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Caloric Intake Question

  • yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
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    We started the Insanity workout today. Based on their formula, my lifestyle, the level of exercise we are doing and my height/weight, they suggested I eat 2,400 calories a day. I feel like this is a lot. I really tried to watch what I ate today and have counted every single calorie and am still only to just under 1,500 consumed today and that’s before I factor in our exercise.

    Question: Should I eat the amount they suggest or should I just try to keep it around 1300-1500 since I know that that would help me to lose weight regardless. I’m in a quandry with what to do!

    Any advice or tips??

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  • embra
    Participant

    I would eat at least 1800 cal. at a bare minimum, especially if you are exercising a ton. If you eat too few cal, your body goes into starvation mode. Your metabolism will slow down and when you start eating normally again you will have a harder time keeping the weight off.


    embra
    Participant

    But then, I have no idea what your stats are, so maybe it would be different for you. Maybe it would help you to look at another calorie calculator online and compare results?

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    That does seem like a lot (MyFitnessPal usually put me at 1200 cals/day and then I could earn more from exercising … not that calorie counting has ever actually worked for me to lose weight :p ); I’ve never had that problem when trying to lose weight. ;) But I agree it might be good to plug your stats into MyFitnessPal or SparkPeople or something to see what they suggest, for comparison.


    embra
    Participant

    Probably my view of calories is skewed since I have a high metabolism. After I wrote those posts I wondered if what I wrote was reasonable, so I went and looked up a calorie calculator. I realized that the calorie counter thought I should be taking in only 1850 calories a day just to maintain weight, but I’m fairly sure I take in well over 2000 on a normal day as my maintenance level, although I’m cutting back a bit now to lose a the last few pounds of my baby weight. If I went down to the 1475 daily calories they suggest for weight loss, I’d be close to passed out and trying to eat my socks. Anyway, this site (below) is kind of nice, because under “advanced options” you can include your body fat percentage (if you know it) to calculate your ideal calorie count. It obviously goes on averages though, so if those numbers seem off to you, you should go with your gut. What I said in the first post is true though that if you go too low, it can mess up your metabolism, but the 1800 number, I plucked more or less from the air based on my own experience and my incorrect belief that 2000 calories a day was normal (I think because of nutrition information). Sorry, Kendra! I didn’t realize my own eating habits were so far off from normal.

    http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

    • This reply was modified 9 months, 3 weeks ago by  embra.
    Inga
    Inga
    Participant

    I always hate trying to figure out calorie requirements! 2400 does seem like a lot for weight loss, unless you are very active and/or are starting at a weight that would be classified as is much higher than “average”. On the other hand, when I eat only 1300-1500 I feel I don’t have the energy to do much of anything, including any sort of exercise, plus I end up obsessing about food since I’m so hungry … which eventually leads to uncontrollably diving into large quantities of comfort food. That freedieting site actually said I needed only 1537 calorie to maintain my weight. Um. No. I think I eat about 2200-2500 to maintain 145lbs without much exercise, although this is not the weight I actually want to maintain. One calculator, I prefer is this one: http://www.health-calc.com/diet/energy-expenditure-advanced. With that said, I think the most accurate way to figure out calories requirements is to start with figuring out how many calories you were eating normally before you made the changes and adjust from there.

    yellowwatts
    yellowwatts
    Participant

    I was doing NO exercise before this and eating a lot more, especially more junk. Hopefully what I am doing now will help me lose weight! I’m not like super overweight but my stats are 5 foot 6 inches and 177 pounds. My first goal is to get to 150. Then eventually in the 130s but I know that is a huge goal…

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