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    An_245091 posted:
    I'm 21 years old, 5' 1" and weight 98.8lbs. My routine consists of wake up at 6am and eat scrambled eggs with cheese and turkey, 1/4cup oatmeal and half of a mini what bagel. I go to the gym at 7 for an hour sometimes an hour and a half. I do this 6 days a week and some days I go twice. After I work out I have a protein shake that is about 200 calories. Lunch is a salad with celery, raisins, chicken and light dressing. I usually just throw a little bit of everything in there and eat it til im satisfied. This is usually around 12ish. Around 3 I have a protein bar that is around 180 calories and dinner is usually a guessing game. Sometimes it is another protein shake or anything under 200 calories. This is usually around 6 or 6:30. I am so scared of gaining weight. I used to have love handles that I was so self conscious about and they are gone now but I fear them coming back so I am constantly watching what I eat and freak out if I go out to eat or go home and my mom cooks dinner without me knowing what is going into it even though she is a health freak. What can I do so that I am not freaking out anymore and I can go about eating more relaxed. I also want to eat more and sometimes eat ice cream without killing myself the next morning. I get exhausted at the end of the day because I am not eating as much and I get grumpy and cold.
    Tomato05 responded:
    Your diet looks quite healthy, and it is good that you exercise and watch what you eat.

    Of course you can relax a little about varying your diet pattern on occasion - you can still "control" it: if you eat more during one meal (like when you eat your mom's dinner, or a high-cal snack like ice-cream), you can eat less during the next meal or simply eat like you normally eat from the next day onwards.

    One protein shake (e.g. after exercise) is a good idea, but I would think it is not then necessary to have another one as dinner - a light dinner consisting of food like a piece of grilled chicken or fish, with steamed veg would not have much more calories, but be more balanced.

    Likewise with the protein bar - maybe replace it with an ounce of nuts and a small piece of fruit for better nutrition, or 1/2 cup of skim yogurt and a piece of fruit.

    For breakfast you would get enough protein from the eggs, and the cheese and turkey may be replaced with 1/2 cup of yogurt maybe?

    Remember that you can eat more relaxed without gaining weight.

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