Hi Moses, good to have you here (please feel free to jump onto any thread and join in)
Of those 1700 calories you consume are you balancing the diet with food from each of the food groups?
Are you drinking around 2 litres of water per day?
Each meal time I know I should try to engage in a little from each food group.
*a little fat
with each meal (it nourishes the hair, eyes and skin, brain and nerves) http://www.deliciousorganics.com/Controversies/fats.htm
, yoghurt, spinach, broccoli, dairy, salmon and sardines (essential for the formation of and maintenance of healthy teeth and prevents bone thinning, and is needed for the heart and circulatory system)
, bread, crackers, pasta, rice or potato (whole grains will regulate cholesterol and keep your heart healthy)
(raw is always healthier) salad/vege/fruit (Folic acid is a B vitamin needed for cell replication and growth)
chicken, fish, beans, peas and other legumes, lamb, pork, beef, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, milk ( provides your cells with the building material they need to grow, repair and maintain their structure)
I find that on the days that I gain heaps of weight, I tend to eat too much of my caloric intake from bread and fruit.
I always find bread so easy to grab, and it gives me that temporary full feeling that I feel I need so much, unfortunately it makes my scales go in the wrong direction.
I still have trouble filling my meal plate with a little from each food group.
They say red meat is best eaten no more than 2 or 3 times per day at the most as it takes a couple of days to work it's way through the system.
Fish is also another one we now have to watch out for because of it's mercury content that is found to cause brain damage. It's far safer to eat small fish like sardines or anchovies that haven't been in the ocean long.
Over 5 million pounds of mercury were dumped into the environment by the US alone (one pound is equal to 454,000 mgs). This is causing immeasurable damage to our environment and the food we get from it.
It is confirmation that our species has irreversibly and permanently contaminated the waters of the world to the point that all fish are now toxic, and although I suspect technology will develop in the next few centuries that will clean up this mess, for now we are stuck with this fact.
We all need the omega-3 fats, but if you aren't consuming small fish you should get your omega-3 from a clean source. Most of the fish oil supplements go through a molecular distillation process to clean out the mercury, but you should definitely contact the manufacturer directly to confirm this.
However, if you feel you are balancing what's on your plate each meal time, it might pay to visit the doctor to give you a simple blood test to check your thyroid function.
If you are suffering with hypothyroidism this will give you a slow to no metabolism and you will need a daily thyroxine tablet to get things moving again.
Good luck Moses