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January 29, 2013 5:31 AM
there has been a lot of bashing about people who eat 1200 calories. I thought I would post my success story about it.

I started out at 250 pounds when I began this journey which incidently I was eating the 1600-1800 calories in eating

I then began to reduce my calories and dropped to 220 pounds last January and am now to 179 pounds.

so all total so far I lost 71 pounds and none of it has been gained back at all. I keep on going down.
Edited by fightininggirl On January 29, 2013 5:40 AM
January 29, 2013 5:34 AM
congrats! I hope I can keep at it. My doctor years ago told me I needed to be at 1200 calories yikes! My hardest part is when you make stuff from scratch it is hard to figure out calorie counts, so I have to wing it a lot. Hoping the 1200 pays off soon this sucks lol
January 29, 2013 5:41 AM
Good for you!!!!! How long did it take you to lose the weight at just 1200 calories a day. Did you exercise? Did you eat back the calories gained from exercise?
January 29, 2013 5:41 AM
The website has a great place to build your recipe and it will tell you how many calories are in a serving along with fat, fiber, and protein (I believe those are the three). It's really easy. Just an FYI.

I also believe that 1200 calories is the way to go. I know when I eat close to how much the app has allotted for the day, I gain weight, no matter if I exercise or not. 1200 I think is a great calorie goal.
January 29, 2013 5:43 AM
I lost over 40 pounds eating 1200 calories a day.
When you make healthy choices, sometimes it's hard to even get to 1200.. healthy food can be very low calorie and filling.
January 29, 2013 5:44 AM
to get me from 220ounds to 179 pounds It took me a year. last January at my nephew's wedding I weighed 220 pounds. it took me about 2 years to get from 250 to 179 pounds. but then some was my own fault of being lazy and I had a realization and got motivated. as far as eating the work out calories back I do only if the net is lower than my calorie intake. if my net is 1200 calories as well then I don't

they do have two awesome groups for those who eat 1200 calories

the 1200 calorie club

and eating 1200-1300 calories per day group..
Edited by fightininggirl On January 29, 2013 5:51 AM
January 29, 2013 6:59 AM
make that 5 more pounds. I weighed in at 174 pounds.
January 29, 2013 7:10 AM
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I lost over 40 pounds eating 1200 calories a day.
When you make healthy choices, sometimes it's hard to even get to 1200.. healthy food can be very low calorie and filling.



This is very true!
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January 29, 2013 7:12 AM
wonderful wonderful wonderful. for myself, I do get satisfied from eating 1200 calories. with eating veggies, you can eat a lot more volume of food, be full, & still be w/in your calorie limit. i lose 2lbs a week on average from this.
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January 29, 2013 7:12 AM
Do you ever use the recipe builder? I store the recipes I use a lot in there and can usually get a pretty good estimate of how many calories it is.
January 29, 2013 7:16 AM
Good to hear and congrats on your loss! Eating more, for me, has always meant weighing more. Plus, I am very comfortable with what I eat to get to 1200/day. Healthy meals, healthy snacks. If I force myself to eat more-- why would I do that???

There must be individual variations at work. Like, older women? Come on! We are not going to lose weight by eating more. Sorry. The weight packs on and eating more is not going to take it off.
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January 29, 2013 7:20 AM
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FTR, I eat over 3000 cals. Just sayin'. There's more than one way to skin a cat. And one of us will still look like this in two years. Can you guess which one?


I'm guess that you will still look the same in 2 years. I base that only on the fact that you've lost 0 of your 32lb weight loss goal and Fightininggirl has lost 71 lbs so far and losing more and more every week. Definitely feel she will look much different in 2 years. Contrats to you fightininggirl, you are an inspiration.
Edited by runwmeNC On January 29, 2013 7:23 AM
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January 29, 2013 7:25 AM
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there has been a lot of bashing about people who eat 1200 calories. I thought I would post my success story about it.

I started out at 250 pounds when I began this journey which incidently I was eating the 1600-1800 calories in eating

I then began to reduce my calories and dropped to 220 pounds last January and am now to 179 pounds.

so all total so far I lost 71 pounds and none of it has been gained back at all. I keep on going down.


I don't bash people who eat the calories they need, in proportion to the exercise they take in.

I eat more, in the 1600 to 1800 range and I've lost over 50 lbs by now. But I exercise nearly every day, and my job is pretty active, I would be starving hungry at 1200.

