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February 1, 2013 6:16 AM
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I've been looking at TDDE and mine has been calculated at 2347. So if I followed recomendations and cut this by 20%, I should be eating 1877-1878kcal a day. I just cant see how I wouldn't gain weight by eating this much. Has anyone followed this rule...any advice please???


How many calories were you maintaining on before you started?

If you were eating 2347 cals and maintaining your weight, then yes, eating at a lower cal level will result in weight loss. If the numbers you stated are correct for you, looks like you should lose just under 1 pound per week, per the math. But we don't always fall perfectly into the online calculator numbers, so trial and error is often necessary to find the right range for you.
  28586799
February 1, 2013 6:28 AM
It works if you're honest with your TDEE numbers. A lot of people like to think that they're a lot more active than they really are so they get a higher TDEE number. If you cheat on your TDEE and deduct 20% you may not even really be creating a deficit.
February 1, 2013 6:35 AM
I've only been doing it for a week, but it seems to be working. Unfortunately, this has been a stressfull week full of exams and late work nights for me so I have't been to the gym at all : ( but I do seem to be down about 2 lbs since Monday.

As someone on here said, if you were eating below your BMR and then upped your calories your body will store it until it realizes it can shed the excess because it's getting enough fuel.

Stick with it, you'll get there!!
  33157254
February 1, 2013 6:40 AM
It is working for me. I like it because I don't have to fluctuate my calories from day to day...I just eat 1800 across the board. Do what works for you though. If you want to give it a try then do it, just make sure you stick with if for a month before you decide whether you like it or not.
February 1, 2013 6:42 AM
It's working for me! I lost another 2.2 pounds this week with a TDEE-20%. I don't eat back my exercise calories cause I'm very heavy.
  5274056
February 1, 2013 6:42 AM
QUOTE:

I've been looking at TDDE and mine has been calculated at 2347. So if I followed recomendations and cut this by 20%, I should be eating 1877-1878kcal a day. I just cant see how I wouldn't gain weight by eating this much. Has anyone followed this rule...any advice please???


Also keep in mind, you won't eat your calories back....I have about the same TDEE as that, and I eat 1800....rounding it down makes it easier. Some days I am a little over some I am a little under. But it is working for me.
February 1, 2013 6:53 AM
i am surprised that your TDEE is that high. What do you do for a living? I a 6' 4", 200 lb male. I have a desk job so, pre factoring exercise, mine is 2,350. My 20% gets me to 1,850 or so.

I work my a$$ off in the gym and eat back 50 - 75% of my cals from that. 2,500 - 3,000 cals per day most days.

Open up your diary and we can have a peek around and make comments. A lot of people on these posts overrate their true daily activity level.

It was hard for me to admit 'sedentary' but, 'da truth be da truth!'

Good luck!
February 1, 2013 7:08 AM
QUOTE:

I've been looking at TDDE and mine has been calculated at 2347. So if I followed recomendations and cut this by 20%, I should be eating 1877-1878kcal a day. I just cant see how I wouldn't gain weight by eating this much. Has anyone followed this rule...any advice please???


Of course it works.
Problem is finding true TDEE.
My TDEE when I'm not working is 2k.
My TDEE when working is 2400-3k.
So averaging out over the week if I eat about 2500/day ill maintain.
If I eat 2k a day furring work week ill lose.
  7369177
February 1, 2013 7:31 AM
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It works if you're honest with your TDEE numbers. A lot of people like to think that they're a lot more active than they really are so they get a higher TDEE number. If you cheat on your TDEE and deduct 20% you may not even really be creating a deficit.


This is so true. I started using a pedometer and realized that I only get around 1000 steps per day unless I intentionally make myself walk. So even with 3-4 days of exercise per week, I still fall into the sedentary category. Also, since the average person underestimates their calories eaten by 10%, then shooting for a 20% deduction might end up being only 10% on error alone. You have to be extremely accurate in your measuring and calculating.
  28586799
June 21, 2013 1:49 AM
Thank you for everyone's replys :)

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