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Can one gain weight if they were to eat over their calorie restriction in non-starchy, green veggies?

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Updated November 22, 2014 at 4:49 AM
Created February 16, 2014 at 9:32 PM

I'm trying to figure out if counting vegetable calories are even worth it. I eat about 1500 cal a day and I'd like to cut it down to about 1350. But I look back at my food and it is all SO incredibly healthy, and almost completely paleo, as well as gluten, soy, dairy, alcohol, and artificial sugar free that it seems ridiculous to even cut back!

But I must know, if I wanted to eat 1350 cal a day for a week (which is a hundred lower than my BMI), but ended up eating 1450-1500 instead for a week but those foods were only veggies like broccoli, onions, green beans, lettuce, asparagus etc. would I gain weight simply based off of the calories in/out rule? Or would I not because vegetables digest and benefit the body differently than other foods?

This has been a question long on my mind and I just want to clear things up. Thanks! :)

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26182 · February 17, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Not exactly. If you are trying to loose weight, counting calories may be a good strategy. But I would not sweat a 100-200 swing in the number of calories on any given day -- especially when you are on such a caloric deficit as it is.

The best diet advise I can give to people is to eat as little as possible to meet your daily energy levels. As you become fat-adapted you can go to a pretty low caloric load and be fine since your body is providing you energy -- this is not sustainable in the long run, re-feeds will help maintain proper hormonal balance.

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0 · February 17, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Great! So if I were to look back at my food for today and delete all the green vegetable items, would the remaining calories be more of a realistic consumption for the day?

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0 · February 17, 2014 at 7:43 AM

Try it and see.

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8140 · February 17, 2014 at 3:08 AM

Good luck trying that!

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26182 · February 17, 2014 at 12:27 AM

There are not any negative calorie foods. However, the calories out part of the formula is not as straight forward as one would think. An increase of 100 calories of leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables would be unnoticeable within a diet.

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0 · February 17, 2014 at 7:21 AM

Great! So if I were to look back at my food for today and delete all the green vegetable items, would the remaining calories be more of a realistic consumption for the day?

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41544 · February 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

1350-1500 calories is mostly likely far below your maintenance level of energy, unless you're 90 pounds and less than 5'0 tall.

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0 · February 16, 2014 at 9:52 PM

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