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Counting Calories, the best diet choice for people with HIV?

Counting Calories, the best diet choice for people with HIV?

Hey sis! You are a rainbow in a sky full of grey, and I just thought it was important that you know that today. So one of the most archaic ways to control weight loss is calorie counting. Calorie counting was the thing to do before fad diets came along, and personally, calorie counting is my favorite way to control my weight and the easiest way for me to do so. Instead of special diets, depriving yourself, and/or spending extra hours in the kitchen, simply eating a little less than you normally would could be all you need to do to lose weight.

So how many calories should I be eating?

Well it depends. In a lot of cases your doctor will give you a nutritional diet to follow, and if that is your situation then you should not deviate no matter what you feel or believe without consulting your doctor (or getting a second opinion), first. However, if your doctor hasn’t recommended specific nutritional diet for you than that doesn’t mean you are off the hook. Often times, people who have contracted HIV can carry too much weight, and these days it’s easy to do. So a lifestyle change s the best way to keep your body fighting off the virus for as long as possible. On average a woman needs to eat about 2000 calories per day  maintain her current weight, and about 1500 a day to lose weight at the rate of one pound per week.

Is It sustainable?

Sustainable weight loss and maintenance is difficult for most of us.  I personally, have trouble maintaining weight and often my scale goes up and down. When you have HIV its important to maintain your weight so that you don’t develop heart disease or any other problems that are common for those with HIV. I believe that calorie counting is the most reliable way to maintain your weight and can be one of the easiest ways to lose weight. In last month’s Book Mindless Eating we talked about what was called the “Mindless Margin”. The mindless margin is about a 100 – 200 calorie a day change that your brain won’t notice, and it wont leave you feeling surprised. This comes to a loss (or gain if you are careful) of about 20 pounds per year. Slow I know, but think about how many years you have been wanting/needing to lose weight, would you be at your goal by now if you simply lost 20 pounds per year?

Action Plan

So there’s a couple things you want to do to make this work for you. First you have find ways where you can just cut a few calories from your daily diet. Since you want your body to have all the nutrients it needs to continue to fight the HIV virus, the best thing you can do is add vegetables to your meals and eat those first. If you’ve been struggling for a while, this will be the way to go for you. For example if you have a burger and fries for lunch, get the side salad too, and eat it first. By doing this you will get full faster and still be able to enjoy your fries.

So I hope this information was helpful, in regards to getting your weight under control, or simply maintaining your weight.  You can also get more information on HIV/AIDS from the U.S. National Library of Medicine here at their MedlinePlus website.

Live your best life sis, and do everything you can to stay healthy while doing it!



Nikki Brame
Health and Wellness Contributor

Nikki is a natural hair blogger and youtuber , also known by the handle @ChicNaturlNikki, has been in the game over five years now. She loves journies to find her best self and has enjoyed sharing her these journeys and practices with you along the way.

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