How much can I eat?

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    Dec 12, 2007 2:01 PM GMT
    How do you know how many calories you can eat each day?

    I lost 50 lbs several years ago on Weight Watchers. I know, I'm a girl for being on WW, whatever. Anyway, as a result I know exactly how many calories--well, points--I can have each day to maintain.

    But now that I'm building muscle, I'm not sure. WW doesn't cover this. Can anyone point me to a formula or website that tells me how much to eat each day?

    Unrelated: what do you guys think of diet soda?
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    Dec 12, 2007 5:25 PM GMT
    I don’t know about the first part of this other than, you are a woman if you have the chromosomes and mentality. If WW works for you, stay on it.
    But I know something about the second. My parents are in the medical field and used to drink diet sodas. They stopped drinking it because of the chemical called aspartame. It has different reactions for people such as headaches, to dizziness, to little spasms even. They even believe that it can cause cancers. (Another reason they stopped chewing certain gums) But they have said that, in moderation and less frequency, aspartame is less harmful. I dunno.
    One day, I just quit drinking sodas a long time ago and I feel healthier. Now I need to quit coffee . . . but . . . but . . . I do so love the caffeine! . . . icon_twisted.gif . . . Caffeine!!
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    Dec 12, 2007 7:14 PM GMT
    Diet Dr. Pepper rules!! YUMM! I pace myself.
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    Dec 12, 2007 10:58 PM GMT
    Don't let anyone give you sh!t over WW. You lost a large amount of weight and I assume you're keeping it off. Good for you, you found something that works and now you're looking for ways of moving to the next level. Soon guys will be too distracted to care how you lost the weight.

    Can't help you with the calorie question, I've sort of wondered it too and wonder if I'm eating too much or not enough. I would like to be a bit beefier and not getting there, so I wonder if I need to consult a nutritionist.

    As for diet sodas, I'm not sure any soda is great for you. I try to limit myself to one Diet Coke a day. Once in a while I'll have a second. But, I don't think one a day is horrible. I do wish I could go without the caffeine in it or coffee, but right now I need the boost.
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    Dec 13, 2007 12:22 AM GMT
    Quite honestly I have been on a hunt for a few weeks with the same dilema. I am doing Tae-Bo Amped and it's really seeming to work. Mind you I have been doing cardio at least a month strong prior (strongly recommended) and now I don't know how to go grocery shopping I know fast food is not good, but I break down and go anyways.

    Can you help Realjock?

    (Wow that sounded like an info-mmercial lol)

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    Dec 13, 2007 8:02 AM GMT
    Well the average guy should be getting 2000 calories a day. Depending on workouts you need enough to support it and should be eatting 6 times a day. I highly doubt Weight watchers was made for bulking and the whole points system is rediculous to me, for example say someone orders fast food on weight watchers, theyve just spent 10 or so out of at the most 20 ? You could replace all enriched flour products with whole wheat and feel fuller longer, thats the key just eat whenever your hungry and to avoid boredom eatting just picture your favorite food, if that isn't appealing then your just bored.

    Diet soda is a dieretic that is not naturally occuring last I checked, meaning that water will be drained from your body. All the colourings and aspartame just aren't good either, they lead to a bunch of health issues down the road.

    As far as grocery advice. I basicly don't buy pre packaged food unless its something like granola bars with natural unprocessed sugar. I buy nothing with high fructose corn syrups, partially hydrogenated oil, palm oil, or shortenings. I only buy whole wheat products and try to get organic as much as possible. Replace sugar with honey in most things. Almonds, brazil nuts and peanut butter between meals. Flax/hemp seeds grated, olive/canola oil and liquid lecithan for healthy fats. Even if I did eat meat I would buy very little red meat and stick with white/lean meats. Anything with chemicals in it that I can't pronounce I won't buy, general rule of thumb.