Hello from sunny COLD Northern Virginia!
I have been lurking around here for quite some time. Garnering information about cycling, nutrition, weight control, etc and have what may be a very basic, silly question but I honestly don't know the answer.
First some info. I am a 5' 11" 43 year old Male currently weighing 230lbs (down from 270 on Oct 01, 08). In order to get here, I started riding a bike and eating smarter. For the past few months, I was keeping my daily calorie intake to around 2000 - 2300 per day. I refused to stop drinking though and made allowances for food intake so I could have my "beloved booze" and still maintain my calorie goal.
I have since seen the error of my ways and stopped drinking, but now find that my caloric intake has dropped to around 1200 cal per day as a result. I will list a normal daily menu in a moment, but I honestly find it hard to eat more, as I am just not hungry and don't want to get back in the habbit of eating "just because". Now don't get me wrong, i wasn't partaking of 800 CAL a day from booze! Don't forget the miixers and the drinking snacks... *SIGH* What a waste!
A normal day includes:
1/2 serving of Steel Cut Oats with Splenda, skim milk, and blueberries - 80 CAL
1 Cup coffee - 0 CAL
Apple - 75 CAL
Caesar Chicken Wrap consisting of the following:
3 oz baked chicken breast - 110 cal
1 TBS Caesar Dressing - 66 CAL
1 TBS Shredded Parm Cheese - 20 CAL
1/2 Cup shredded Romaine Lettuce - 4 CAL
1 Low Cal Flatbread Wrap - 90 CAL
1 Weight Watcher Pecan Crown - 50 CAL
2 oz Baked Chicken - 75 CAL
1 Oz Potato Chips - 152 CAL
Lean Cuisine Chicken Ranch Philly - 330 CAL
Veggies (Carrots, Celery, Cucumber, Bell Pepper) - 32 CAL
2 TBS Light Ranch Dressing - 77 CAL
1 Weight Watchers Pecan Crown - 50 CAL
TOTAL DAILY CALS - 1211
So now that that is out of the way, on to the silly question...
Is it better to eat something "Bad" during the day to make up the missing calories (ie candy bar, chips, regular soda pop, etc...) or just try to start trying to eat larger/more meals to make up for it. I mean, I know I will not be able to continue to lose weight or even function on 1200 CAL a day!
I mean, as most of you going through this know, making up 800 calories in HEALTHY food per day can be a LOT of food.
Thanks for wading through all of this and for any help you can offer.