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Old 04-03-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
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No wonder I was losing weight.

So, I posted about losing weight earlier this week. I started tracking my food intake Monday and I am shocked.

Monday :
2048 calories, 160fat, 49carbs , 119protein

Tuesday:
2319 calories 167fat, 121carbs, 104protein

Wednesday:
2368 calories 170fat, 125 carbs, 104 protein

This is with great effort to make sure I am eating more. My carbs are up this week as I have having some orange juice with my vit c(sodium ascorbate powder) to help fight off a cold.

Now I am trying to figure out exactly how much protein and fat I do need. Especially considering that I am nursing and exercising. Not a lot of info on both those things. Spark People says I only need 1400-1700 cal- of course that doesn't take into consideration of either of those things- I would pass out with that little amount of food.

any thoughts or criticisms, I'm all ears.
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:17 AM   #2
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

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So, I posted about losing weight earlier this week. I started tracking my food intake Monday and I am shocked.

Monday :
2048 calories, 160fat, 49carbs , 119protein

Tuesday:
2319 calories 167fat, 121carbs, 104protein

Wednesday:
2368 calories 170fat, 125 carbs, 104 protein

This is with great effort to make sure I am eating more. My carbs are up this week as I have having some orange juice with my vit c(sodium ascorbate powder) to help fight off a cold.

Now I am trying to figure out exactly how much protein and fat I do need. Especially considering that I am nursing and exercising. Not a lot of info on both those things. Spark People says I only need 1400-1700 cal- of course that doesn't take into consideration of either of those things- I would pass out with that little amount of food.

any thoughts or criticisms, I'm all ears.
Eat, eat, eat! 1400-1700 k/cals sounds like way too little for an active, nursing woman.
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Old 04-03-2008, 08:35 AM   #3
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

Yes, I guess I need to make sure I am getting in snacks as well. I was doing more searching and it seems the recommended protein is .7-1 g per lb- so I think I am ok there- I am still figuring out how to figure out the ratios everyone talks about .
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:45 AM   #4
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

Amanda,
I too was a nursing, exercising mom. I know I ate at least 2400 calories at that time. You probably have a very fast metabolism too. Sometimes you have to ignore the charts that say how many calories a woman should eat. You know how your engine runs, so feed it appropriately. I too would faint on 1200 kcal a day. And, you don't want to affect your milk supply. Good luck!
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Old 04-03-2008, 09:53 AM   #5
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

a nursing mom requires on average additional 1000-1200 to their existing diets. Some lactation specialist say 500 - 1000 is fine, and If i remember right the la leche league asks for 1200.

hope this helps.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:30 AM   #6
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

hmm, well I had always heard 300-500 , but just looked it up again after reading these responses. I see alot of the 300-500- but as far as calorie count I see that no less than 2100 is recommended and at least 2400-2500 for some women, and that is not taking into account exercise. So, it seems that I should be getting in 2500 and some extra on workout days. Man, I felt I was eating a lot as it was, without the grains and dairy that limits the option. I guess I can feel free to eat more nuts. I think I am going to keep logging my food intake so I can keep an eye that I am eating enough and watch my fat and protein intake.
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Old 04-03-2008, 10:54 AM   #7
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

now you can understand why in some cultures the women, eat the placenta shortly after birthing, to replace blood loss by increasing iron, and protein replacement and calorie bomb to help with the milk production.

Agreed, its alot. Again it really boils down to how your feeding, demand or by the clock. The demanding kid is going to most likely require the higher cal value, vs the clock kid.
But then again, why not give your child better quality feedings for the short term and later on, you just reintroduce yourself quality crossfit.
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Old 04-03-2008, 11:35 AM   #8
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

not sure what you are saying. You think that I should not do crossfit while nursing? I think the answer lies more in increasing my food intake. My baby is almost 1 yr old, I have never had milk supply issues. I really watch my food quality as well. I feed on demand. I will nurse her for at least another year- I don't see any reason that I shouldn't do crossfit until then. However, I do agree that I am definitely not eating enough.
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:30 PM   #9
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

hey amanda, how are you getting most of your fat?! 170g is huge, you must be drinking EVOO! How many ounces of nuts do you consume already per day?

I never knew that nursing put such high caloric demands on your body, wow, I would have a hard time eating 1000 calories extra each day.

Good luck getting your calories up!
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Old 04-03-2008, 01:36 PM   #10
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Re: No wonder I was losing weight.

no.. didnt say that ..not to crossfit.

I was implying that if the extra calories are going to cause any weight gain for you, once your done nursing.. there always crossfit.

sorry I should have been explicit verse implicit.

If its still not explicit, inbox me.. better to explain it there than bore the board.

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