(Closed) Help!! Trying to figure out calorie intake is giving me a migraine!

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ever heard of eating to lose weight? If you arent eating enough then your body will not only store your fat because its in starvation mode, but it will also prevent you from buidling muscle because it needs that extra nutriance. 1200 a day is a minimum.  

You should be having 5-6 small meals daily to boost your metabolism. I would be adding strength training to your routine. 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MissTatas:  This is why I am wary of fitness apps such as this one. I think it’s very difficult to actually accurately track your calories unless you measure everything out. What are you trying to achieve? It seems like you’re already at a pretty healthy weight for your height.

I would just try and keep it simple. Don’t eat more than you do now unless you’re starving yourself (doesn’t sound like you are). Cut out unnecessary junk food/sweets/alcohol/sugary drinks and add some weight lifting to your routine and you should see the weight come off. I don’t think you have that much to lose, though.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper

Counting calories is exhausting! How about you just focus on eating good, whole foods and only eating what you’re hungry for? That’s better IMO than trying to count calories all the time!

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@MissTatas:  ah, well you know what they say–abs are made in the kitchen! I am not able to have just a small amount of things like that, so for me it’s easier to avoid 500 calorie cookies altogether! Otherwise I would eat the whole thing, or maybe 2 or 3 lol. I find the more you avoid those things the easier it is to stick with it. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

@MissTatas:  yeah I used to be just like that. I would deprive myself and then decide a treat was ok occasionally but I don’t have self control to just eat 1/2 a cookie eat a small piece of cake or whatever. Part of the problem too is that your body can go through withdrawal for sugar and it’s a vicious circle to try and stop eating it. Once you get used to it though, it’s not so bad to go without it. And make sure you’re eating enough vegetables because sometimes we feel hungry when we don’t have enough of the right nutrients, and we mistakenly try to fix the hunger with the wrong foods, like carbs and sugar. 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MissTatas: I think 1,800-2,000+ calories a day is way overboard. Realistically, unless you’re a professional athlete, only men should be eating over 2,000 calories a day!

Like PPs say, don’t drop under 1,200 calories. You’re fairly active so burn a lot of calories as well.. you need to take that into account. Conventional wisdom says that to lose 1 lb of fat you need to burn 3,500 calories. So that’s like 500 calories a day for a week, right?

I would stop the “vicious starving/binging cycle” and eat like you did before, just a bit more carefully (i.e. watch the junk food, maybe cut the portions down a little bit), and aim to continue the exercise and add weights. Muscle weighs more so don’t freak out if you don’t lose weight right away. You’ll notice your clothes fit better, though. I just think that overcomplicating this sort of thing isn’t good.. you’re driving yourself crazy. You don’t weigh a lot or want to lose a lot of weight, so keep it simple. Just make a few minor tweaks here and there. No need to starve!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

@MissTatas:  I think I am going to focus on elimating junk food/sweets and increasing my workouts (adding weights) and aim for 1400 calories a day. I will re-evaluate if I am not seeing any results.

Sounds reasonable to me!!

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I just wanted to pop in and say be careful with the calorie counting. I know a number of women who took nutrition classes and ended up with an eating disorder because of calorie counting

Post # 16
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Worker bee

@MissTatas:  feel free to add me on MFP under ambicion6

we’re the same stats. I’m 5’6, 135, eating 1450 right now. thought its not enough for my activity level (per my trainer), I strength train 6x a week.

So I am slowly building my way back up to 1700 cals a day which will still be under maintenance for me (I have a 21% body fat) which will be a welcome after eating very low calorie for too long.

 

1700 might not be the right number for you, but I can with 100% accuracy tell you that its more than 1200.

 

 

 

Slowly start adding back in calories, 50-75 more a week. I eat fairly “clean” and watch my protein/carbs/fat for my fitness goals (drop body fat, number on scale doesnt matter much anymore)

 

 

 

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