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Posted: 27 Feb 2010, 23:19
I'm reading this forum, and see all kinds of crazy stuff like diets under 1000kcal (im pretty sure this will damage your metabolism and you will just regain the weight once your calorie intake goes back to normal).

I've lost 30lbs in 6 months (slowly, no 5lb per week loss for me), and all i did was limit my calorie intake to a comfortable range for my size (which for me is 1600 - 2500). And i am still losing weight.

I eat whatever i want, but keep it in the range i set for myself. Of course i try to make healthier choices, but sometimes that big mac makes me feel good, so i eat it.

Basically on a day that I feel good, i eat on the lower end of the kcal spectrum, and on days i feel lethargic, i eat on the higher end. It averages out to about 2000kcal per day within the whole week. The 30lbs was an easy weight loss because i still enjoyed the foods that i was used to eating. Combine that with exercising about 3-4 times a week and its all good. After 10 more pounds, imma just go to maintenance, which im guessing will be about 2500kcal for me a day.

Say no to all the gimmicks, im pretty sure those diets are impossible to stay on, and once you get off it you will go back to the same body weight plus some. What I am doing is very easy to do, almost effortless (except writing down everything you eat so you know not to go over your calorie limits, thats the biggest pain about this diet). If i had known about this site 6 months ago, it would've been alot easier too since i wouldn't have had to pen and paper my calorie intake.

You won't lose weight fast, but it'll be steady and pretty easy on your body and its cravings. And most importantly, its sustainable.


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Posted: 01 Mar 2010, 11:37
Wow, i couldn't agree more. I have been losing weight slowly and surely with a combination of Intuitive Eating and sticking to a specific calorie and fat gram count. I plan for all sorts of my favorite foods, and most of my favorite foods are junk food, frozen food, and fast food. Which is fine by me! I do still try to balance out the "bad" with the "good". For example, tonight my dinner is 15 tater tots and a big salad. But I find the most success when I allow myself to eat anything, just in moderation. Great diet plan!
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Posted: 02 Mar 2010, 20:11
I so agree! I have 43 years of eating comfort food and greasy fattening fast food that doing it slowly is the only thing that works for me... I have seen people post about something, and then get jumped on because they ate french, so?? its better than how I was eating before, I am losing slow and steady and doing it my way Smile Everyday I get a little better about making good food choices....but I am not going to deprive myself of the things I love and crave or I will only be setting myself up for failure ( and I do try to keep it within my calories for the day even when I do have a slice of pizza!) I HAVE LOST 55 POUNDS AND KEPT IT OFF FOR TWO YEARS LIKE THIS! NOW WORKING ON THE REST Smile

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Posted: 01 May 2010, 07:00
Congratulations! It's the way to go!

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Posted: 01 May 2010, 07:24
Love the general theme here.

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Posted: 01 May 2010, 08:42
Me eating 1,000 calories a day or less?

HA! That is for to laugh :3. Why the heck would you want to if you can still lose weight actually managing to eat something for once?

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Posted: 01 May 2010, 09:03
I LOVE eating. I eat more NOW that i'm losing weight than i did when i was gaining it. (maybe not calorie wise, but bulk wise, and on a much more frequent basis!)

If someone told me I had to give up food or stay fat... umm, I would stay fat.

And eating this much has lost me 45.1 pounds in 4 months... so i think i'll keep on eating!

Yay for eaters everywhere! =)

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Posted: 18 Jun 2017, 16:36

My endocrinologist tells me it will slow my already slow metabolism to go on a crash diet like you are talking about--i.e., under 1000 kcal. I am currently eating 1800-1900 calories a day and, so far, losing weight. I have to agree with what you're saying. Keeping your intake within a range of calories that suits your body is the best thing that you can do. Smile

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Posted: 19 Jun 2017, 11:54
Yip from me as well. Slow and steady is much more sustainable.
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Posted: 11 Jul 2017, 05:34
I am on a strict diet, Ketogenic.. it is not a low cal diet, but if I ate what I wanted I would gain weight, everyone is different. Sugar and carbs is what makes me fat. My children are the same, as soon as they eat bread, rice oats, sugar, spuds, they gain weight.

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Posted: 11 Jul 2017, 06:29
Annemieke55 wrote:
I am on a strict diet, Ketogenic.. it is not a low cal diet, but if I ate what I wanted I would gain weight, everyone is different. Sugar and carbs is what makes me fat. My children are the same, as soon as they eat bread, rice oats, sugar, spuds, they gain weight.

Fat loss does not require low calorie but it does require a calorie deficit. If you could remain in a deficit while consuming sugar, you would continue to lose fat.

Going from low carb to a normal carb intake would have you gain weight in the form of glucose/water. If you cannot control calories while incorporating carbs, stick to keto.
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
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Posted: 09 Aug 2017, 05:03
I used to do a pretty meat only day ( chicken) followed by a salad day.. Feast, followed by famine.. 2000 calories down to 1000 calories on and off. Now I do bulkie food, keep it about 2000 a day. I make a homemade turkey chorizo soup with cauliflower rice, and zucchini. Basically eat it in a sitting, half gallon plus of soup at about 1200 calories.. 1.5 days of fiber consumption and 180 grams of protein. Removes all hunger for about four hours.. I'm a one big meal a day person and that is my big meal every other day... I make 2.5 pounds of chicken breast on my other days... Low calorie buffalo sauce or spices for that and a pound of Brussels sprouts and a pound of Greek yogurt coleslaw..

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Posted: 09 Aug 2017, 14:11
Slow and steady. *thumbs up*

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