How much should i eat if i'm inactive?

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 06:50
I don't exercise at all for the most part as i don't have enough free time to make it work. If all i do is just stay indoors, how much calories max should i consume?. On another note, is it better to not eat dinner rather than skipping lunch?

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 09:34
I'd recommend using the formula on FatSecret and putting your inactivity level at the lowest option. Try to follow the plan the program recommends for a while and see what kind of results you get.

It's not better to skip any meals. You should be giving your body proper nutrition throughout the day! Skipping meals is not a sustainable way to lose weight and could lead to worse problems down the line.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 10:13
I agree with SkinnyCity. Use the number recommended by FatSecret for inactive and if you don't lose after a couple of weeks then cut the calories little by little, don't do it drastically though. I would recommend trying to get some activity in when you can. Even if you can get a 10 min walk in it's better than nothing. Try to look at the time you have and if there is a break in there, try doing some squats, go for a walk, lift some hand weights, something. I don't know what your life is like, but if you are ever sitting watching TV, then you have time to exercise, that's what I keep telling myself anyway.

Also, don't skip meals if possible. If you don't have time to make or eat a full lunch, try to have some healthy snacks available so you aren't starving. You don't want this journey to be miserable, so eat your meals, just try to make them healthier and lower calorie. You can do this!!!
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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 10:25
Could you see a dietitian at your school? Often times that service is provided free at universities. Also would suggest finding out what motivates you. Find time for exercise, you are too young to be too busy to exercise. Not to be a Debbie Downer, but looking at your profile sounds like you are not motivated and/or in denial about your weight issues. Weight loss is very much psychological - you have to get at the root of the issue. Find out why you overeat - when - what triggers it. Do you have trigger foods, do you eat out of boredom, laziness, stress? Learn how to manage different situations. College is hard because you are sitting around studying, but maybe take a notebook with you to study while you walk around the block. Walk in place while reading at home. Do 50 jumping jacks or squats every hour - or every time you go to the bathroom. Take the stairs, don't use elevators. Try to just move more. If you do not tackle your weight now while it is easier, it will definitely add up to more in your 30s and 40s and be much more difficult to lose, not to mention it puts you at risk for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure. The more you move, the more you lose weight, the more energy you will have. It will improve your confidence and in general should lift your spirits.

To answer your question, I would probably aim for 1500 calories per day and see what happens over the next week or 2 - if you don't lose, then you might need to drop to 1300-1400 or if you lose too quickly and feel hungry, then you might go up to 1700-1800. Drink lots of water and try to eat veggies to help fill you up.
Good luck.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 16:28
no such thing as no time to exercise unless you are totally physically unable to move

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 17:20
NCNole talks about how hard it is for someone in their 30's & 40's to lose weight. I am 61. And it's hell. Do it now.

P.S. You might want to change your way of thinking. Don't do it to prove anything to anyone. Do it to make yourself healthy.


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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 18:02
1300 cal per day is a good start. Eat at least 30 gr of protein at breakfast.Tthen less and less protein as day goes on.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 23:36
Thanks for all the tips, i really appreciate it. i am a college student and i'm scoring quite above average by hard work alone, so if i let up studying i'll fall behind haha. Again, thanks for the comments goodluck to you and me both.

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