How long does it take to reach goal weight?

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TednDoug

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Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 16:30
The website is great in that it's given me a much higher calorie intake available each day than any other website, but it doesn't give any clue about how long it will take to reach goal weight, or what expected weight loss rate cold be. Is this deliberate so people don't get disheartened or am I missing an option somewhere on the site?
NCNOLE

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Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 17:50
Just b/c it tells you that you can eat "x" amount of calories doesn't mean it is right. You have to figure out the balance for yourself - you could start by trying to figure out how much you are eating now and decrease it by 500-1000 calories/day in order to lose 1-2 lbs./week. In order to lose the weight you have to burn more calories than you consume - this program does not know how many calories you are burning and will just give you rough estimates. My suggestion is to find a BMR estimator to determine your basal metabolic rate which basically is the amount of calories your body needs for survival. Then you can add your activities to that - so if your BMR is 1500 and you burn 500 calories from moving around or from exercise, then you have 2000 calories burned - you would need to eat less than 1500 calories to essentially lose 1 lb. per week - all estimates of course as your body has hormones and fluid and those will fluctuate and cause variations. But in the beginning stages you should be able to lose weight just by reducing your portions. Fill up on veggies, drink water, do a combo of cardio and weight training - make small changes in order to eventually live a healthy lifestyle and don't go on a "diet".
TednDoug

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Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 18:09
That is SO helpful - thanks! I have been so disheartened by calorie trackers which just say 1200 calories with no explanation. I find it really hard to be convinced by a figure which just seems to be the answer for every diet for everyone, so it is great to get some understanding of where the figures come from, and convinces me that I might be able to make things work this time!



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