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October 10, 2012 5:02 PM
Hello. I'm new to MFP, and I really need motivation.
I was wondering if 1,200 calories a day was too much? Because my mom told me that you start to lose a lot at 1,000...
So I'm not sure what to think. Should i change my calories to 1,000? or leave them the same?
Edited by backwoods_beauty On October 10, 2012 5:03 PM
October 10, 2012 5:03 PM
1,200 is the MINIMUM. You don't want to starve yourself.
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October 10, 2012 5:35 PM
Stay at or above 1200 unless you exercise then you can eat some of your exercise calories if you get hungry. Go for quality and volume.Say instead of a 500 calorie burger have a small one with a salad and vegetables and fruit. That is increasing your volume and keeps you satisfied longer. I am not suggesting you eat this all the time rather try to incorporate foods such as chicken, fish etc! Unless your vegan of course!!! Good Luck!
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October 10, 2012 5:40 PM
God, I hope not! My goal according to this website is 1,333 calories per day and I'm WAY over every day so far.
October 10, 2012 6:34 PM
QUOTE:

Hello. I'm new to MFP, and I really need motivation.
I was wondering if 1,200 calories a day was too much? Because my mom told me that you start to lose a lot at 1,000...
So I'm not sure what to think. Should i change my calories to 1,000? or leave them the same?
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October 10, 2012 6:37 PM
Im on 1800 a day and i never reach it, i usualy dont go ove 1300 even if ive exercised.
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October 10, 2012 6:38 PM
It depends on your current height, weight, activity level, ect. I'm supposed to consume 1400 calories a day according to mfp, more if I've had a really great workout.
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October 10, 2012 6:38 PM
It really depends on your current height and weight. Also what type of lifestyle you have. If you're really active and you have over 50 lbs to lose, 1,200 is WAY too low!
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October 10, 2012 6:40 PM
My Mom used to tell me 1,000 calories a day too, which is why I've never succeeded in the past. With my exercise, I usually eat around 2,000 a day and I'm losing just fine.
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October 10, 2012 6:41 PM
1200 is the bare minimum mfp will go. Its too low in my opinion. Figure out your TDEE & eat at 15-20% below that. Lots of calculators or search for dans roadmap.
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October 10, 2012 6:41 PM
Is your mom a dietician? If not, don't listen to her. Depending on your height/weight, you need AT LEAST 1200 calories to fuel your body!
October 10, 2012 6:42 PM
QUOTE:

1200 is the bare minimum mfp will go. Its too low in my opinion. Figure out your TDEE & eat at 15-20% below that. Lots of calculators or search for dans roadmap.


Well, there you go! Enough said!
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October 10, 2012 6:42 PM
You can go down to 1000 to lose quickly, but it's just not a smart idea. It will be difficult to get all the nutrition you need, and when you finally lose all the weight and return to eating at normal levels your body will adjust poorly and you'll likely pile the weight back on. Depending on your weight and height, you should be eating somewhere between 1200 and 1800 calories.
October 10, 2012 6:45 PM
OK. i started to take meal replacement protein drinks 3times a day and lost 27 pounds in 2.5 months after that i got so tired of the chocolate protein drinks i wanted FOOD, So i went to see i Dietician. she said in order to kept losing weight at the same pace, i should at a minimun consume 1200 max 1600 calories. So i have and lost 2-4 pounds per week. Do not eat less than 1200 your body will store fat. Good Luck with the lifestyle change:)
October 10, 2012 6:48 PM
For the vast majority of folks it's way too few.
October 10, 2012 6:51 PM
QUOTE:

Hello. I'm new to MFP, and I really need motivation.
I was wondering if 1,200 calories a day was too much? Because my mom told me that you start to lose a lot at 1,000...
So I'm not sure what to think. Should i change my calories to 1,000? or leave them the same?


You're young and have NINE pounds to lose. You should be eating a helluva lot more than 1200 calories, let alone 1000 calories.

Set your goal to a half pound a week, eat most of your exercise calories, and track your progress through how clothes fit, measurements and photos, not the scale.
October 10, 2012 6:55 PM
I am 6 feet and started at 322lbs a couple of weeks ago and am attending a weight management clinic.

I was tested using a machine called a caloriemeter that help to measure your metabollic rate to help determine how many calories you burn while at rest. There are many factors in determining this information though.
I was told the calorie intake needed to maintain my weight was 2764 calories a day. I thought that was alot untin I came to MFP and recognized how much all the sh*& added up to in calories and carbs. Taking 500 calories off that 2764 would mean I would lose 1 to 2 pounds a week! It works! After three weeks I am down 13 and counting as I have not weighed myself in 8 days.

I started with this clinic as I am Diabetic, Hypertension, High Cholesterol and have Multiple Sclerosis so I am a walking time bomb and it was time....time to change that.

I am told you can not deprive your body of anything but rather have everything in moderation and I also eat 8 times a day with two of them being just 50 calories 15 minutes before lunch and supper.

Seek some professional advice from your Doctor and a nutitionalist.

Here is the clinic I attend here in Burlington, Ontario, Canada and it is funded by the Government!

http://www.whartonmedicalclinic.com/

I am sure you can find such a place where you live.

