Originally Posted by wydok
I'm doing my own diet of about 1200 - 1400 calories per day. I eat cereal (usually Total, Cheerios, or Kashi Go Lean Crunch) with milk and orange juice for breakfast. Sometimes it will be two Ego waffles or a 300 calorie bagel. I will also take a One-a-Day men's vitamin. I used to take one low dose aspirin, but stopped that after losing my first 30lbs lost or so.
Morning snack will be either fruit or protein (triscuits and an ounce of cheese, or a cheese stick, or beef jerky, or nuts)
Lunch consists of a sandwich on whole wheat bread with about 1 - 2 ounces of deli meat with baby spinach and a tomato slice, a serving of vegetables (carrots or peppers) or a small can of V8, fruit, and possibly something dairy (vogurt, sugar free pudding, or cheese), depending on what I had for snack that day. If I am eating lunch at home, maybe I'll have soup instead. If I want to treat myself and go out for lunch, I'll get a personal pizza or a 6 inch sub (one of the 6 grams of fat or less ones) from Subway.
I will have an afternoon snack of microwave popcorn, or one of the protein snacks listed earlier if I didn't have it in the morning or with lunch. I will try to limit this to 100 calories, though.
Dinner will be a Lean Cuisine (or maybe a Healthy Choice dinner). Sometimes I will eat the same dinner we make for our children if I can give myself a portion that would be roughly the same amount of calories as a Lean Cuisine (250 - 300).
If I have calories left, I will have a small dessert, like a 1/2 cup of ice cream, or a couple of Hershey kisses, or something else small.
In all, I can do this in about 1200 calories. Of course, sometimes I will have to cut out one of the two snacks, or dessert, or might end up around 1300 or 1400 calories, which isn't the end of the world. The key is portion control. Triscuits and cheese won't kill you as long as you stick to one serving of each (a total of 230 calories or so). This way, I don't deprive myself of stuff I like, but I have basically change my lifestyle. Once I am done to my weight goal, I can eat the type of foods I want, but not gorge myself (which was my old problem).
I also make sure to drink somewhere around 60ozs of liquid per day. Usually 8oz of coffee (half-decaf, early morning), 8oz of decaf tea, 20oz of fresh brewed decaf iced tea, and 20oz of water.
I usually keep the calorie count in my head and forgo using the FitDay food log. But I decided to start it up again today, at least for a little while, to make sure I am estimating correctly. I do use FitDay for tracking my weight loss.
Sticking to a low calorie diet (along with walking or other exercise a few times a week) I've lost 77lbs since June. I've gone from 257lbs to 180 (well, actually 179.8!). I have about 15 1/2lbs to reach my goal of 164.4 (the top of my healthy weight range for my height).