Also, thank you very much for replying to me.
Originally Posted by feversandmirrors
I usually eat between 600 and 800 or 900 calories a day. Usually towards 900 now, but on the very lowest 600.
I have weight control oatmeal for lunch every day because it has 160 calories and it keeps me full. I always have chicken or some type of meat for dinner or a "Smart Ones" microwave dinner that ranges from 200-300 calories. For breakfast I have eggbeaters or diet toast or grits. Something along those lines.
My therapist told me also about Atkins bars which I occasionally have, since they are high in protein and I complained of always being tired.
That is way too low. You should be aiming for around 1800 - 2000 per day for your height/sex depending on what exercise you take etc. Going below a 1000 calories a day deprives your brain of essentail energy and long term causes brain damage and also heart damage. It takes a minimum of 600 calories a day just to keep your brain working!
Also, you are obviously not getting ANY proper nutrition. It's no wonder your health is as poor as it is.
Although you need protein eating protein bars is not the answer and a diet high in protein but lacking in essential nutrition is associated with heart damage, heart attacks and strokes.
It is possible for you to keep the weight you are (if that is what you want) and up your calories intake and up your nutrition. For example why don't you eat lots of fruit and veg? You can't say those would pile on the pounds!!!!
Avoid ready meals - they are full of hidden calories in sugar and fat anyway. Why don't you cook yourself a chicken stir fry - actually low in calories but would do your health a lot of good. Maybe plan to start with replacing three ready meals a week with a chicken stir fry. Also Fish, fish is VERY low in fat and calories (and any fat in them is Good fat) so you wouldn't be piling on the calories by eating some fresh grilled fish a few times a week, or even a tin of sardines on toast (you can even get those tinned in spring water not oil)
Obviously you should be eating more calories or you ARE going to get VERY ILL. But until you are ready to eat more calories why not at least replace the calories you are having with nutritious food that is actually worth eating!
Why don't you replace diet toast with ordinary bread? The so called diet bread isn't any more likely to make you lose weight, in fact it's usually full of additives and sugars - so makes you gain weight!
Just a few suggestions.
- Breakfast, replace diet bread with ordinary wholemeal bread. Tinned sardines or grilled tomatoes on the toast. Fruit juice or a fruit smoothie drink. OR Real oats porridge topped with fresh or tinned fruit.
- Lunch, Lentil based soup with vegetable in it. Grilled fish with salad.
- Dinner, Chicken stir fry with noodles or rice (add soy sauce to the stir fry). Pasta with vegetables and a tomato based herb sauce.
Also, to eat throughout the day - carrot sticks, apples and pears, a few grapes, sunflower seeds or other seeds.
You can see from those suggestions that you would still be eating what is a low calorie diet (if that is what you want) but at the same time you would be increasing your health and energy levels. You could easily alter your current diet to some or all of these ideas without having to make big changes.
At the very least you wouldn't feel tired all the time!