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June 21, 2012 3:23 AM
1200 calories
I dont understand - if i eat less than this then it tells me not to do it (as my body will go into starvation) but it seems that you need to be within 10-20 calories of your goal to succeed?
I want to lose 5kg - what do I do?
  24324789
June 21, 2012 3:24 AM
Check out the Eat More to Weigh Less group. It's a great group. 1200 is way too low for most people.
  19901664
June 21, 2012 3:26 AM
I'm not sure I understand the question..... yes 1200 is the lowest calorie amount a health adult should eat. I don't think 20 cals under will kill you though....what am I missing?
June 21, 2012 3:30 AM
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Check out the Eat More to Weigh Less group. It's a great group. 1200 is way too low for most people.


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June 21, 2012 3:33 AM
I get this warning a lot too. Its to make sure you don't eat an unreasonable low amount of calories for a prolonged period of time because it may not give your body all the nutrients and energy it needs to keep everything functioning.

Try to eat 1200 of good foods. If you end up less at the end of the day and you don't feel hungry, don't eat just to reach the calories. For example, yesterday I reached 880 calories in the evening. When I came back from my workout in the evening I just didn't feel like anything at all. Earlier that day I had muesli and pasta and spinach and fruits. That's a good clean diet so no need to add more. But it doesn't mean I consistently eat at that level.

So basically ignore the message but don't lower your target to 1000 or below, because they have a point with their warning.
  19929678
June 21, 2012 3:37 AM
My *breakfast* was 1620 cals......I don't know how you do it.....
Edited by Crystalchaos72 On June 21, 2012 3:39 AM
June 21, 2012 3:40 AM
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My *breakfast* was 1620 cals......I don't know how you do it.....


Woah. What does that involve?
June 21, 2012 3:41 AM
Hi, I am the same, thats what i have got per day, I going to go the whole hog tomorrow and see what happens !!
June 21, 2012 3:43 AM
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My *breakfast* was 1620 cals......I don't know how you do it.....


Woah. What does that involve?



8oz wheat penne rigate
8oz chicken
8 mayonaise packets
Crushed red pepper flakes
Basil
Oregano
Parsley flakes

I don't eat breakfast lunch dinner, I eat whatever I fancy the time I fancy it :)
June 21, 2012 4:58 AM
If you're a small sedentary female, 1200 or thereabouts is okay. At that amount it will take me til october to lose 12lbs because my maintanence calories for my weight are only 1613 so i cant easily do the 500 cal deficit.

However for a lot of people this is going to be too low, find out what your maintenance cals are and subtract 500 to lose 1lb a week. You should only aim for 2lb a week if you can have a 1000 deficit and still be eating a healthy amount, which for a lot of people will be a minimum of 1200, hence why it has the warning if you go below that. There's no magic number for everybody but it's a generally recommended amount.
  21833827
June 21, 2012 5:01 AM
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QUOTE:

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My *breakfast* was 1620 cals......I don't know how you do it.....


Woah. What does that involve?



8oz wheat penne rigate
8oz chicken
8 mayonaise packets
Crushed red pepper flakes
Basil
Oregano
Parsley flakes

I don't eat breakfast lunch dinner, I eat whatever I fancy the time I fancy it :)


I think I love you. That or insanely jealous.
  368542
June 21, 2012 5:37 AM
I'd be sick. But what works, works. i had porridge, strawberries and a coffee. Thats just fine for me!
  24324789
June 21, 2012 5:40 AM
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Check out the Eat More to Weigh Less group. It's a great group. 1200 is way too low for most people.


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June 21, 2012 5:40 AM
You can make it up with exercise - so eat 1500 calories, burn 300 calories exercising = 1200 daily calories with no warning message
  23023284
June 21, 2012 5:41 AM
Im trying to lose 3kg in about 5-6 weeks. 2lbs a weeks.

Im eating 1200 pretty spot on every day and really healthily on the whole. The weight loss feels slow and i dont know what my maintenance amount is - how do i find that out?
  24324789
June 21, 2012 5:41 AM
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QUOTE:

Check out the Eat More to Weigh Less group. It's a great group. 1200 is way too low for most people.


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I concur! I eat 1800+ calories most days and still lose weight.
June 21, 2012 5:43 AM
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QUOTE:

Check out the Eat More to Weigh Less group. It's a great group. 1200 is way too low for most people.


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Yes!!

I hope you are also NOT working out and eating only 1200 calories...
  4471951
June 21, 2012 5:44 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

QUOTE:

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My *breakfast* was 1620 cals......I don't know how you do it.....


Woah. What does that involve?



8oz wheat penne rigate
8oz chicken
8 mayonaise packets
Crushed red pepper flakes
Basil
Oregano
Parsley flakes

I don't eat breakfast lunch dinner, I eat whatever I fancy the time I fancy it :)


I think I love you. That or insanely jealous.


yeah im the same! think its more jealous though!lol! eat whatever whenever, love it!
  21310275
June 21, 2012 5:45 AM
I normally end up eating around 1700 cals a day and lose weight but I do exercise, so my net is still around 1200
  120771
June 21, 2012 5:47 AM
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Check out the Eat More to Weigh Less group. It's a great group. 1200 is way too low for most people.


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I concur! I eat 1800+ calories most days and still lose weight.


Is that your net calories? I'm just increasing my calorie intake now as I have stopped losing weight.
Edited by hwillia1 On June 21, 2012 5:49 AM
  17147991
June 21, 2012 5:49 AM
On a day with no exercise eating 1200 calories you shouldn't but your body into starvation mode, however if your only eating 1200 calories and then burning additional calories from exercise then you need to up your calories in. Or you do risk starving your body. Everybody is different though too and I agree with the others, some people have crazy high metabolic rates and will need more calories each day.
June 21, 2012 5:57 AM
i always use up all my calories - exercising or not. I cant waste them :-)
its just if i eat over 1200 fitnesspal tells me i will put on weight and if i eat less it tells me im in starvation mode so i try to be slap bang but thats a pain
  24324789
June 21, 2012 6:45 AM
When I used to do weightwatchers a few years ago I worked out that I roughly had an allowance of 1500 calories a day and then they encouraged you to eat your activity points back. I have lost 20 pounds with mfp post baby but now I can't lose anymore. I think 1200 calories is too low for me.
  17147991
June 21, 2012 7:13 AM
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i always use up all my calories - exercising or not. I cant waste them :-)
its just if i eat over 1200 fitnesspal tells me i will put on weight and if i eat less it tells me im in starvation mode so i try to be slap bang but thats a pain


I don't care what MFP says you need a BMR calculator to help you.

Here is a helpful site to help you calculate how many calories you will need: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/


After you figure it out you can manually set your calories on here, then MFP won't "yell" at you.
  4471951
June 21, 2012 3:47 PM
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Im trying to lose 3kg in about 5-6 weeks. 2lbs a weeks.

Im eating 1200 pretty spot on every day and really healthily on the whole. The weight loss feels slow and i dont know what my maintenance amount is - how do i find that out?


Go to http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/ and plug in your numbers. It will give you your BMR, your TDEE (maintenance) calories and your 15% cut calories. Your cut number is what you want to eat EVERY DAY, whether you workout or not. You never want to NET less than BMR. If you do then you need to eat more calories until you get back to BMR.
  19901664

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