body will burn through it quickly and you'll be hungry again. I would suggest cutting out the cereal, the special K bars, toast, pasta and definitely the juice/coke. Really you need fruit like apples, pears which are not absorbed to quickly, try porridge for breakfast. Brown rice and basmati rice (in moderation) is a good replacement for potatoes and pasta. Lean meat is ok to eat as your body needs some fat and protein for cell and muscle production.
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i would say no you are not eating enough not with all that exercise.
i wouldnt worry too much about how much you eat whilst exercising just do the usually cut outs such as biscuits/crisps/chocolate etc i did this a while back and lost weight really easy as i think exercise is the main thing that allows you to drop weight.
and it was so easy as i didnt have to calorie count etc.

also follow these rules.
for breakfast eat like a king
lunch like a queen
and dinner like a porper.
it works as you are getting the more calories whilst you are active in the day.
#4
Thanks a lot for the info guys, will deffo take that into account and change my eating habits! =)
Rep for y'all.
#5
HI,

Ive been dieting and training since Jan (Low Carb diet and daily training Cardio/Weights). Have lost over 2 stone in a few months, but also noticed am losing muscle mass, and the training is not paying off in the physique dept as I thought. Have concluded its due to lack of protein - CRITICAL in building/reparing muscle - so am now taking Whey protien shakes few times a day.

Daily protein should be weight (kg) x 0.8; or when training weight x 1.4-1.7 to get the grams of protein you need.
#6
I'd disagree with the person who said cut out rice and pasta - these are 'high satiety' foods which will keep you feeling fuller for longer, and they release slow-burn energy. It's not a matter of how much you eat in terms of weight or size...but you should just eat until you are satisfied, then stop. Remember, food takes a good 10-15 minutes to get down you before you feel it, so eat slowly so you don't end up over-eating.

The 'breakfast like a king...' advice is very sensible, but the problem with eating small meals for dinner is that your mind will end up telling you that you crave something. Don't starve yourself at dinner time - you'll only end up having that slice of toast or bag of crisps when you could have avoided it. The majority of people who are obese have their problems in their heads...cravings etc are human nature, but do all you can to avoid snacking.

Other than, that, keep up the exercise and you'll be fine! Well done, and good luck!
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ARMADO;8641898

Daily protein should be weight (kg) x 0.8; or when training weight x 1.4-1.7 to get the grams of protein you need.


I use the above but use 1.8 instead of 1.4-1.7 - depends on how much weight training your getting in (I do about 8 hours a week). Also upped my protein shakes to 3 a day (around 135g per day + food) and can feel the benefits after only a short period of time.
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SirBargainsALot
I'd disagree with the person who said cut out rice and pasta - these are 'high satiety' foods which will keep you feeling fuller for longer, and they release slow-burn energy. It's not a matter of how much you eat in terms of weight or size...but you should just eat until you are satisfied, then stop. Remember, food takes a good 10-15 minutes to get down you before you feel it, so eat slowly so you don't end up over-eating.

The 'breakfast like a king...' advice is very sensible, but the problem with eating small meals for dinner is that your mind will end up telling you that you crave something. Don't starve yourself at dinner time - you'll only end up having that slice of toast or bag of crisps when you could have avoided it. The majority of people who are obese have their problems in their heads...cravings etc are human nature, but do all you can to avoid snacking.

Other than, that, keep up the exercise and you'll be fine! Well done, and good luck!


Thanks for the info.

Hey, I ain't obese, lol! I'm 6'3" and weigh 13 1/2 Stone! =P

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