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#1 Jessica1122

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 07:56 PM

I always monitor my food on my fitness pal. I'm on a 1200 calorie intake plan. I monitor everything in my tracker and when I check my nutrient details sometimes I have a -8 or less in sugar.. Is it bad that I go over my normal limit intake for sugar? And if I go over my sodium in take is that bad? What will happen and does it affect my weight loss? Or what happens if I have too much sodium or sugar in one day? Please help
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#2 JC Dietitian 16

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:19 AM

Thank you for your post,

The sugar intake listed on your MyFitness Pal includes natural sugar (found in dairy, fruits, carbohydrates, etc.). You should not have to worry about this level on your tracker. Monitor your added sugar intake (candy, table sugar, etc.).

The recommended intake for sodium is 1.5 - 2.4 grams a day (1,500 - 2,000 milligrams/day). If you are on a 1200 calorie menu, your average intake (as long as you are not salting your food) is about 1.9 grams (1,900 mg) per a day.

An intake of more than your suggested calorie level for weight loss can affect your success. It can come from any food group (fruit, milk, vegetable, fat, carbohydrate, protein). Be sure to include a variety of food items daily to vary your calorie and nutrient intake.

Best wishes!
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