Btw, congratulations... losing that much weight is awesome. If this works for you, then go for it. As long as its nutritionally complete, that is all that matters.
Edited by hypatiaa On January 29, 2013 7:26 AM
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January 29, 2013 7:27 AM
eatng more is what got me to 250 pounds. and put me at a size 26W. thanks runmeNC very kind. I lost 5 more pounds today weighing 174 pounds. I weigh once a week also.
January 29, 2013 7:27 AM
Great job! I also eat 1200 calories and have had much sucess. You look great!
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January 29, 2013 7:28 AM
happy Congratulations!! To all the 1200 cal. bashers, there is NO one way fits all. Be Happy, get healthy. That is the goal.
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January 29, 2013 7:29 AM
I'm close to 250. I'm 245.2 lbs right now. I am eating 2000 calories with moderate exercise five times a week. I think I'm eating too much. But I'm afraid to go down to 1200. I don't know if I can do it, Lol....I wonder if I should lower to 1600-1800 like you did? Results are SLOW right now. I started tracking since December 27. I started at 247 then went up to 251, and now back to 245.2 as of today.

Well, it's inspiring and hopeful to see someone who started around my weight lose so much and gain a lot more. If you have any advice for me, please let me know! Thanks...
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January 29, 2013 7:30 AM
thanks for posting fightininggirl x

Usually am totally satisfied with 1200 cal. Sometimes I find it hard to eat all 1200 calories because I feel so full at the end of the day. I feel healthy and I know losing it slowly is the best way. I don't want to be too thin so my goal number is not concrete. I don't want to be the person that looks like they lost too much weight or lost it too fast. smile
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January 29, 2013 7:30 AM
1200 calories threads never end well.
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January 29, 2013 7:31 AM
I think that we, as individuals, need to find what works for us. I eat 2100 calories and have lost 114 pounds in 2 years. If I only ate 1200 calories, I never would have stuck with it this long. I feel that I can live the rest of my life the way I am living now. But congrats to you on your loss. It obviously has worked for you.
January 29, 2013 7:32 AM
Awesome - I am on 1200 and it is working well. Planning good nutrition within that boundary has been the best habit to get into.
January 29, 2013 7:32 AM
I google everything. If you make a dish from scratch, google "calories in one cup of ...." and you'll probably find it. I've never not found anything that I've made at home.
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January 29, 2013 7:33 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

FTR, I eat over 3000 cals. Just sayin'. There's more than one way to skin a cat. And one of us will still look like this in two years. Can you guess which one?


I'm guess that you will still look the same in 2 years. I base that only on the fact that you've lost 0 of your 32lb weight loss goal and Fightininggirl has lost 71 lbs so far and losing more and more every week. Definitely feel she will look much different in 2 years. Contrats to you fightininggirl, you are an inspiration.


THIS

Also those on 1200 cals are looking to lose weight not to build muscle..... which is an entirely different concept and requires an entirely different plan!! Try eating 3000cals per day and not working out and lifting weights for hours.... much different result me thinks!!
January 29, 2013 7:34 AM
Congrats on your weight loss.

I agree with your sentiment that a combination of healthy eating of non-processed foods can make it challenging to eat more than 1200 calories, particularly if you are a small person to begin with. I eat between 1200-1400 calories a day without trying to control or limit my food intake; that's just naturally what my body feels comfortable with, and includes two normal-sized/large-sized meals and some snacks (I am NOT a breakfast person). I am not hungry eating this way, and I'm not TRYING to be hungry. I also hit up the gym like 4-5x a week for 2h sessions, so dieting is not my primary fitness strategy.

Yesterday, I (totally coincidentally not related to forum stuff) ate closer to 1700 calories. I felt stuffed and uncomfortable all night and still felt kind of icky this morning.

I've seen people eat 1200 calories or less as their primary weight loss strategy and do it totally wrong, resulting in a dietary plan that looks neither nutritionally nor physically satisfying. And I also think there are people out there who really, really, really just don't want to or don't need to eat more than 1200-1400 calories a day. For some of us, it's just how our bodies work. Why all the hate? Just because your body doesn't work that way and would be starving doesn't mean that my body reacts the same way.
Edited by jfang86 On January 29, 2013 7:34 AM
January 29, 2013 7:34 AM
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congrats! I hope I can keep at it. My doctor years ago told me I needed to be at 1200 calories yikes! My hardest part is when you make stuff from scratch it is hard to figure out calorie counts, so I have to wing it a lot. Hoping the 1200 pays off soon this sucks lol


If you really want to maximize success, stick to eating things that are easily quantifiable.
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