1700 calories? That's a lot!

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ockyy

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 17:49
My RDI is 1700 calories, and that sounds like a lot to me! Does anyone else worry about theirs? Granted, I have only been doing this a couple of days. Very excited!Very Happy
NCNOLE

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 18:03
Well, it all depends on gender, age, activity level. If you are fairly active, work out, and female, then that is probably a good estimate. Basically you want to try and eat less than you burn. So, if you burn 2000 calories and eat 1700, you end up with a 300 cal deficit (making sure that you measure your portions and stay honest). I would probably aim for closer to 500 cal deficit to be safe (but also have read that trying 20-30% less than you burn could be better). You don't want to go into starvation mode - which can happen after awhile (not likely in the beginning), but it can affect your hormone levels and make things shut down. I'd try 1700 calories and see how your body responds - if you lose too much, eat more, if you lose too little, drop down 100-200.

I'm 38 y/o female, lost 80 lbs. I think I'm active (workout routinely 6 days/week). Vegetarian - which makes it hard for me to reach 1700 calories, but that is my current goal for maintenance and muscle building phase. I'm actually working my way up to 2000 calories, but struggle to eat that much w/o eating what I consider junk.

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Draglist

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 18:51
Here is an alternate RDI calculator to compare: http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html
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www.diettruth.org - Links to calorie calculators and IF info
Glaun

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 18:53
Use Fat Secret's RDI calculator or try any number that are available through Google search. Here is one. http://caloriecount.about.com/tools/calories-goal

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Glaun

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 18:55
Didn't mean to one up you Draglist, yours posted as I was writing mine. You found another good calculator.

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 19:11
Ahhh two great minds think alike! lol, I've used the one you posted Glaun and I found it to be the best, but Draglist I like that one you posted to, I like how it shows the reduction calories needed to burn per week etc.

Both are better than FS in my opinion.
ChristyLA

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 19:12
Both of those calculators are great. Thanks! They say I should have approximately 1800 cals a day to lose 1 lb a week. FatSecret says 2100. I think 1800 is more accurate for me, but I have a slow metabolism - haven't been able to lose any weight for months now, but playing with my calories and exercise level to try to figure it out.
Draglist

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 19:16
No one-upping here! All input is great and believe it or not, I have BOTH of those great calculators available! Have a good week, everyone. Many of us in the U.S. have tomorrow off for Dr. Martin Luther King day, but even if you have to go to work, have a great day! Bill
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gnat824

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Posted: 19 Jan 2014, 21:21
There is a tendency to think that you have to go super low cal to see results but that's often not the case. For me personally, I was doing better in 1900-2000 calories a day than I was on 1700- and I was a lot happier, too! You've got to fuel your body, especially if you're killing it at the gym. Most of us want to build muscle ("tone"Wink while you lose weight but it's hard to do if your body doesn't have the raw materials to work with. So instead of assuming your RDI is way to high, give it a shot for a week or two, then adjust from there. And while you're eating fewer calories, its that much more important to be using then in real food, where you're getting lots if nutrition with your calories.
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Posted: 20 Jan 2014, 02:08
Wise words, Gnat. I love reading comments like these. Losing weight is NEVER about eating as little as possible.

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Posted: 22 Jan 2014, 18:52
Thank you so much guys! I'm in the sedentary, desk work area and I'm 22. Fingers crossed! You're all legends!
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Posted: 23 Jan 2014, 07:47
Another very helpful thing to do is figure out your macronutrients, what % of your daily caloric intake should be fat,carbs, protein, etc... this will make it super easy for you and then construct like a 7 day rotation for a few weeks.. It'll work like magic.. when I'm on my maintenance phase I eat 1200 cal of the right mix of foods and feel full and still lose.
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Posted: 24 Jan 2014, 18:32
I struggle to loose weight when i am under 1600kcal. Not because i struggle twith food choices but because im less happy less energetic,move less overall, have less bounce in my step. I loose more at 1800 than i ever did at 1500. Or this was true when i lost weight last. Have now regained it from this damn depression s##t but getting back on fatsecret to loose the depression and the weight at the same time
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Posted: 25 Feb 2014, 22:50
Hi I have dieted since I was 14yrs. old. Having seen the effects of diabetes and having I child, I have switched focus from being skinny to being healthy. The last 13 lbs. to my goal have been tough. There are calculators out there for your weight height measurements and age. I joined the Venus factor and fat secret. It has worked for me. I've lost 13 lbs in 2 months and reached my goal of 120lbs. I don't agree with many of the ideas in the book, (They don't seem healthy)but you can always modify. I have and it still worked. The key really is calories in and out. SmileI try to eat clean (Clean eating by Rena Tosca is great) I do P90X and to loose the last few pounds I used the Venus factor online tools. Hope this helps.
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Posted: 26 Feb 2014, 00:10
I'm a little lost - the calorie count site says I should be on 1200 a day to lose the weight I want, yet this site says 2000! Who do I believe?
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Posted: 26 Feb 2014, 01:10
don't worry. it happens. you can maintain the weight with a remedial action. means try to take balanced diet, daily exercise and if necessary try the pills which can give nutrition and maintain your body weight.
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Draglist

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Posted: 26 Feb 2014, 07:00
Caloriecount will give you a more accurate daily calorie total than fatsecret. If you have an iPhone or iPad, download the free BWSim app, which is even more accurate.
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www.diettruth.org - Links to calorie calculators and IF info



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