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June 26, 2012 9:16 AM
I know this website says to aim for 1200 calories but I find myself going over to about 1500 calories. Can I still lose weight??
June 26, 2012 9:28 AM
Eat less than maintenance and you should be losing weight.
  23516817
June 26, 2012 9:29 AM
Definitely! Especially if you are doing any type of exercise.
June 26, 2012 9:30 AM
Yes. Absolutely.

What weekly goal did you tell it? What activity level?

I can lose weight eating 2000 calories a day. My TDEE is 2600 so as long as I eat under that on average I can lose.
June 26, 2012 9:30 AM
I am losing about 1lb/week eating 1600 calories/day (and eating back exercise calories). I am 5'5" and currently weight 134.
June 26, 2012 9:31 AM
Also, if you are nursing that sweet little boy you might want to eat even more. Cutting your calories too low can ruin your milk supply. I pretty much couldn't diet while nursing.
June 26, 2012 9:32 AM
Yes of course :)

I've never gone below 1500 net (1500 + exercise cals) and have lost weight / achieved goals before.
  1283483
June 26, 2012 9:32 AM
i think it depends on your weight to start with i have a 1480cal a day but i also exercise and im losing each week i do also eat back some of the cals i burn xx good luck hun xx
  21787857
June 26, 2012 9:33 AM
I lose eating 1600 per day. I also eat back my exercise calories. I am nursing a toddler. :)
  17387783
June 26, 2012 9:41 AM
QUOTE:

I know this website says to aim for 1200 calories but I find myself going over to about 1500 calories. Can I still lose weight??


I see you have a new baby in your profile pic , did you deliver recently? new moms need more cals than other women especially if breastfeeding. Also very few people need to eat only 1200 a day. I personally am breastfeeding my 9 month old so I eat an additional 500 cals but other than that I eat 1596 a day plus any I burn during exercise ( if im hungry) and I loose just fine
  11383863
June 26, 2012 12:12 PM
I wonder why you are saying the website says to eat 1200 calories? Do you mean that is your calorie goal it gave you at the suggested 1 lb per week? I ate 1800 calories for a few months, then 1600 for a few months, now back to 1800 for the past few weeks. It depends on how many calories you burn in your day to day life whether or not you will lose at 1500 calories. I think I burn between ~1800-2400 per day, depending on my activity for the day.
  5139654
June 26, 2012 3:26 PM
Actually thats an older picture... My son is almost 2 and I am no longer nursing. I exercise but only walking like 20 minutes a day usually. And running around chasing my son around lol. But I am just concerned because it says my goal is 1200 but when I eat 1200 I feel hungry. So I try to aim for 1500 but I'm just worried that I won't see results. (Probably about once a week I go over and "Cheat")
June 26, 2012 3:27 PM
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I know this website says to aim for 1200 calories but I find myself going over to about 1500 calories. Can I still lose weight??


I lose @ 1700 easily.
  3997270
June 26, 2012 3:30 PM
yes of course you can =)
June 26, 2012 3:34 PM
of course... calculate your BMR here... http://www.myfitnesspal.com/tools/bmr-calculator then stay under it either with exercise or diet changes or rather both.
  9824420
June 26, 2012 3:35 PM
Im eating 2100 calories and i am losing weight..i have lost 3lbs so far..i just havent logged it yet..cause i wasnt supposed to weigh in for a month..but i cant help myself! LOL!!
Edited by cmoutarimoussa On June 26, 2012 3:38 PM
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June 26, 2012 3:35 PM
MFP doesn't say everyone has to eat 1200, it recommends a calorie amount based on your stats and the goal you choose.
I lose weight eating 1400-1700, no problem, but it really depends on your current weight and goals.
And remember that the MFP calorie recommendation doesn't account for exercise - if you workout, you need to eat those cals too.
  4147547
June 26, 2012 3:36 PM
My calorie intake is 1800 calories, and thats to lose 2 pounds a week.
  21515246
June 26, 2012 3:42 PM
QUOTE:

of course... calculate your BMR here... http://www.myfitnesspal.com/tools/bmr-calculator then stay under it either with exercise or diet changes or rather both.


What? No!

BMR is what your body needs to SURVIVE even in a coma...

THEN you add calories based on your chosen activity level to get your TDEE... (as a mom of a 2 yr old, the op should NOT be set at sedentary, more like active)

The TDEE is the number you subtract the 500 from to get your 1 lb per week loss, NOT from your BMR. You should never subtract ANYTHING from your BMR...
Edited by robin52077 On June 26, 2012 3:42 PM
June 26, 2012 5:42 PM
Absolutely! I eat between 2,000 and 2,700 calories most days and I don't lose if I eat less.
  6892961
June 26, 2012 5:42 PM
Yes.
June 26, 2012 9:40 PM
Thank you so much everybody! I feel a lot better now! =)
June 26, 2012 9:46 PM
Yes. That's about what I eat, and I've had no problem losing and maintaining.
June 26, 2012 9:47 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

of course... calculate your BMR here... http://www.myfitnesspal.com/tools/bmr-calculator then stay under it either with exercise or diet changes or rather both.


What? No!

BMR is what your body needs to SURVIVE even in a coma...

THEN you add calories based on your chosen activity level to get your TDEE... (as a mom of a 2 yr old, the op should NOT be set at sedentary, more like active)

The TDEE is the number you subtract the 500 from to get your 1 lb per week loss, NOT from your BMR. You should never subtract ANYTHING from your BMR...


^^This.
  22607259
June 26, 2012 9:52 PM
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I know this website says to aim for 1200 calories but I find myself going over to about 1500 calories. Can I still lose weight??


Did you use to eat 3000 before starting this site?

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