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May 25, 2012 7:22 AM
For me, I have both knees which require key hole surgery and I chose the alternative to build them up instead to try and make them better. This means no running, weights, jogging etc (basically anything that puts pressure on the knees) so I have a step up to build up the strength in them but obviously these things take time and time isnt what I have for my holiday goal. In the future once built up I will exercise but for now i'm looking at diet & low amounts of physical activity.

Would love to do Zumba when I can though, it looks brilliant fun!

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Oh wow, why would you NOT exercise. I know it makes me a lot hungrier, but I've gotten strong from exercise! I love the feeling when I dance for hours or run for miles.

And more than that, it makes me feel better psychologically. I NEED to exercise or I feel mopey and sad.

My social life is also built around exercise, as most of my friends are either in my Zumba class or are runners like me. It's a great way to connect with other people.
May 25, 2012 7:23 AM
I'm 5'6 and 134. wanting to be 125. similar goals. I have mine set for 1200.
try and stay around there, which I have good days and bad days. But It works for me. I had started at 138. now i'm adding workouts because its going slow. every body is different. just listen to yours
May 25, 2012 7:23 AM
And in time when you all stop losing and can't figure out its because you're starving yourself, we'll see you in the other discussions.
This starving yourself thing only works for so long --- and is not a long term solution. Learn your BMR, Learn you TDEE, learn healthy habits and stop starving.

I am 5'4" like the original poster and my daily is now 1720-1800...after months at a plateau trying to starve at 1200 I'm finally losing again and feeling better.
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May 25, 2012 7:25 AM
I'm on 1200 a day. The only time I eat my exercise calories is when I do my long hikes or bike rides that burn 800+.
May 25, 2012 7:25 AM
What I've been doing is eating 1480 a day and working
out enough to get down to 1200. I don't find myself hungry or
tired ever so it has been working nicely for me.
May 25, 2012 7:25 AM
I wouldn't listen to the people telling you that you are "starving yourself." You know your body better than strangers on the internet do. Do what works for you! If you are eating the right stuff 1200 calories is stuffing yourself, not starving.
May 25, 2012 7:26 AM
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May 25, 2012 7:26 AM
how on earth is 1200 calories starving yourself?! lol
May 25, 2012 7:27 AM
I'm 5'0 and finding it okay, Although, I will eat a bit more when I've been to the gym, or if I'm craving something ;) I'm losing weight steadily so yeah, that's how it working for me.
May 25, 2012 7:28 AM
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I'm on the 1200 calories diet...for a meal laugh


laugh Love this! Me too! I eat at my TDEE minus 15%. When I was eating at 1200 I felt tired and had no energy for a work out half the time. Then after losing 9 pounds I hit a plateau. sad I upped my calories to what my body needs to function and I feel a heck of a lot better and I am losing again. 1.8 lbs last week! You should know what your BMR and TDEE are. Eat above your BMR and below your TDEE and you will lose AND feel great at the same time.

Any exercise is good for you, cardio, aerobic, strength training and it actually IS proven that most forms of exercise will HELP to combat fat and help weight loss along with a well balanced diet. People who tell you cardio and strength training aren't worth it are not educated noway

Good luck!
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May 25, 2012 7:30 AM
The exercise thing would likely help you. Even if you hate cardio or cannot do it because of knee problems, get to a gym and find some weight training you can do, or get a workout video or something (I don't do those but my wife loves them)

Building muscle will help you burn more calories by increasing your metabolism and will make you feel better.
May 25, 2012 7:37 AM
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For me, I have both knees which require key hole surgery and I chose the alternative to build them up instead to try and make them better. This means no running, weights, jogging etc (basically anything that puts pressure on the knees) so I have a step up to build up the strength in them but obviously these things take time and time isnt what I have for my holiday goal. In the future once built up I will exercise but for now i'm looking at diet & low amounts of physical activity.

Would love to do Zumba when I can though, it looks brilliant fun!

QUOTE:

Oh wow, why would you NOT exercise. I know it makes me a lot hungrier, but I've gotten strong from exercise! I love the feeling when I dance for hours or run for miles.