I hope this helps and best of luck to you.
October 10, 2012 7:01 PM
I would not survive on 1000 calories a day. It really depends on how active you are a day. I have 1470 and I eat some of my exercise calories.
October 10, 2012 7:01 PM
I was determined to eat less, had myself eating 700 - 900 calories a day but after a few days I ended up starving and then I splurged, it backfired on me. I did this 3 weeks in a row and while I lost a few pounds temporarily I ended up right back where I started at. A friend tried to convince me that I needed to eat at least 1200 calories a day then I joined this site and it told me the same thing so I've given in. The goal is to be healthy and sustain a weight loss so I swore I would keep my calories at 1200 a day. So, you're not alone in questioning this but give it a try...I am! :)
Edited by kmmagik On October 10, 2012 7:01 PM
October 10, 2012 7:04 PM
I'm new and got this advice and I believe it's the best!

"I would suggest, and I know this sounds insane, increasing your calories. There are many many people on here that believe "eat more to weight less" or "EMTWL", and I used to laugh at them, till I stopped losing at 1200 and tried it. I would suggest you figure out your BMR and TDEE, use this link or do an internet search, http://thefitgirls.com/tdee-calculator.aspx For the exercise, I usually exercise 6-7 days, but I use 5-6 on the calculator. When you have both numbers multiply the higher (TDEE) by .80, 80%. Compare that to your BMR, and eat around there. Custom set your goal on MFP to be that number, and DO NOT eat any exercise calories back. Give it 2 weeks and see what happens. If it does not work for you then try something else, but most people seem to do great this way."
October 10, 2012 7:08 PM
1200 is pretty much the aboluste minimum your body needs to function. Everyones Base metabolic rate (BMR) is different and you can find a calculator for it in the tools section on this website. Basicaly that will tell you approximatley how many calories your body burns a day with no extra effort on your part.
These calculations are just a good guess at best as there are lots of factors they don't take into consideration. I would suggest using the calculator and use that as a starting point. From there take an amount off that relates to our weight loss goals
(there are 3500 calories in a pound of fat, so if you are trying to loose a pound a week you want a calorie defficency of approximatley 500 a day).
If after a few days of this you feel tired and lethargic you may actually not be getting enough calories (remember the BMR is just a good guess) or you may be getting the wrong preportion of Maco and Micro nutrients for your body.
Weight loss and health is such a personal thing and you will have to listen to your body for your personal best results. Its a bit of trial and error, but the most important thing to remeber is if you start starving yourself (i.e. going below 1200 calories a day) your body will go into starvation mode and eventually store fat rather then burning it like you want.

And I am going to stop writing before this turns into an essay laugh
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October 10, 2012 7:20 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Hello. I'm new to MFP, and I really need motivation.
I was wondering if 1,200 calories a day was too much? Because my mom told me that you start to lose a lot at 1,000...
So I'm not sure what to think. Should i change my calories to 1,000? or leave them the same?


You're young and have NINE pounds to lose. You should be eating a helluva lot more than 1200 calories, let alone 1000 calories.

Set your goal to a half pound a week, eat most of your exercise calories, and track your progress through how clothes fit, measurements and photos, not the scale.

This^^^^^


As a reference point I am 5'2 119 lbs (last I checked anyway I hardly ever weigh myself) and I eat 1390 + my exercise calories. And on days I work I eat more because I am a parttime waitress. That means anywhere from 1600-2000 calories a day. And I am in the best shape I have ever been in.
October 10, 2012 7:25 PM
In my situation, at first, 1200 was almost not enough. Being that I'm Asian (as if you can't tell by my picture lol), we LOVE rice. I had a difficult time decreasing my rice in take because we eat rice with EVERYTHING. A half cup of rice was literally just about 200 calories. Each time my remaining calories decreased, the more I panicked. Now, I'm still struggling ever so often because let's face it, I'll never cut rice out of my meals. I still have it at least once a day but I've learned to add more greens and fruits. I love apples so I have a minimum 3 a day, in between meals. At this point, 1200 is working ok for me. I will eventually start to challenge my calorie in take here and there but being aware of the types of food I put in my body helps a lot. So, I'm no expert, however maybe you should snack on fruits or veggies to make sure you eat the minimum of 1200. If this becomes too much for your stomach to handle, then MAYBE you should eat fewer calories but try not to eat too few.
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October 10, 2012 7:29 PM
No offense, but your Mom is clearly no expert, to say the LEAST. There are quite a few people around MFP who've done the research, gone through the experiences, lost the weight and built the muscle. These are the people you should be listening to.

And, for God's sake, EAT!
October 10, 2012 7:35 PM
It is going to depends on your body, everyone burns calories different. You may have a great metabolism that will burn everything you eat and then some or you may have to work your but off to burn everything you eat. It also depends on how active you are, if you’re a couch spud all day and then go work out for an hour and expect to burn off 1500 calories you may end up being disappointed but if your active and moving all day then got work out for an hour that 1500 calories may not feel like enough. I am a fairly active person mfp tell me I burn 2300 calories a day so if I only consume 1600 I will loose weight. On the weekends when I am a lot less active I only need about 1300 calories to maintain.
Hope this helps
Good luck,
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