(Closed) How many calories should I be eating/burning?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

To lose 1-2 lbs per week, the general rule is to take in a net of 1200-1500 calories per day. For almost anyone, less than 1200 calories means that you will go into starvation mode, slow your metabolism way down, and start hoarding body fat. Net or 1200 means that what you take in minus what you burn equals 1200. Your body needs those 1200 or so just to live, so you have to keep that in addition to whatever you burn off through exercise.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

it depends on your activity level and body composition. My guess would be around 2000 but it can be less or a lot more than that. 

Are you eating healthy and staying active?

Post # 5
Hostess
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree that you shouldn’t go below 1200.  I usually can’t go below 1500 because I get hungry and too tired to be working out.  It sounds like you should also be doing work to tone up, since you don’t have a ton of weight to lose.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I just want to point out that your BMI is 21.8 which is right in the middle of the healthy range. Everybodys body is different but you likey do not need to lose weight. If you want to tone up you need to do activities like yoga, pilates, or weight training. 

Post # 7
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1278 posts
Bumble bee

Go to myfitnesspal.com.  You can input in your current stats and what your goals are.  It tells you how much you should eat, and you can keep track of your daily food and work outs and it will camculate it all.  It is great!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

As others have said, it depends on your level of activity, etc. 

I may not go as high as 2000 calories per ay for you seem like a smaller body structure, but maybe a healthy 1600?

While there’s no magical one fits all number, i would encourage you to consume nutritious calories. By this I mean whole grains and all the stuff you probably already know about. 

If you’re like me and enjoy big portions, you’ll find that there’s nothing better than veggies. They are low on calories (but careful how you prepare them!) and they make your plate look like a mountain. Best of all, they’re good for you 🙂

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