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May 15, 2012 9:09 AM
May 15, 2012 9:13 AM
This will not be a popular answer. I was able to lose 140 lbs in 7 months on 1200 - 1300 calories a day. Was I hungry? Yes. Did I lose lean body mass? Yes. Did I lose the weight I wanted quickly? Yes. It's all a matter of will power. You can survive and be healthy on 1200 calories a day. Just create a balanced diet plan. I did have labs taken every 4 weeks to make sure I wasn't becoming deficient in anything and I did have a lot for my body to use to make up the difference.

All that being said, after the initial hardcore drop I started adjusting up, I lost another 20 lbs over the next 5 months while adjusting up from 1200 -1300 a day to 3100 cals daily. It is all about calories in versus calories out. At 3100 calories a day, with my cardio level, I was losing 3 lbs every 2 weeks. In an effort to regain my lost muscle, two weeks ago I went from 7 days of cardio to 3 days of cardio and 3 days of lifting and no adjustment on intake. After 18 days I'm up .8 lb, hopefully mostly muscle.

Anyways it's a journey. You can make it as fast, moderate, or slow paced as you want it to be. It's all about will power and dedication. Good luck, you can do it if you believe in yourself. Don't let anyone tell you differently or stand in your way.

May 15, 2012 9:30 AM
I haven't found it too difficult to do 1200 calories a day. Just as of recently though. But I am pretty short so that probably has a lot to do with it!
I don't eat meat. I limit my snack foods (or I have low calorie ones). I don't eat much bread. I rarely eat cheese. I never drink normal pop or juice or anything like that. So high in calories.
I eat a lot of veggies.
I also eat things like low calorie yogurt, oatmeal, fruits.
Edited by shaynak112 On May 15, 2012 9:31 AM
May 15, 2012 9:30 AM
You are just starting, right? I was given a 1280 calorie goal for the day and had a VERY hard time with it for the first 10 days or so. What I've had to do is get used to making food choices that are filling and low in calories. Fruits and veggies are great for this and keeping them on-hand for snacking during the day makes it easier. Be patient while you are learning to eat differently - it does take some adjustment. As you get used to the new reality, the feeling of being hungry ALL. THE. TIME. does ease and you will stop feeling like you are depriving yourself.
May 15, 2012 9:51 AM
Thanks! I think I will add more calories but call them "veggie calories" I was feeling guilty about going over my calories yesterday by eating some cherry tomatoes! Now I am thinking really? this helps and makes sense.



There are a few different methods to calculating yourbasal metabolic rate (BMR). One of the most popular, developed in the early 1900's is called the Harris-Benedict formula. Based on this formula, your current BMR is 1501 calories.

NOTE: Please remember that this calculation is just a guideline. Your metabolism may be higher or lower based on the amount of lean muscle you have. Use these numbers a a starting point and tweak them up or down based on your weight loss or gain. It may take a couple weeks to get your exact calorie level.

This is what I was talking about. While this number isn't gospel, it's a guideline. Now you canc alculate your TDEE to be able to figure out what's the max number of calories.You have to figure out what works for you. Good luck!
May 15, 2012 9:56 AM
I found out my BMR and set my calories to that...just brought it down from just over 1700 cals a day to 1600 as I've lost weight and eat a lot of protein and some slow burning carbs, fresh fruit and veg, greek yoghurt, legumes etc. I started on 1200 but always had a hungry feeling and a little tired as well. As soon as I bumped up the calories, I had more energy to burn, and am regularly losing around 1.5 - 2lb a week


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