Hi everyone, I am new here. Today is the first day of my weight loss plan. I have been weighing various ingredients and recording calories & fibre content to calculate weight loss suitability/adaptation of my favourite meals. I have also cobbled together/devised/copied various meals under 330 calories which can be tweaked to higher or lower calorie content depending on hunger/snack needs. Out comes the lever arch file and several pages later I have a handy little section on calories/weights of various ingredients I use regularly too. I would like to share if I can find a way to photograph my UNDER 330 CALORIES GO TO FOODS. All this so that I do not just wander into the kitchen and stuff slice after slice of bread into the toaster when I'm 'hungry'. So that I can still work quickly in the kitchen I have also weighed, say 30g of Buckwheat into a small container which I leave in the packet/jar so I can just quickly scoop out the 30g rather than weighing each time I cook. I've done the same with a larger container for pasta. Weighing food & recording things down really helps me to focus on how many calories I am actually consuming.
330 CALORIES & LOWER - RECIPE CHALLENGE - Weight Loss NHS
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Hello and welcome, Tokovaig
I used to keep a notebook with calorie counts of 100gms of all my regular ingredients but my meals weren't as low as 330 calories. What are you planning on for your calorie total for the day?
If you use the NHS BMI calculator, you will find a range appropriate to you. I aimed for the middle of that range and lost 1 lb a week while following the 12 week plan. If you're thinking of 3 meals of 330 cals, that would be very low, but maybe you're very short and don't have much to lose.
Yes I agree that 3 meals at 330 would be very low but my calorie meals are just a basic guide to have either as a lunch, breakfast or as a snack/meal depending on my needs. The ten favourites I have calculated are a GO TO in case I panic. I have calculated higher calorie versions of each meal by adding other ingredients, for example, I could have a poached egg on toast with tinned plum tomatoes, but I could add another egg and/or another slice of toast (without butter and bread is 55cals per slice) To be honest, the meals I normally make are stews/soups/curries so when making a big pot for the family it is hard for me to count the calories like that. I am aiming at a total of 1,300 calories per day but I haven't attempted the BMI calculator yet as I cannot face measuring my waist, which I know sounds a bit soft but I was so shocked at finding my weight has increased so much, that was enough reality for me haha. I like your idea of a notebook, it is handy too. I'm using an A4 lever arch file haha. Thank you for your suggestion of checking the BMI calculator, I will take a look when I feel brave enough to measure my waist.
Thanks Tiggerr - I have now used the BMI calculator. I have noticed a lot of comments about avoiding too few calories as this just piles back on the weight, which is interesting. My activity level is very low due to my disability and pain on moving but I can increase upper body movement at the gym and I can work a little on an exercise bike, just not joined a gym yet!
Glad you're taking comments on board as there's a lot of knowledge here
Don't fret about your inability to exercise too much. You'll have noticed that part of the NHS BMI calculator is that you can add the level of exercise you're currently able to manage. There are people here losing weight who are in similar situations to yours or even more challenged but are able to lose weight, which is 80-90% managing what and how much you eat.
Best of luck, keep involved and you will achieve your goals.
I think if you rely on meals of 330 cals, you'll definitively panic You'll be just plain hungry and you don't need to be hungry to lose weight.
Please find the range appropriate for you and have confidence in it, rather than punishing yourself with an unsuitably low intake. As babss says, you don't need your waist measurement to calculate your BMI.
And then join the Daily Diary, or start by browsing and seeing others' food choices
Thank you. I can add to the 330 for a meal or lower it for a snack, they are really simple recipes which can be added to or reduced depending on if I need a snack or depending on if I need a meal. For example,
I can have 2 poached eggs on 2 slices of toast with half a tin of baked beans,
or I can have one poached egg on 3 slices of toast, with half a tin of baked beans,
or I can have 3 slices of toast with half a tin of plum tomatoes and a poached egg
or I can have half a tin of tomatoes (or fresh ones) on one slice of toast for a snack
I have devised meals with avocado, pasta and various tinned beans (cannellini, butter beans, adzuki beans, chick peas, black beans), Buckwheat salads, home made hummus with veg sticks etc. And I have done the same thing with each recipe (raising or reducing the calorie content depending on if they are a light snack, lunch or main meal). I find this a whole lot simpler than making stews and casseroles.
Each meal I have devised has a really easy way of either upping the calories if I am needing a full meal, or reducing down the calories if I just want a snack. I hope this is clearer.
I have used the BMI calculator thank you