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Curious about nutrition
1/17/13 4:40 PM
I am very new at this whole Beachbody thing. I am presently doing the Insanity workout only in week two at the moment but doing my workout everyday. I have also been watching my calories and keeping my intake at around 1900 calories. my question is, is keeping my intake at around 1900 calories per day with 5 "meals" a day helpful enough? or should I be following a more regimented course of eating?
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/18/13 6:25 AM as a reply to Kltd84.
Hello Kltd84, We would need to know your age, height, weight and if possible your body fat % to be able to determine your calorie intake per day as all these factor influence your needed calories intake per day.
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/18/13 6:25 AM as a reply to Kltd84.
The idea of 5 meals a day is great, smaller meals help to keep your blood sugar levels stable and your metabolism working all day.

If you'd like help calculating your correct calorie intake (either post or message me) your age, weight and height and I'd be happy to do that for you.

Congratulations on starting Insanity!

Coach Donna
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/19/13 4:37 AM as a reply to CoachDonna12.
Knew I had forgotten something. I am a 28 year old male. 5'7" and approximately 185 lbs not 100% I that as my scale isn't the greatest. Also I am in the dark about my body fat%, need to try and get a ribbon measure at some point. Thank you for the replies.
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/19/13 6:58 AM as a reply to Kltd84.
Your maintenance calorie is 2900. You should aim for 2400 calories to lose weight. You could go a little lower but i wouldn't go lower than 2100.

Adjust your macros to 50% protein / 30% Carbs and 20% Fat and track it with myfitnesspal.com

Good luck!
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/19/13 7:11 AM as a reply to Kltd84.
I'd say around the 2500 is a good place to start. It might have to be adjusted depending on how you feel.

Don't worry about meal frequency, it doesn't matter if you eat once a day or 8 times a day, just do what works best for your schedule and satiety.
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/19/13 12:56 PM as a reply to Kltd84.
Ya my calculations come up with about 2450, so if it were me I'd go with 2400 at 30% protein 50% carb 20% fat and see how that works out for you.

You can eat 1 big meal a day, 2, 3, 4, doesn't matter how you spread them out. Just keep it clean and get em' in before your head hits the pillow. Also try to keep 60% of your calories at least post workout so your body is more primed to use them for repair and protein synthesis.
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/19/13 6:33 PM as a reply to Kltd84.
One of the biggest advantages of eating a few small meals each day compared to 1 -3 larger meals is that you dont allow yourself to reach the "hunger" point.

We tend to eat more when we reach that point when we feel hungry. If it doesnt work well for you schedule do what you need to get the calories in each day and till avoid over eating.

Coach Donna
Team Elite Home Fitness
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/20/13 10:58 AM as a reply to Kltd84.
Many people I see, nearly 80% that I work with are much much much more hungry the more often they eat in the day.
Not trying to argue, just showing that everyone is different and that meal frequency is useless.
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/26/13 4:06 PM as a reply to CoachDonna12.
I'm still just a little confused about the concepts. I feel like I've read far too much on this and have confused the hell out of myself. I have been trying to up my calories to 2400 a day but in doing it I just feel like I am eating way too much or i feel like im forcing myself to eat to get in the extra calories. also I am having huge problems making sure my intake consists of a larger percentage of protein, just seems so hard to get almost 300 grams of protein a day. I apologize if it's redundant, but I just am still stumped.
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RE: Curious about nutrition
1/26/13 6:02 PM as a reply to Kltd84.
Kltd84:
I'm still just a little confused about the concepts. I feel like I've read far too much on this and have confused the hell out of myself. I have been trying to up my calories to 2400 a day but in doing it I just feel like I am eating way too much or i feel like im forcing myself to eat to get in the extra calories. also I am having huge problems making sure my intake consists of a larger percentage of protein, just seems so hard to get almost 300 grams of protein a day. I apologize if it's redundant, but I just am still stumped.


if you feel that 2400 is to high I try to drop to 2200 for about a week or two and see how you feel at that level and how your feel during your workouts.

That will still give you a 700 calorie deficit and have enough energy to get through the day and your workout.

Dont apologize, ask until you feel comfortable. The amount of calories the coaches stated is approximate and not for every "body" ... add or subtract 100-200 calories for a few days until you find the range that works for you.

Coach Donna
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