(Closed) counting calories?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I think it works, but it’s not the best solution for everyone.  There are two major problems people can have with it (imo):

Underestimating the portion sizes you are eating – you might think you had one serving of cereal or pasta or whatever, but actually you have 2 or 3 – a good food scale and set of measuring cups will help with this big time.

Restricting calories too much – your metabolism will go into starvation mode and actually try and hold onto weight.  I always have good sucess by calculating my average calories burned going about my daily activities and then going around 300 calories under that a day, and making up the rest with exercise. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s totally doable, but you have to do it sensibly. Like stephbolt says, if you restrict your calorie intake too much, it’s counterproductive.

The thing to remember is that calories are energy, and your body needs energy to function through the day. If you cut your calorie level to too much below what your body needs to do that, it will think you’re starving and slow your metabolism waaay down — which will make it harder to lose weight, and much easier to put on weight when you stop restricting.

Eating little and more often, rather than big meals, and the kind of foods you choose (eg high-fibre, the kind of foods that take more energy to break down). And exercise is really important. It speeds up your metabolism as well as burning energy — so it’s win/win.

Writing down what you eat also helps, because it stops you from having snacks and then forgetting about it later. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I am doing this and it is suggested to do 1600 calories a day and step up the exercise. I am using a health site program thing provided by my insurance. It says I should be able to lose 15 lbs in as many weeks. We shall see! My wedding is in 15 weeks, so I hope it works!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It works!!!  I do it, but I count points (WEIGHT WATCHERS) its similiar to counting calories!  It’s worked for a lot of people, some bees are doing it (read other posts).  But if I’m not mistaken Weight Watchers is having a free registration until mid Oct.  Look into it, it wouldnt hurt!  And its easy!

Post # 8
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

20 lb in 9 months is totally do able.

You don’t want to burn MORE than you consume. Negative caloric intake=very bad for you plus no weight loss.

I am 5’11” and I take in 1500 calories a day and exercise regularly. Some days I eat 1800 though. Sometimes I eat only 1200. I let my hunger guide me but I choose healthfully. To maintain my weight it says i need like 2500 which is too many for me for every day.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

also im a big fan of NO FOOD after 6pm. It really really helps. Or, things like a piece of fruit or broth if you MUST eat. I’m much less likely to go for cheese and crfackers…which is what I *really* want at 10pm.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You can do it by counting calories, but you can’t lie to yourself, and you have to measure everything. This way you’ll learn what portions look like, I still have trouble with it, so I still measure, especially cereal and boxed stuff.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Not sure if this will help or not but heres how to look at it.  ok so figure it this way, for example lets say 140 is ur goal weight which is 63 kg, mutiply it by 24 and u get 1527 so thats ur basal met. rate for your desired weight.  so if u keep ur daily cal consumption to less then that its scientifically impossible to gain weight. now throw exercise in the equation you will create a calorie defeciancy, hence you will lose weight.  — I had a friend explain this to me. Last 2.5 weeks I have been counting EVERY calorie and have been working out 6 days a week and have lost 5 lbs.  Hope it helps!!!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I counted calories meticulously and lost about 25 lbs in 3 months. It works! But you have to be diligent and be honest, and for me its hard to do long-term, especially if you’re busy. Right now, I’m just trying to eat less and healthier, and start exercising again.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

25 lbs in 3 months?!?! WOW!! that is awesome. Did you have a lot of weight to loose.  I have 15 lbs I want to loose. I always have been super active and in sports and slowly as I have gotton older and the metabolism and slowed down i’ve put on some lbs.  I’ve come to realize that my prob wasn’t not working out but taking a look at what i was putting in my mouth.    Tell me about this 25 lb weight loss!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

There’s a great iPhone/iPod Touch app for counting calorites called Lose It!  It’s free.  I’ve been using it the past few weeks, it’s very helpful!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

@sunnygal, my weight loss was actually pretty moderate — health professionals say a healthy weight loss when you are dieting is 2-3 pounds a week, and that’s exactly what I lost. I was overweight but I lost pretty much exactly what I needed to lose to be in a healthy weight range. Unfortunately, I’ve gained about 15 back 🙁 

Counting calories meticulously does work. I allowed myself 1200-1400 calories a day and basically ate what I wanted, though I tried to have a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. I did a 30 minute Pilates tape 2-3 times a week – definitely nothing super strenuous. I think I honestly have an easier time losing weight than others, which is all the more reason for me to get back down to a healthy weight!

Post # 16
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Busy bee

Try Weight Watchers.  Counting points is easier and it is more accurate because “points” are determined based on calories, fat, and protein.  You could count calories all day but eat nothing but carbs and fat and never lose a pound.

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