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Old 05-23-2011, 03:22 PM   #1
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Can't figure the calories thing out...

Im trying to figure out how many calories I should be at!! Im 5'4, I run every other day and my job is pretty physical. Im trying to lose the last 10lb's and its not working!! And now Im pmsing and its making matters worse.

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Old 05-23-2011, 03:34 PM   #2
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how many are you eating to stay at current weight? Take that number of calories & then start cutting...

You need to cut about 3500 calories to lose a lb.

To lose one lb. in 2 weeks, that would be cutting about 250 calories per day.

To lose one lb. in 1 week, you'd have to cut 500 calories per day...that's difficult to do when you're close to goal weight.
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Old 05-23-2011, 03:42 PM   #3
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If you're not losing or gaining, then the calorie level you're eating at is maintaining your current weight. To lose, you need to cut some of those calories, but it's important not to try to go too low (i.e., try to lose too quickly) because the level you're eating at as you get to goal will be very close to what you'll need to eat to maintain.

If you make a strong effort to lose the final pounds by cutting calories too low, then you'll 'rebound' with a gain as soon as you try to add calories to eat more 'normally.'
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Old 05-23-2011, 04:59 PM   #4
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Thanks for the fast responses, I only eat around 1000 calories a day if I go above I start to gain. And cutting 250-500 cal is just going to throw my body into starvation mode if it already isn't. I wish there was a way to start dieting over :[
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:06 PM   #5
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I heard nothing under 1200. Have you upped your protein and decreased your extra carbs?
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Old 05-23-2011, 06:49 PM   #6
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Try the freedieting website-that is the best online calculator I have found so far. I don't have a thyroid and have a slow metabolism and this is pretty spot on with the info my BodyMedia Fit gives me. Of course we are all different but it's worth a look.
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Old 05-23-2011, 10:35 PM   #7
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I truly believe that if someone is gaining while eating under their RMR, then the metabolism is messed up. Experienced it personally. With your activity level, you should be able to eat close to 2000 and not gain. Check your carb level exactly--maybe your body is slowing down due to calories being too low.
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Old 05-23-2011, 11:13 PM   #8
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10 lbs of what? Could try a sauna, cleanse, and/or amputation (j/k).

The point is to ask yourself whether you really need to loose those last "lbs", or do you want to loose more body fat to look be leaner?

My suggestion is to stay in ketosis for lypolysis, and start strength training if you haven't already. (Squats/ChestPress/Back 3 sets for each exercise with about 4-6 reps @ 80% of your max - to build muscle fibers without really increasing the volume of the muscles)

Adding muscle also increases your metabolism and makes you look leaner, even if it does weight more than fat on a lb per lb basis.
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If you're eating only 1000 cal a day and not losing, I'd suggest you get a medical check up.

Before you do that, check your numbers. Most weight loss gurus say that the majority of people underestimate their calories.

I can LOSE on 1000 cal a day, and I'm post-menopausal and hypothyroid with a genetically slow metabolism, so I know that it's not 'normal' to have to eat at that low a caloric level.
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:51 PM   #10
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Wow!!! You guys are awesome thank you for all of the advice.

lisabinil- Im will definitly check out that website, thank you! I eat a bunch of small meals through out the day, could that be spiking my insulin? Could that affect weightloss?

Lucky4- You may be right! They had tested me for food allergies and found nothing, they were talking hyper thyroid as well. Personally I think its my birth control, I gained about 10-15lb after I started on ortho tri cyclene lo, now they are switching me to Junel 1/20- a lot of positive reviews, so hopefully that will help.

Taxbane-haha I could use a cleanse!!Too much cheese! I agree with the strength training 100%, any suggestions for at home work outs( dont't have a gym membership)If I could tone up this 125 and lose the cellulite I'd be content

Leo- I think it is time to pay the doc a visit! I use calorie count to track my calories and that works pretty well. Im a label reader hardcore!!I count some as a carb even if its "trace" carbs. Sometimes I go over my 20 but I never exceed 30.

Thank you again everyone!!!
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:52 PM   #11
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Small meals throughout the day usually keep your blood sugar stable it's the big gorges or pig outs that spike it.
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Old 05-24-2011, 04:38 PM   #12
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Damnit!!haha I think I just need to go to the doctors...its hard to talk to them because both of mine made it clear that low carb isn't the way to go :[ jeez.
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