I've found that calories are kind of crazy. As an adult female I should be eating somewhere close to 2,000 calories every day. This is what things look like on a typical day for me:
- Breakfast: 1 breakfast sandwich or 1 toaster pastry - 180-240 calories
- Lunch: 1 prefabbed bowl of salad or 1 microwavable bowl of a Lean Cuisine meal - 180 - 290 calories
- Sometimes Snack: - Varies - 180-200 calories
- Dinner: Varies dramatically, but typically a piece of chicken and some rice - 300 - 400 calories
- Evening Snack: 1 brownie - 160 calories
So, my calorie from foods each day is about 1300 or lower.
What I think kills me most is my drinks though. I don't drink water, but, instead, I'll have up to one glass of milk a day and then multiple glasses of sweetened tea (green tea or black tea sweetened with honey or sugar). That's, like, 100 calories per 8 ozs (which is about a glass but could be 3/4 of a glass).
So, while I'm not gaining weight I can see why I have some extra weight. This isn't how I've always eaten, of course, but I've been keeping a closer eye on it.
I'm thinking of cutting back with my tea and mixing with water. Like, instead of pouring a full glass of tea, pour 1/4 of water and 3/4 with tea. Then slowly go up to 1/2 tea and 1/2 water. Then 1/4 tea and 3/4 water. I'm not sure if it'll work but I'm thinking it might help a little with lower sugar and calorie intake, which is just generally healthy.