Hi! *waves to the other newbie* I just joined today myself and am officially starting my new nutrition program tomorrow after meeting with a nutritionist today that my doctor sent me to. I posted a LENGTHY new member message detailing my background/medical and why I'm here etc. Probably a bit too much reading for most but needed to say it.
I can tell you what my nutritionist did today for me though. She worked up my resting metabolic rate and worked out how many calories I should have a day and discussed my soft drink addiction. (It came VERY close to matching the totals on FitDay once I did all my entires.
The horrible thing I learned today is that I have been consuming almost half my daily calories in Dr. Pepper rather than food. I never really realized HOW badly addicted I was to them or paid any attention to how many I drank! Once I saw what my non-"diet" totals of food were today I was shocked and thought wow...this isn't even going to be hard to do once I kick the soda habit. I can eat SO much more than I thought I could. She has me on 2300 calories a day...I'm pretty heavy...358 pounds.
Snacks were a BIG part of what she included in my plan and she said that I should eat most of my calories prior to 6 p.m. and that breakfast should be my "big" meal of the day. I can have 3 snacks a day, 2 of them more than 200 calories and my evening snack around 110 calories. Other 3 meals should range be around 575 calories. Not sure if this helps you at all but she also offered the advice that "a calorie is a calorie" so if you are just DYING for a candy bar, have it, but be sure to count it and think of it as a treat.
Since I have so much to lose, she wants me to have smaller mini-goals, first 35 pounds, then we'll set another goal. My ultimate goal is to lose 210 pounds.
So here's wishing us both luck!