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October 14, 2012 12:27 PM
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Do you work out to build up extra cals that you can eat? Or just eat that much and no fitness and still lose?


I can eat 1600 a day with no exercise and lose each week. If I exercise, I eat back at least half of my exercise calories, so on those days I'm eating 1700-1800 calories depending on how much I'm burning.


Cool, thanks for answering. I've always struggled to lose no matter how much or little I eat, think I just need to experiment with different amounts more and work out what's right for me. Good for you!
October 14, 2012 12:31 PM
SO true!!! I was at 1,200 calories or about there a lot in the beginning. I actually kept gaining weight!! YIKES!! My body just stored fat. It's hard enough having imbalanced hormones too. I'd rather eat more. :]
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October 14, 2012 12:31 PM
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I'm 4'10' and keeping it near 1200 or less and don't seem to be getting anywhere....maybe I should increase my calories...thanks for the tip


I just checked your profile and saw your age is 61. At your height and your age, you will most like have to eat BELOW 1200 per day to see any significant weightloss, unless you are exercising at a very high level. Sorry, but your metabolism is quite a bit slower than a 20 yr old's. Look for other women your age on here who have lost weight and find out what their calorie level is. I have a few on my friend list in their 50s or more, and I am 49 myself. Feel free to friend request me if you like.
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October 14, 2012 12:32 PM
I am 5'3. I started out at 1200 and stalled. I am now netting 1400-1500 and am back on track!! And much much happier!!
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October 14, 2012 12:39 PM
I am 5'3" and have been maintaining my weight (since December) at about 1800-1900 calories a day (with a minimal loss of about 7 pounds over the course of this year).
October 14, 2012 3:03 PM
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Try upping it in small increments and see what happens...maybe do 1300 calories consistently for a few weeks, and then if you're still not seeing results, make it 1400. Often when weight loss stalls, the problem is that we're eating too little rather than too much.


Bears repeating... I wish more people realized this.
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October 14, 2012 3:12 PM
I am 5ft 2in and eat 1200 cals per day. I exercise 6/7 days a week and don't eat back any exercise calories. I eat so much food every day to get up to 1200 cals. I eat mostly healthy foods( my diary is open if you wish to check it out) I don't know where you get the idea that 1200 cals is starving yourself. I've been on here for 102 days and have lost 32 lbs. I lose around 2lbs every week and have only felt hungry a couple of times throughout this journey and that's been when I''ve been low on protein. I have upped my protein and try to eat "healthy" carbs.
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October 14, 2012 3:16 PM
I am 4'11. Losing at 1700 calories and I am now bulking at 2100 calories.
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October 14, 2012 3:26 PM
Y'all are lucky! I'm 5'2.5" (hey, the half is important at our size!) and I've been really struggling. I couldn't find any calorie level that let me lose, so I finally got my Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) tested. 1207. *kicks some really big rocks*. I'm still trying to decide how to work it out so that I DON'T get stuck eating 1200 (or less) forever! :)
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October 14, 2012 3:40 PM
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I am 5ft 2in and eat 1200 cals per day. I exercise 6/7 days a week and don't eat back any exercise calories. I eat so much food every day to get up to 1200 cals. I eat mostly healthy foods( my diary is open if you wish to check it out) I don't know where you get the idea that 1200 cals is starving yourself. I've been on here for 102 days and have lost 32 lbs. I lose around 2lbs every week and have only felt hungry a couple of times throughout this journey and that's been when I''ve been low on protein. I have upped my protein and try to eat "healthy" carbs.


It's great that you can get full off 1200 calories, but many people cannot. I also don't understand why someone would set such a low goal if they can still lose eating more. I personally would not be even remotely satisfied with just 1200 calories -- if you're in your late teens to early 20's, it amounts to starving because your body needs more nutrients than that to finish developing properly.
October 15, 2012 1:15 AM
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I am 5ft 2in and eat 1200 cals per day. I exercise 6/7 days a week and don't eat back any exercise calories. I eat so much food every day to get up to 1200 cals. I eat mostly healthy foods( my diary is open if you wish to check it out) I don't know where you get the idea that 1200 cals is starving yourself. I've been on here for 102 days and have lost 32 lbs. I lose around 2lbs every week and have only felt hungry a couple of times throughout this journey and that's been when I''ve been low on protein. I have upped my protein and try to eat "healthy" carbs.