And more than that, it makes me feel better psychologically. I NEED to exercise or I feel mopey and sad.

My social life is also built around exercise, as most of my friends are either in my Zumba class or are runners like me. It's a great way to connect with other people.



You can lift weights without putting "pressure" on your knees. A licensed physical therapist can show you what exercises are safe for your knees. Also, bicycling and swimming are great cardio that don't damage the knees. How are you going to get "built up" unless you exercise? In this magical future your knees will only be weaker. Your profile says you want to look like the woman in your profile pic. You cannot look like her doing what you are doing now, no matter how low you cut your calories. You won't look even kinda-sorta like her. You are not even a little overweight as you are now. To look like her you need to build muscle, not lose it due to inadequate calories.
May 25, 2012 7:39 AM
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how on earth is 1200 calories starving yourself?! lol


It is providing inadequate nutrition to build muscle and a healthy body. That's the definition of starvation.
May 25, 2012 7:42 AM
i also eat 1200 a day, along with my girlfriend and we are doing fine. if i do any exercise other than day to day activity i eat those calories back but i am not struggling at all. i manage 3 meals a day and normally a snack and am happy with my weight loss to date. i do find though that 1200 doesnt leave much room for treats! on days where i know im going out to eat or drink i am forced into exercise to stay in goal.
May 25, 2012 7:42 AM
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I have a 1200 cal a day goal, but I do not eat more even if I exercise because I wouldn't loose anything either. Obviously there is a couple days a month I allow myself to eat those extra calories.

I am working out six days a week, four of them for 90mins of water aerobics and the other 2 days 60 minsof walking and bicycling.

I would suggest staying at the 1200 but would break your meals down into 5-6 per day. I usually eat about 1/2 of what I would normally eat at a regular meal at each of them. My program suggests that you always eat a protein and something else. If the meal is before I work out I add a carb - like oatmeal, potato or yam, or rice. This is working for me. I must say I am staying away from sugar, salt and flour. Cooking in a ceramic pan without oils helps keep my calories in check.

Best of luck,
Doreen


By no stretch of the imagination is 200 calories a "meal." That's what each of your six "meals" would have if you eat 1200 calories in six "meals." You are eating six snacks a day.
Edited by FitLink On May 25, 2012 7:43 AM
May 25, 2012 7:45 AM
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Edited by vltaylor35 On May 25, 2012 7:46 AM
May 25, 2012 7:47 AM
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how on earth is 1200 calories starving yourself?! lol


It is providing inadequate nutrition to build muscle and a healthy body. That's the definition of starvation.


no it's not. for someone who isn't that tall, or active, 1200 calories a day is plenty.
sure, it's not a lot of calories, but it provides adeuqate nutrition if you're getting it from the right foods - not if you're getting it dfrom icecream and chocolate.
May 25, 2012 7:47 AM
I eat 3200 calories a day and am losing weight just fine...albeit it at a healthy pace.
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May 25, 2012 7:52 AM
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What I've been doing is eating 1480 a day and working
out enough to get down to 1200. I don't find myself hungry or
tired ever so it has been working nicely for me.


1480 is likely around your BMR. You'd burn that much in a coma. Just sitting around all day your TDEE is likely around 1770, so you're already at a deficit before any exercise calories. You're effectively netting around 1200 before any formal exercise. Just sayin'.
May 25, 2012 7:53 AM
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You are not alone, and, quite simply, science is still struggling to understand this.

Anyone who gives you any strong, immediate opinions on this - is probably just uninformed.

I strongly recommend you read "Good Calories, Bad Calories" by Gary Taubes, otherwise you're just shooting in the dark.

My opinions:

(1) it is all in the kitchen. don't even bother about exercise. you're now in "advanced" weight loss for your last few kilos, so it's all in the kitchen

Whatever you do, DO NOT " ' eat back your exercise calories ' " if you exercise. At your stage of weight loss it is inconceivable you could take that approach (unless you're a marathon runner), so forget that. Read the book, get actual science on your side.

(MFP laughably includes the concept of "eating back your exercise calories" - just ignore it. They'll remove this feature in future versions.)

