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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

How many calories?


I have tracked my calories daily for about 2 weeks now.  I have come up between 1000 and 1100 calories each day.  I have hit a lull in my weight loss.  I have been sitting at 170 for about 3 weeks now.  I am wondering how many you gals get.  I feel like I haven't moved because my metabolism is screwed or something.  I do know that I am in need of a fill and have an appointment on the 29th. 

I am at a loss for what I should be eating.  I am asking here because the nutritionist at my practice doesn't visit my office.  I like most foods, but for protein I do not like fish.  I can't seem to get past the smell and texture.  I have tried as I know this is a lower calorie protein source. 

I feel like I was doing so well, but have just stopped.  Am I getting too many calories?  Or not enough.  I have seen on a few websites that my basal metabolism is 1592 a day so I should be loosing right?  I do exercise, but probably not enough.  Any help would be appreciated!


Blossom said...

I am told to eat 1200-1500 a day. Maybe you need to eat a bit more?

Banded Girl said...

You might want to try eating more, especially if you're exercising.

Also look at what kinds of food you're eating. How much protein are you getting? Maybe a protein shake made with 2% milk would be good--a few more calories, more protein. Are you eating a lot of processed, carby foods?

Liz - Lizzle - Libby Lou said...

Yeah sweetie, I agree. I think you should eat a bit more. It's a hard line to walk but your lower calories may be stalling out your metabolism! Good luck!!!

TJ said...

I agree with the people above that you should try upping your calories a bit. If that doesn't work lower them and see what happens. One thing that I have learned the hard way is that not only is everyone different you can change as you go on.

Also you may want to try to bounce calories every day. By this I mean don't eat the same calories every day. I have heard that your body can set to this and the weight loss will stall. Instead do a day of lower calories, a couple days of your goal calories, a day of higher calories, and then repeat.

As for me - my basal metabolic rate says it is 1981 at sedentary and I know from my Body Bug that I burn closer to 2200-2600 depending on my activity level. I eat close to 1400 when I am not training. This was yeilding a 1.75-2 pound loss per week. But if I dropped my calories to 1200 I stopped losing all together. If I up my calories closer to 1800 I seem to stop too even though I still burn more calories that I eat.

Christine said...

You're going to get advice from some people to raise your calories and some people who will say to lower your calories. You need to find your middle ground. (I personally am in the "lower calories" bandcamp and would recommend lowering your calories by 10%, but you need to do what is best for YOUR body.) You asked how many calories we all eat. I aim for 800 per day, and no, I'm not starving and yes I can function JUST FINE.

Don't find your calorie limit based upon what anyone else says, not even a chart on the wall of a doctor's office, or any BMR/RMR calculators. These charts and suggestions do not know YOUR body, YOUR metabolism, YOUR genetics. You need to find that level for yourself by playing with your limits. 1100 calories might be your "maintenance" calories needed, so to lose weight you might want to drop down to 900 calories or so. Play with it for a week in either direction.


Michelle said...

HA I felt like I just wrote this post. I am going and feeling the same way you are right now. I too am getting in 1000 to 1100 calories. I don't like fish either. How many times a week are you excersicing? I'm trying to excerscise at least 5 days a week, Also I heard that you need to change your excersie from day to day. Cause if your doing the same thing everyday your body gets so used to one thing every time it gets to the point were it doesn't want to do anything anymore like it's getting bored. Drinking water is exellent for lsoing weight as well. But as far as calories go I agree with what Christine said you need to do whats best for your body and play around for a week by going up or down. Good Luck! You can do it!

Jen said...

I'm going to concur with TJ. Bouncing your calories around might just do the trick. I have to take in between 800-1100 per day to lose, but I vary that over the course of the week. Every couple of weeks I toss in a 1500 calorie (plus or minus a few) day just to keep my metabolism on its toes. This has worked really well for me this year, we'll see if it continues to do so the closer I get to goal. :)

And yeah, the exercise is a biggie... mixing that up with a different workout from usual can kickstart things again too.

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