It's great that you can get full off 1200 calories, but many people cannot. I also don't understand why someone would set such a low goal if they can still lose eating more. I personally would not be even remotely satisfied with just 1200 calories -- if you're in your late teens to early 20's, it amounts to starving because your body needs more nutrients than that to finish developing properly.
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October 15, 2012 1:24 AM
Actually I'm a little older that teenager I'm 53 lol and MFP set my calories at 1200 per day and every time I lose 10 lbs MFP asks if I want to recalculate my goals and I say yes and it remains at 1200. I take a multivitamin & mineral tablet and omega 3,6 & 9 capsule every day as it's impossible to get all the nutrients needed for a healthy body from eating food. I tried working out my calories using "in place of a road map" instructions and it came up with almost the same amount. I feel full of energy healthy fit and eat at mealtimes and snacks in between so it's obviously right for me. I think as we get older we need less food.
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October 15, 2012 3:25 AM
I am 5'3" and I find if I restrict my calorie intake too severly throughout the week I will have an uncontrollable midnight binge on Sunday evening and undo all the work and discomfort of the whole week. Better to eat sensibly every day I know. My MFP is around 1500.

If I hold some calories back per day I can stop evening hunger with a small supper before bedtime which is my weakest time of day.
October 15, 2012 4:56 AM
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I'm 4'10' and keeping it near 1200 or less and don't seem to be getting anywhere....maybe I should increase my calories...thanks for the tip


I just checked your profile and saw your age is 61. At your height and your age, you will most like have to eat BELOW 1200 per day to see any significant weightloss, unless you are exercising at a very high level. Sorry, but your metabolism is quite a bit slower than a 20 yr old's. Look for other women your age on here who have lost weight and find out what their calorie level is. I have a few on my friend list in their 50s or more, and I am 49 myself. Feel free to friend request me if you like.


I am 51 and 5'2" and have been losing at1600 a day. I have rarely gone lower than 1300 and am often higher than 1800 per day. I have lost 27 pounds since January.
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October 15, 2012 5:30 AM
I'm 5'2. I'm 18 and I weigh 142 pounds. I'm overweight so I wanted to lose 25-30 pounds more. Is that okay? Or is that too much?
I've been working out 3x a week in 45mins and I have school so I go out probably everyday. So far, I've lost 9 pounds within 4 weeks. I managed to eat healthier choices like salad veggies, teas and fruits. And I didn't go beyond 1200 calories. I'm not logging too much here as lately I don't have much time. So should I lessen or add calories to my diet?

Btw, at my first week in dieting, I feel so hungry. But then when I worked my routine at the second week, I can't feel starvation any more up until today. I usually drink tea and make marmalade sandwich at breakfast. Then I usually eat salad, tuna and bread with an apple at lunch. My breakfast and lunch are sometimes switching though. Then at dinner I eat pasta, or salad or rice with toppings, or bread or vegetable soup and any fruit.
October 15, 2012 5:54 AM
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for awhile there I went out to dinner every night (about 1800 cals per day) and gained 5 lbs over 2 weeks (I did have more energy after eating that dinner out ,also, which is why I did that)...then went to what I am now and lost it all but am stalled right now

I will try your tip, thanks


So according to your recent experience- 1800 per day caused you to gain 2 1/2 pounds per week. Since it takes 500 cals less per day to LOSE one pound in a week, 1300 cals per day would still result in a GAIN of 1 1/2 pounds per week. Not sure if I would try adding MORE calories at this point.


I'd be willing to bet it was the "went out to dinner every night" that caused a temporary gain. Restaurant food is notoriously high in sodium, not true weight gain.

Hell, I've gained as much as 8 pounds overnight from some high sodium foods, and I know damn well I didn't eat 28000 extra calories. laugh

I'm 5'5 so I'm not exactly short, but I'm 40 years old and lose weight at 2000 calories a day.
October 15, 2012 5:59 AM
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So true!! I'm 5'8 so I don't fall into the "short" category, but I want to share this post. It helps to explain how to calculate how many calories you need for a good FAT burning program. Yes....yes....yes....it's a long read, not too long though. But totally worth it.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/654536-in-place-of-a-road-map-2-0-revised-7-2-12


BUMP!
October 15, 2012 6:05 AM
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I'm 4'10' and keeping it near 1200 or less and don't seem to be getting anywhere....maybe I should increase my calories...thanks for the tip


You're welcome! Try upping it in small increments and see what happens...maybe do 1300 calories consistently for a few weeks, and then if you're still not seeing results, make it 1400. Often when weight loss stalls, the problem is that we're eating too little rather than too much.


for awhile there I went out to dinner every night (about 1800 cals per day) and gained 5 lbs over 2 weeks (I did have more energy after eating that dinner out ,also, which is why I did that)...then went to what I am now and lost it all but am stalled right now

I will try your tip, thanks


To gain 5 lbs of weight (in fat) in two weeks you would need to consume 1250 extra calories per day above your TDEE (and your TDEE is not 550 cals). So it is likely that what you gained in that period was either unconsumed food in your gut, water weight or TOM.

