how many carbs allowed for a 1200 diet?

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JERRY412

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Posted: 30 Jan 2011, 16:59
LOOKING TO FIND OUT HOW MANY CARBS,PROTEIN,SAT FAT I AM ALLOWED PER DAY ON A 1200,1500 CALORIE DIET
lcleaner2b

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Posted: 30 Jan 2011, 17:29
Can't really answer the question without knowing what kind of diet you are following. If you were doing P90X for example I believe the macro-nutrients are:
1st 30 days 50% protein, 30% carb, 20% fat
2nd 30 days 40% protein, 40% carb, 20% fat
3rd 30 days 30% protein, 50% carb, 20% fat
nsstott

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Posted: 30 Jan 2011, 19:28
I was told 1200 calorie diet, and to break it down to 165 total carbs a day.
k8yk

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Posted: 30 Jan 2011, 19:50
The answer is different depending on what diet you follow. My personal opinion is that it doesn't matter very much. All diets work for losing weight. Try to find a way to eat that you find enjoyable and is also healthy, and you will be able to keep the weight off. It's better to attempt to get as many calories as possible from whole, nutritious foods than to worry too much about how your pie chart looks. I'd say, avoid empty calories as much as possible (things like sweets, chips, fast food, etc) and get as much veggies, fruits and whole grains as possible and let the rest fall where it may.

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Posted: 30 Jan 2011, 20:23
Different ratios work best for different goals, depends on what yours are as well as what your exercise habits are. On a 1200 calorie diet, a higher carb ratio might be ideal if you're doing endurance-type exercise, but if you're doing a lot of strength training you might want protein to be higher.

I would say pick a ratio to try & wear it for a few weeks to see if it's something you can maintain & pay attention to how you feel during that period. Then try something different after that if you want. Everyone has a particular combination of strategies that works & is comfortable for them but the only way to find out what that is for you is to try stuff.

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HealthyBabs

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Posted: 30 Jan 2011, 20:57
I think one of the first questions is why are you only eating 1200 calories? That is probably too low for you. Per the general guidelines, that is the minimum a woman should eat and men should eat no lower than 1800. Keep educating yourself and experimenting as you go. Track what you are doing as far as food and exercise, if this is your only tool, that is a good place to start. Record all food and exercise accurately for 2 weeks then reassess as you go. Stay away from the fast food, chips, icecream, all that one would consider junk food. In essence, clean up your diet to include the whole grains, veg, fruit, lean proteins and see where you land. Revise as necessary.
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Posted: 30 Jan 2011, 22:05
Jerry, taking in too few calories (I am assuming you are a guy) may throw your body into a "starving" state and it starts to conserve calories by stopping repair and upkeep, it ends up that you stop losing weight because your body thinks you are starving and tries to protect you by sacrificing itself.

A guy should eat at least what is "basal metabolism" (the amount of calories you would need at your present weight to lie on the bed and breathe and live) for their size, usually about 1800 calories, and a woman about 1200, then gradually up your exercise (FS will calculate this for you) and the pounds should come off in a healthy manner and stay off.

When you exercise, your basal metabolic rate will gradually increase so that you actually burn more calories even lying down asleep than you would if you hadn't exercised.

Healthy is the key; with fruits and veggies and fiber and if you eat meat, lower fat meats. Calories do count! Good luck and keep the faith!
lcleaner2b

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Posted: 31 Jan 2011, 07:07
They are correct - I did the super low calorie thing several times over the past years, the down-side is it is not sustainable for the long haul and when you start eating with your new lower metabolism and lower muscle amount you end up up gaining even more.
Here is a link to a good calculator: http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm Slow steady weight loss will help you keep the most muscle.
StacieRitz

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Posted: 31 Jan 2011, 08:20
I just wanted to add that although 1200 calories may seem low, that isn't always the case.

I personally had an RMI test done with a certified nutritionist and found that my 1500 calories a day was actually too high! my Resting Metabolic intake is 1066 (what I need to sustain life and the number I should never go under)...so my average daily intake needs to be around 1200!

I am struggling with feeling satisfied on 1200 calories, but it is where my body is at! (bummer)...so my point being not every one on 1200 calories is trying to starve themselves Smile
Ed Endicott

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Posted: 31 Jan 2011, 09:53
I've got to agree with Kate. That's what I'm doing.

As far as calorie intake - everyone is different. A "general guideline" can be pretty dangerous and misleading. Your caloric intake is going to be based on your metabolism which is affected by anything from how much muscle mass you have to how your lungs are functioning (there's a reason why people with emphysema are usually skin and bones).

Find what works for you and go with it. For me, for a long time, it was 1300 calories. I'm up to 1800 calories and will be moving up to 2000 calories fairly soon.



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