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Hi!  I am currently trying to overhaul my diet.  I am what is considered morbidly obese (I weigh 396 lbs).  I have been using the Lose It! weight loss app to track my calories and I have been going to a strength training class on Mondays, Wednesday's and Fridays.  I have been going for two weeks now and staying under (barely) the recommended calories (to lose 2 pounds a week) that the app suggested.  Well, I ended up gaining like a pound.  It kinda makes one want to give up, but I am not.  Here is what I eat M-F: for breakfast 3 large eggs and 3 slices of low sodium turkey bacon, for lunch I have a frozen evol meal which varies between 300 to 500 calories depending on the meal, and for a snack, if I am hungry, I will have either an apple and peanut butter or clementine oranges and then for dinner it's usually something that we make at home but the calories are usually in the 800-900 range.  I know that sounds like ALOT of calories.  The app has me at 2500 a day to lose 2 pounds a week.  I also know that as I lose weight, the caloric intake will decrease so I am working on smaller portions.  With all that being said, I am wanting to reduce my caloric intake more and eat better(?).  I was thinking about switching out the frozen meal for a meal replacement shake (ideal shape) and doing the same for breakfast and a snack during the day if I get hungry.  I was thinking of doing this because I am not a morning person and so getting up to make the bacon and eggs and take it to work is a pain, I won't meal prep (I have tried it and ended up eating like one days worth of food and the rest got tossed).  I have seen many many meal plans for many many diets and the end result is usually the same, there is so much that I won't eat that it just ends up as not worth it.  So, has anyone tried ideal shape and will is it a good idea to replace my meals with the shake?  Is there ANY ideas about meal plans?  Here is a list of things that I will not eat (as in I have tried them and do not like them) : Hard Boiled eggs, well any egg that isn't scrambled is a no, kale, brussel sprouts, cabbage (unless it's red and in a salad), quinoa, cous cous, artichoke, most fish, most nuts, almond milk, soy milk, tofu, rhubarb and spaghetti squash (I did not like the texture). 


I know this is a long post.  I feel like I am wandering around a dark cave blind here and any help that can be provided would be just the best.  Thank in advance!

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 Well, first off, most of your list of foods you hate make me want to barf as well.  Some of them, like brussels sprouts and tofu, I enjoy it but only eat occasionally.  None of those foods are required for a healthy lifestyle.


The pound you gained is actually quite normal. When people first start exercising again, their muscles suddenly need a lot more energy on a regular basis. Your muscles will adapt to this by storing more energy, and that will cause them to retain water. It's not fat gain, and it has no effect on your appearance, but it does tend to mask the fat you're losing for the first 1-2 months you are regularly exercising. Often the scale will stall, tick up, or only go down very slowly. Usually people gain 5-10 lbs of water weight during that time, then it levels off and you start seeing your fat loss more accurately in the scale.


So don't worry, you're not a freak of nature. Quite the opposite, we have all seen it when we started exercising again (I've just resumed after a long layoff and I'm watching the scale stall even as my waist measurement shrinks). Don't let it have any effect on your actions or your plan.


A lot of folks will chime in here to say that your 800-900 calories a day is quite low. They are correct, but not because it will put you in physical danger. It takes an extremely long time undereating, even severely, for people to develop health problems. And as an obese person, you have a bit of a superpower here: you're largely immune to the health problems that very lean people have to watch out for when they drop calories severely. This actually gives you a lot of flexibility to try different things as you diet. You don't have to get it all right at once (though you may understandably want to).


The only problem with eating so little is that it is fairly tough mentally, especially for the first month or two.


More thoughts, but I will save them for sometime non-business hours. By all means, post any more questions you have.

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meal replacement shakes aren't ideal (although there are some tasty versions out there). As for missing fiber, all the ones I've had have had fiber in them. But you can make your own: baby spinach, frozen fruit to taste, water and a scoop of protein powder in a blender and go. It'll give you everything from a meal replacement, and you can control what goes in. If you need more carbs: add rolled oats to the mix, and if you need fat, add peanut butter/nuts that you like or olive oil. 


What Paul G is talking about is a vlcd (very low calorie diet), and under severe situations, they work quite well. There's even a guy who fasted for over a year to lose weight (drank water, got regular health checkups and I think there was either vitamin injections or multivitamin tablets, I'm not sure). However, you do need to fuel your workouts. So long as you do that, you should be okay on a vlcd if that's the way you want to go. It's not the path I would go down personally however, or even the meal replacements, because it doesn't help you figure out what to do when you're done with the weight-loss. You're going to need to figure out what your healthy lifestyle is going to look like long term, and just start trying to move in that direction. In the mean time, the shakes will help you get started.

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