am i eating enough calories?

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brootalbarbi...

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 09:43
Im 5'6 , 18, 146 lbs
Other than exercising I'm pretty sedimentary but I exercise 6 days a week

Im told to be on 1600 calories a day
But is this enough?
thynes

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 10:53
At that you will probably lose slowly at your age, depends on what you are looking to do. Lose? Maintain? etc
CJT1217

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 11:44
Wow, coming from a diabetic family who frowns on healthy eating and exercise... wow.... sounds self destructive! I'm glad you're thinking on your own on this one. If you're going to stick with 1600 calories, try to be sure that the calories are from healthy sources, i.e. natural foods like poultry, fish, veggies, fruit, and nuts. I'm a firm believer that when you eat from natural sources, the body regains it's healthy and balanced state. Quality over quantity is my motto!

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Diablo360x

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 12:29
1600 isn't that low. You would need to either eat that little of exercise a lot more at your bodyweight if you want to lose.
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erika2633

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 14:11
When I first started "trying" to lose weight, I was aiming for 1600 calories/day. I am 5'11" and started out at 179 pounds, so 1600 might be a little high for you if you are really looking to drop weight. I also exercised regularly and was pretty active in the rest of my life.

I would suggest using the Diet Calendar to track what you're eating and your exercise for a couple of weeks. If you lose weight, then maintain those numbers until your goal. If you stay the same, then either decrease your calories (don't go under 1200'ish though) or increase your exercise. It's all a game of balance and seeing what works for you. Good luck!


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brootalbarbi...

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 14:39
I'm looking to drop 10-15 lbs

erika2633

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 15:05
If you use your Diet Calendar honestly, you should shoot for a 500 calorie deficit/day in order to drop a pound per week. So if you eat 1600 calories, you would want your exercise to be 2100 calories each day. If you can average 2600 calories of exercise a day, then you will be on track to possibly lose 2 pounds/week.

If your exercise levels are low and your calorie deficits are small, you might want to consider a 1400 calorie day? Again, it's about figuring out how your body responds to the numbers..


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thynes

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 15:08
I think that's about right. I was aiming for about 1300 cals when I was that weight,... but I'm shorter too lol. Esp seditary 1600 is a bit much if anything. Maybe get some moderate walking or dancing in Smile?
Bbody1972

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 20:16
What type of exercise are you doing 6 days a week? I'm 5 foot 4 (also in a diabetic family on both sides of the tree) and lost just fine at 1400-1800cal per day and worked out 60-75 minutes per day....i'm also 40 so you have youth and vitality on your side. Do what CJ said and stick to natural foods as much as you can. One brother of mine and I are the only two not taking diabetic medication and the only difference is we stayed active....
Mazco55

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Posted: 14 Jan 2013, 21:56
sort term- my diet suggests 1000 for first 10 days as a quick start.
brootalbarbi...

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Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 10:09
I do home worrkout DVDs
Taebo
Plyo, shoulder&arm, leg&back (p90x)
Insane ABS Billy blanks
Rocking body

According to the site I should eat 1600 but I have had ppl say thats too low & I'll store fat and that I should eat 1800 or more and then others say im doing good at that amount
Bbody1972

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Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 17:14
I've done all those DVD's...i have quite a collection....dating back to when you were a toddler Smile. If you are doing P90x you are probably burning a minimum of 300-500 cal per workout depending on your intensity level (i wear a heart rate monitor to help guage my intensity and calorie burn). I'm also 22 years older than you. Tae-bo i could always count on about 400cal. So if you are working out 6 days per week then there is no need for you to go as low as 1000-1200 cal as some suggest. 1600cal -1800cal will get you there at a steady pace. Are you looking to drop quickly? ...then go a little lower. If you want to be lean and toned turn to exercise and resistance as you are. Just keep at it.
Preggo38

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Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 17:26
You and me both Bbody! I did a round of p90x last year and a p90x/insanity hybrid. Started p90x2 Monday. If i was 18 again that would have been all i needed for weight loss without worrying about a calorie deficit. Just eat your RDI or close too it...try to burn about 300cal a workout and you'll see the weight slowly come off. You will tone up with resistance training and still maintain a healthy relationship with food. Don't do the 1100 cal route yet.... 1600-1800cal and a solid workout schedule and you'll be fine.
Verge2001

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Posted: 15 Jan 2013, 18:24
Exercise is cumulative! So change your daily habits to maximize the potential for exercise. Park farther away for instance. Spend 15 minutes of your lunch walking. I think 1600 calories a few days a week is clever, don't push for anything below 1200 calories. It's simply bad for you, the evidence is overwhelming.
brootalbarbi...

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Posted: 16 Jan 2013, 09:25
I have an event in 6-8 weeks & was hoping to lose a little something by then & turn a head or two
Whether it be a few lbs or an inch or two because im currently a 30" waist & 39" hip
Not very happy
But in all im looking for long lasting results



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