Allowable daily intake

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Zukilicious

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 08:12
Hello! guys,

Someone please help me here. I googled and calculated my allowable daily calorie intake and got the results for maintaining, weight loss, extreme weight loss. I've been counting my calorie intake and make sure I don't exceed (for extreme weight loss). Now my question: can I eat anything as long as it is within my allowable intake?????
I try my best to eat healthy but the other things that I just can't live without.
Nimm

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 08:23
First, it's important to understand that the "allowable" daily calorie limit from this site is just an estimate, and you may have to use some trial and error to adjust that amount.

But let's assume for now that the site has accurately calculated your daily calorie needs. As long as you take in less food energy than you expend, you will lose body mass. Which means that if you burn, say, 2200 calories per day, you can and will lose body mass if you eat 1600 calories - even if it's ice cream and pizza.

Simply losing body mass isn't the whole story, though. The composition of your diet will affect how you lose the weight, your overall health, your body composition, and your mood, satiety, and hunger levels - all of which affect your adherence to your diet.
For example, if you don't get enough protein, the mass that you lose may include more muscle than necessary - and the goal for most people is to lose fat, and not just "weight."
If you don't get enough micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals, you may be inviting other health problems from those deficiencies.
And you will probably find that eating predominantly whole or less-processed foods, particularly those with protein and fiber, keeps you feeling fuller for longer, improving your mood and making it easier to stay on track with your diet.

So, the short answer is - yes, as long as you are in a calorie deficit, you can lose mass eating just about anything. The quality of the foods you eat - by which I mean the overall macro- and micro-nutrient profile of the diet - will still matter for health, body composition, and dietary adherence though.
Stella1964

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 11:18
Good advice.
pam-u-la

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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 12:04
most things are good in moderation. balance is the key.
and i totally agree with the reply from Nimm Smile



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