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Old 05-23-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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How many calories should I be consuming?

I'm 25, 145lbs, 5'1. I exercise 3-4 days per week for 40 min or longer. I do not weight train.

I am on a lower carb diet. I've lost 88 pounds so far(in a year and 5 months). I love food though and I am addicted so if I could sit and eat and eat and eat, I would. By knowing how many calories I need to LOSE weight, it will give me a guideline. I don't want to over-eat, but I don't want to starve either because I know both can have an effect on your metabolic rate. I know when you're counting carbs, you shouldn't count calories, but I need to in order to have a guideline. I've looked up on plenty of websites how many calories I need in order to lose and/or maintain and I get different figures each time. Any advice? The average number I get for calorie consumption in order to lose for my body is between 1100-1400.
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Old 05-23-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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I'm no help at all, because I have no idea. I refuse to count them. I am making great progress and just eat when I'm hungry and don't eat when I'm not. When I get super particular about each little thing, it stops being a lifestyle and starts being a diet... which I will eventually want to come off of. To me, it's about learning to listen to my body so that I can continue the lifestyle forever and not ever end up in the situation of having to lose weight ever again!

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Old 05-23-2012, 11:05 AM   #3
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I plugged your stats into a calculator and, as long as everything was accurate, it says that you need 1864 calories per day to maintain your current weight. So, technically, as long as you eat less than that you should lose weight.
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Old 05-23-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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Okay. Thank you. Like I said, I have found calculators online, but they all give me different figures. Ugh. Haha. Well, if 1864 is correct, then I need to reduce it by 250 and then burn 250 or reduce it by 500 everyday to lose 1 lb.
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Old 05-26-2012, 10:11 AM   #5
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Kayla, I don't believe you can calculate the calories you need precisely. There are a lot of individual factors at work. For myself, I should be eating 1400 calories per day to lose weight, but at that level I don't lose. I have to keep things well under that. Years of experimenting has taught me that at least for myself, I must 1) keep carbs well under 20 and 2) keep calories under 1200. My best loss comes with carbs at 10g or fewer and fat levels at 70% or so, and calories around 1000. It's what it is, and we're all physically and metabolically different, also age is a factor, so if you aren't losing at one level, tighten up things and lower calories to see if that makes a difference. One more thing: people pretty much agree now that weight training is superior to cardio, and that while exercise is great from a health standpoint and I'm sure it definitely HELPS weight loss, you just can't cardio off of the weight.

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Old 05-28-2012, 03:46 AM   #6
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at 62 and not exercising, I must do LC less than 20 carbs and eat about 1000 calories or less a day. And one day a week I fast, if I want to lose any weight at all. So like Carola said, everyone's body is different in the way it react to food and calories-and our goals.

so pick a number, try if for a week, and see what happens. Then try a lower number for a week, see if that works for you. Remember as you lose weight you will need less calories to sustain that body mass, so your calories need to go down I think.

I don't understand the fat ratio to protein thing, so I'm of no help there. Just move it and lose it.
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Old 06-03-2012, 01:31 PM   #7
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Keep a log of what you eat, cal and carbs. Judge how much you need by the actual effects. I'm 5'2" and eat around 1600 to maintain. However, I am a lot older then you and not as active.

If you are worried, try eating 1500 and see how it goes. Adjust up or down as needed. Also note, Dr Atkins said calories count, carb just count more. Many of us have to count both.

Oh yes, aiming for a weekly average helps me keep in perspective. I have highs and lows but I look for my weekly average.

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:13 PM   #8
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If you are eating at a consistent level and not losing, you can probably bet than it's too much. So lower your calories a bit and see what happens.
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