(Closed) Do I need all those Calories?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Pappy8:  If you eat too few calories you are actually damaging and slowing down your metabolism.

You may not feel hungry because your body has adjusted to it, but it has done so by slowing your metabolism and trying to hold on to all the calories it can get. 

Look to up your caloric intake by eating good fats and calories (i.e. nut, avocados, cheeses, etc).

This has some interesting information about having too low of a calorie intake:

http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/calories/burning_calories/starvation.htm

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

You really should stay at 1,200 calories at a minimum. It’s not worth wrecking your metabolism. Once you do that, it takes months to get back to normal. 

Lately, it seems like there have been a lot of threads with people going much lower than 1,200 calories. Don’t do it, ladies! It’s not even just about watching your weight. Your calorie consumption affects so many facets of your overall well-being. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@Pappy8: Yes, but like I said, it’s not just about weight. It’s about many other areas of your health. You can add a serving of almonds, which would give you nearly 200 extra calories. It’s just not good to dip that low.  

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

If you want to gain muscle, you definitely need more calories and lots of protein. 

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

@Pappy8:  Given your weight it makes sense that you need less food but 1000 calories a day is still on the low side. Once you start leading a more active lifestyle you should feel hungrier.  You’ll need more fuel to recover efficiently aswell as to maintain any new muscle mass you put on.

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Pappy8:  If you want to put on muscle mass, you need more calories and more protein. Otherwise your body is using your muscle tissue to make up for the lack of calories you are taking in.

Try to eat higher calorie items in small doses. Try to eat 5 times a day (rather than 3) so you can eat more high protein small meals rather than loading up and feeling too full 3 times a day.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

1000 is too little – you willl probably end up gaining weight

lowest you should do is 1200 – thats what i’m doing!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

1000 is too little – you willl probably end up gaining weight

lowest you should do is 1200 – thats what i’m doing!

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

As I mentioned, almonds are good, and peanut butter would be another option. Both are small servings but deliver a good amount of calories. 

It’s a little hard to say without knowing what you normally eat. I get how you feel. I eat really healthy, and it’s sometimes it’s hard to get the necessary amount of calories when you’re not eating cheeseburgers all day, but it’s really important that you do, especially for gaining muscle. 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Just a thought: Could it be that you’re adding up your calorie portions incorrectly & undershooting your overall total? I mean a cup of greek yogurt is 130calories but are you sure you always eat 1c & not 1c1/2 (210 calories..)?

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