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October 19, 2012 1:13 AM
At 300+ you can sustain a large deficit - you could use 3000 calories a day from 100lb of excess fat stores. So no need to panic about an excess deficit for a good while yet.

People like you are often put on VLCD programs to lose weight - 6 to 8 weeks at a lower calorie intake than would give people on hear heart arrhythmia - so if you're losing and comfortable stick with what you're eating.

While some BMR formulae will suggest heavy people need more calories, that is often because you're off the scale off people used to derive the formula. The ones based on lean mass reflect the reality that 300lb people aren't 300 lb athletes but are very overweight 140lb people. 300 lb and 55% BF gives a BMR of 1700, 300 and 60% gives 1550 (Katch McArdle formula).
  18022302
October 19, 2012 1:15 AM
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if you weigh over 300lbs then ur caloric intake should be atleast 3k calories daily to start... if you start low you will plateau and have no where else to drop calories, you need to slowly drop weight in order to maintain steady weightloss and not destroy ur metabolism.

1600 calories is way too little dont drop them any more. please raise them up if anything.


^ what he said!


Yup.
  17923062
October 19, 2012 1:21 AM
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You can do the low calorie thing but if someone tells you, you can eat more than 1200 calories and still lose weight why wouldn't you want to?

a) I may want to lose quicker
b) they may be talking BS and not be taking account of my circumstances and condition
c) I may not be able to afford or want to eat more food

to name but 3.
  18022302
October 19, 2012 1:23 AM
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At 300+ you can sustain a large deficit - you could use 3000 calories a day from 100lb of excess fat stores. So no need to panic about an excess deficit for a good while yet.

Anecdotal evidence suggests this to me.
I've seen plenty of people eat at a much higher than 1000 deficit to start with and been fine.
Me, one of them. As I got nearer my target 10% body fat I joined up here with the intention of not under-eating too much. But with maybe 65lb of fat to lose I was happily losing weight at a higher deficit without problems.
Making sure you get some exercise including resistance work is definitely recommended too - though not sure how it counts just general 'living' as most skinny people would have big trouble wearing a 150lb suit for daily life!

I never plateaued specifically, but I did start to eat more calories and ensured I ate enough protein as I got down.
Edited by geebusuk On October 19, 2012 1:24 AM
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October 19, 2012 2:09 AM
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Maybe I should tell my age too. I am 61 years old and if I try to lose 2 pounds a week, it will take me 1 1/2 years to reach my goal.

Why is this a problem? In only six months you will be 52 pounds down! Heavens even 30 pounds will make a difference. Can you imagine how much better you will feel? How much more energy you will have? The good impact it will have on your health, your diabetes, your ability to live well and longer? And you will have learnt how to eat healthily and eat sensible portions without being hungry all the time.

Whereas if you go after the quick fix, eating lower calories than you need to then you will be depriving yourself for those six months and then have a set back and then think I can't do this, it is too hard. In going after the quick fix you might find that will power and motivation don't last the distance as you are giving up so much, and maybe after six months you haven't stuck at it and you haven't lost even 52 pounds.

Have you heard the story about the tortoise and the hare?
Edited by sallysuze On October 19, 2012 2:15 AM
  7448410
October 19, 2012 2:12 AM
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You can do the low calorie thing but if someone tells you, you can eat more than 1200 calories and still lose weight why wouldn't you want to?

a) I may want to lose quicker
b) they may be talking BS and not be taking account of my circumstances and condition
c) I may not be able to afford or want to eat more food

to name but 3.

I love option c. Presumably you have been able to afford or want to eat more food up until now? You haven't go to the size you have by eating 1600 calories a day, my guess is that you have been eating a lot more than that for a very long time.
  7448410
October 19, 2012 2:16 AM
It certainly isn't too much! I'm 5'5 and now weigh 123.8 (as of today, woo hoo!) with a goal of 120, down from my original weight of 180lbs.

I eat more than 1600 calories!

Eating less is never the long term answer, it works short term but has so many unwanted side effects like loss of lean muscle mass, gradual slow-down of metabolism, mental and physical hunger/cravings, difficulty getting adequate nutrition...
October 19, 2012 2:34 AM
Why don't you try eating the 1600 calories and if you don't lose, then adjust? Give it a try. The cool thing about this is that it will make transition to maintenance a breeze. It won't feel like a diet, you won't be hungry, and you will have transitioned into a real life style change instead of a short term solution. I'm hoping and assuming you will keep exercising, so life will be great at 1600 plus regular moderate exercise most days of the week when you are all done.smile
October 19, 2012 2:50 AM
Im 209lbs at the minute and eat 1600 - 1700. I was on 1300 for 6 months and felt that I was probably eating too much (I even exercised and never ate those back either) in reality I was scared to eat because your brain naturally tells you the less you put in your body the more you are likely to lose after all why would you keep fuelling a car when you want an empty tank right? Well it took me all this time to realise I was doing it wrong, hadnt lost in months and not treating my body right. I upped my cals from 1300 to 1700 only a matter of weeks ago and within the first week lost 4lbs, and weight is coming off consistantly now. I tell you this because I know how you feel, I still feel the same way and have a real guilt about eating ANYTHING but I know this is what my body needs. Really I should be eating more because my BMR is only 1700 and I work out at least 3 times a week but for medical reasons I gain weight easily so dont want the opposite effect. Try it even for 4 - 6 weeks and if you dont see result keep slightly tweeking your cals until you find what works for you.
  4388395
October 19, 2012 2:53 AM
Goodness! According to MFP I should be eating 1200 calories!
I think I did something wrong. No wonder I am feeling completely wasted. Have started burning about 200 per day cycling.
I need to lose about 10kg (think that is around 25lb)

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