(2) carbohydrates will be key. you must find an exact intake per day - what about 65 grams per day - of carbohydrates which will make you lose the last few pounds

(3) you should have NO PROBLEM eating only 1200 calories in a day, at your height. Anyone who tells you otherwise is uninformed. I typically eat 1400 cals (I'm also losing the "last few pounds", but I am 6' tall) and I feel stuffed all the time, I can barely eat that much. I experimented with 1200 a day for a couple weeks, and it was perhaps a hair low, I'd feel a little peckish. At your height it should be no problem at all, as long as your pancreas is in good condition.

you'll only feel HUNGRY, like you're not getting enough food, if you eat too much carbs. if you were eating say 125 grams a day of carbs, and only 1200 calories overall, your body would be starving itself, and psychologically you would be bitterly hungry all the time. in contrast if you are eating 70 g of carbs per day, and 1200 calories overall, your body will be stuffed with all the wonderful food it needs, and you will feel fantastic, energetic and full all the time.

(4) eating a good amount of FAT is key to FEELING FULL. FAT makes you feel full, CARBS make you feel hungry, and PROTEIN builds and repairs your body. FAT is also key to the health and beauty of your skin. A good source is something like pure, absolutely well-made Greek Yoghourt (made from full cream mlik). carefully included that type of fat with each meal for that really satisfied, stuffed feeling.

(5) EXPERIMENT and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. If you feel good eating 1200 a day - great! Try it CAREFULLY for a week. If you feel too peckish at 1200, try a different amount of carbs and a different level.

Some thoughts.


Got it, so your misinformed. You told us to ignore your thread right from the get go.
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May 25, 2012 7:54 AM
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how on earth is 1200 calories starving yourself?! lol


It is providing inadequate nutrition to build muscle and a healthy body. That's the definition of starvation.


no it's not. for someone who isn't that tall, or active, 1200 calories a day is plenty.
sure, it's not a lot of calories, but it provides adeuqate nutrition if you're getting it from the right foods - not if you're getting it dfrom icecream and chocolate.

1200 cal/day is not "plenty" for building muscle. It will keep you alive, but it will not provide enough to build.
May 25, 2012 7:56 AM
mfp says for me to eat 1390 but most days I eat around 1100. I am just full after that many. I do zumba 3x a week and walk when its nice out for 1-2 miles. I never eat back exercise calories though. It works just fine for me. In the last month I have lost 4 pounds and 13.5 inches.
May 25, 2012 7:59 AM
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how on earth is 1200 calories starving yourself?! lol


It is providing inadequate nutrition to build muscle and a healthy body. That's the definition of starvation.


no it's not. for someone who isn't that tall, or active, 1200 calories a day is plenty.
sure, it's not a lot of calories, but it provides adeuqate nutrition if you're getting it from the right foods - not if you're getting it dfrom icecream and chocolate.

1200 cal/day is not "plenty" for building muscle. It will keep you alive, but it will not provide enough to build.


if it's keeping you alive, it's not starvation then.

Plus, I'm alive and functioning on a lot less than that - is it healthy? no, and i'm not advocating anyone should develop ED tendencies. But I work out, parent, breastfeed, study, cook, clean, etc on a lot less. Should i eat more calories? Most probably. But to say that 1200 calories does nothing more than keep you alive is going a bit far i think.
Edited by chantalb20 On May 25, 2012 7:59 AM
May 25, 2012 8:01 AM
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how on earth is 1200 calories starving yourself?! lol


It is providing inadequate nutrition to build muscle and a healthy body. That's the definition of starvation.


no it's not. for someone who isn't that tall, or active, 1200 calories a day is plenty.
sure, it's not a lot of calories, but it provides adeuqate nutrition if you're getting it from the right foods - not if you're getting it dfrom icecream and chocolate.

1200 cal/day is not "plenty" for building muscle. It will keep you alive, but it will not provide enough to build.


Not trying to build muscle here (just yet) and seems neiter is the OP. I'm simply trying to stop jiggling when I walk. At 5'1" and mild activity 1200 is not starving or malnourished.

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