I am new to all of this. My doctor told me to count my calories and get in 10,000 steps a day. He said I should do about 300-400 calories per meal, 3 meals a day. I feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what I can and can’t have. Any tips to lose weight or any recipes that y’all want to share would be greatly appreciated. Do I have to do 3 meals a day? What if I just do 2 meals at 600 calories per meal?
I did 1200 calories with exercise most of last year. I rarely eat breakfast and prefer having a brunch after exercise. If you stick to non processed food (anything that you have to cook yourself and doesn’t come out of a package) you get more bang for the calories. I like to stick to eating a lot of the same things and have them as a meal and not as snacks. I do have one treat every day; it’s processed though…a diet jello (5 calories) and light cool whip (25 calories). Try printing out calories of things you eat that are low in calories and plan your menus ahead of time. Within a few weeks you will have a lot of the things memorized.
I give myself 1200 cals per day, doesn’t matter when I eat them. So sometimes I have all three meals, sometimes just two, on a particularly bug dinner day, one! 10,000 steps is easier than you think once you get going, YouTube a lady called Leslie sansone, she’s ace, walking workouts!
When you’re just getting into it, just try to stick to your calorie limit. As you go on you can figure out what works for you. I tend to do 400 breakfast, 200 lunch (a salad), and I like to spend the rest on dinner and a dessert. Sometimes if I know I’ll be going out for dinner, I’ll fast or have a protein shake for the rest of the day. Calorie counting is very flexible. The My Fitness Pal app helps me tremendously – so simple to count! A lot of us incorporate other diet plans into calorie counting – some are low carb, some count macronutrients, some do intermittent fasting. I do the Mediterranean diet per my doctor’s recommendations. You’ll do great!