Scales lie, youu need to think it through whenever you see a sudden gain - it usually is NOT the small increase in food calories.
Edited by EvgeniZyntx On October 15, 2012 6:06 AM
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October 15, 2012 8:48 AM
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I'm 4'10' and keeping it near 1200 or less and don't seem to be getting anywhere....maybe I should increase my calories...thanks for the tip


I just checked your profile and saw your age is 61. At your height and your age, you will most like have to eat BELOW 1200 per day to see any significant weightloss, unless you are exercising at a very high level. Sorry, but your metabolism is quite a bit slower than a 20 yr old's. Look for other women your age on here who have lost weight and find out what their calorie level is. I have a few on my friend list in their 50s or more, and I am 49 myself. Feel free to friend request me if you like.




I am 51 and 5'2" and have been losing at1600 a day. I have rarely gone lower than 1300 and am often higher than 1800 per day. I have lost 27 pounds since January.


How much muscle mass do you have? How much time are you spending in the gym, lifting, and how many calories are you burning every day? I dare say that you aren't sitting at a desk all day, and on the couch all night watching TV. To be able to eat that many calories you have to be exercising at a relatively high level. Most of the women your age aren't. Also, how many pounds a week are you losing? If you are happy with only losing a half pound a week, that's fine for you. I have 50 more pounds to lose and need to get it off as quickly as possible to prevent further joint damage.

I would never tell someone who is losing at a rate they are happy with, to eat less. If a plan is working for them, great. But if someone is just starting out to try to lose 30 pounds or more, is eating at a level that is not causing a lot of hunger, and they are not losing weight, then it is obvious that they are not creating a calorie deficit. Automatically telling them to eat more will most likely cause them to gain even more weight. I have seen it happen numerous times on here. It is more likely that they are underestimating how many calories they actually are eating, overestimating how many calories they actually need to eat, and/or overestimating how many calories they are burning thru exercise.

One size doesn't fit all. We all have to figure out what works for us in our own situation. A 20 yr old automatically telling a 60 yr old that she is starving herself because she eats less than the 20 yr old, is just wrong. And it needs to stop.
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October 15, 2012 9:04 AM
It's not all about height though. It's about weight too.

petites with more to lose certainly probably can startw ith higher calorie goala nd still get a good deficit. However, if' you're short and not far from your goal sometimes the only way to get a deficit is to have a lower calorie goal. One thing isn't going to work for everyone. For me I'm 5'1" and 1300 seems to be working well for me, I'm losing slowly and that's fine. For me maintenance will only be around 1600.
October 15, 2012 9:07 AM
I am 5'5" and if I eat a bite over 1200 calories in a day I gain weight instantly. :( It's too bad eating more doesn't work for me. I'm starving every day! :(
October 15, 2012 9:07 AM
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I'm 5'3, and have been able to lose steadily eating 1600 calories a day, sometimes more. if you're short, your calorie goal will be smaller than someone who's taller, but not by the huge amount some people think. People who are 5'2 or 5'3 do not HAVE TO eat 1200 calories to lose. If you do that, and it works for you, great! But it's misleading to make people think that if they're short they have to set their calorie goal incredibly low to make any progress. It's simply not true for everyone.


5' and eat round 1600 a day, sometimes a bit more, sometimes a bit less. I do anticipate it going down a bit as I continue to drop weight, but I have lost 50 pounds eating between 1600-2000 calories a day, depending on exercise. However, I started at 252 pounds.
October 15, 2012 9:09 AM
Im 4'8" and eat 2100 cal/day.

i dont need different calories because im short. my calories, like someone who is 6'7" , are based on my activity level. durh.
October 15, 2012 9:11 AM
I'm 4'11" and I was miserable and starving on 1200 cals per day. Now I'm averaging between 1300-1500 still losing weight and I'm not always hangry (Hungry + Angry)!! smokin
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October 15, 2012 9:11 AM
I gain major at 1600/day, I tried it for that 6 weeks after being told by everyone that I didn't eat enough. I am losing steadily at 1300/daily. I am 5'1, 155lbs and it works for me.

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