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WickedTruth

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Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 09:26
Is it bad if I don't meet my recommend daily intake? I know I have read that if u don't eat enough calories that it will stall out your weight loss but I mean I am eating at least 80% of them. Any suggestions? Confused
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shmiller

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Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 09:31
I think this might be true if you do it for days on end. Every now and then, though, I've never had trouble with the infamous "starvation mode."
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Sanjay.motiv...

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Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 10:35
I would like to say yes, but its a big NO from me.
I have been eating 30-40% of my RDI the past 7 weeks and it has not slowed anything down.
mars2kids

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Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 11:12
I would say it probably depends on your RDI, maybe it's set too high for you to begin with. If you're not consistently going under 1200 calories or anything like that, I'd say you're fine. And if you are eating 80% of your RDI and aren't hungry maybe try setting your RDI a little lower and see if you're more comfortable there. I know my RDI according to this site is way too high for me, so I set mine about 200 calories or so lower. If you're eating healthy and not hungry, 80% should be good.
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mummydee

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Posted: 18 Feb 2014, 11:43
I find the FS RDI calculator to be high and i've heard others say that too.

I use this site http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html

and find it to be the closest to what I can consume in a day.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 02:30
Starvation mode is a myth for the large majority of people. The only people needing to worry about it are competitive bodybuilders who get down to dangerously low body fat percentages and relatively lean people in a HUGE calorie deficit for an extended period of time.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
Danyellehawk...

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 02:43
When I was 30 pounds heavier than I am now, I was eating about 300-400 calories less. I only started losing weight after increasing my calories and reducing the time spent between meals. I now eat every 2-3 hours. 2-300 calories each time. Everyone is different, but if you underfeed your body, your metabolism will eventually slow to an expected amount of calories. if you only eat 1,000- 1,200 calories a day, your body will expect that from you. It will adjust the amount it lets you expend from stored fats accordingly. If you alternate between 80% of RDI one day to 100% the next I don't think something like that would have a detrimental effect.

This week I decided I was going to eat 95-100% of my RDI (which I set 300 cals lower than fatsecret recommended) and meeting those calories, I have lost around 7 pounds this week.
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 02:49
Danyellehawkins wrote:
When I was 30 pounds heavier than I am now, I was eating about 300-400 calories less. I only started losing weight after increasing my calories and reducing the time spent between meals. I now eat every 2-3 hours. 2-300 calories each time. Everyone is different, but if you underfeed your body, your metabolism will eventually slow to an expected amount of calories. if you only eat 1,000- 1,200 calories a day, your body will expect that from you. It will adjust the amount it lets you expend from stored fats accordingly. If you alternate between 80% of RDI one day to 100% the next I don't think something like that would have a detrimental effect.

This week I decided I was going to eat 95-100% of my RDI (which I set 300 cals lower than fatsecret recommended) and meeting those calories, I have lost around 7 pounds this week.


Old data, nothing that you said is backed by science. You lost mostly waterweight this week. Thanks.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
Danyellehawk...

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 02:59
Diablo360x,

I was giving my personal opinion according to my personal experience. That's soooo excellent. Thank you so much. I can't believe I had an extra 30 pounds of water in my body. Your expert opinion backed by science here, has really helped me understand. I cant wait to lose another 10 pounds of water. Soo excited for that. I didn't realize that all of this fat was really just water.

My carbs have been severely restricted for over a month and a half now. I dropped that water in my first week of low carb. My body didn't just suddenly hold on to 7 pounds of water. I am not eating enough glycogen to ever store that much water. But your scientific opinion means so much to everyone... Thanks
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Diablo360x

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 03:12
I was talking about this week. You did not lose 7lbs. of fat unless you created a 24,500 calorie deficit this last week. That would put you at a daily deficit of 3500. That would go against your advice. Good job on the weight loss but eating every 2-3 hours and making sure you did not go below a certain percentage of calories did not give you a metabolic advantage, it was simply your personal preference.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
onetonedmom

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 07:26
I feel the same way I think my RDI is set too high at 2200 calories so I try to stay between 1500-1800. but yesterday I did not clear the 1000 mark I just did not feel to eat maybe because I was feeling a little down about how much work I have been doing and how little belly fat I have actually lost.....
WickedTruth

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 13:11
Thanks everybody this really helps to ease my mind I am new at this and determined to get right and too be a healthier me! Smile
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gnat824

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 16:06
I've been at about the same weight twice, a few years apart- here are my stats:
4 week period in Jan/Feb '11:
Average Food: 1700-1800 cals/day
Average exercise: 2700 cals/day
Weight loss: 5.5 lbs

4 week period in Jan/Feb '14:
Average Food: 2000 cals/day
Average Exercise: 2500-2600 cals/day
Weight Loss: 6 lbs

A few caveats- I was estimating calorie burn using FS back in '11 and now I have a body media fit, so I might have been over-estimating calorie burn back then. I've also got more muscle now (smaller than I was at the same weight). But eating more has clearly NOT hurt anything. Eat the most calories you can while still maintaining steady weight loss. If you stall out, adjust slightly and keep on going.

Starvation mode might be a myth but a number of studies show that the impact of long-term calorie deficits is a slower metabolism. That's a critical reason why so many dieters regain the weight. Your body will get used to living on fewer calories but I'm going to do everything I can to fight that, because it means that maintenance - the REAL challenge - will be that much harder. Ideally, you should be losing weight in about the same way as you intend to maintain it. Similar activity and type of eating, just slightly fewer calories. That's what they mean when they say not to diet, but to go for a lifestyle change.
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erwinwarrior...

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Posted: 19 Feb 2014, 16:51
I moved my RDI down to 1700 based on the calculator for sedentary, but when I get more active I will change it. I felt 2000 was too much, and now will try to stay within 80% of the 1700, unless it's a failure. Still struggling with the carbs, but have to remind myself that both the good and the processed carbs are all tracked the same on this site, and I do need healthy carbs. Same with fats, which I am trying to increase the healthy ones at the same time I seek carb reduction.

My journey started May 15, 2013 at 260 pounds with Weight Watchers. I'm continuing with this wonderful lifestyle plan and support program, and am now adding Fat Secret calorie tracking to what I am already doing. I can now use both in reaching my goal weight and then to ensure I don't return to the unhealthy eating and lifestyle habits I'm working so hard to discard permanently.

One day at a time, one pound at a time. I am CAPABLE and CAN DO IT !!!


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