Calorie intake too low?

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Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 05:46
Hello im currently at 304 and looking to get under 200. I recently started watching what i eat and excersizing, motivation is not problem for me, my only worry is if i will be overdoing it. Ive noticed that i can feel very much satisfied with a calorie intake of about 1200/1300 without feeling hungery. But the more im looking around this seems really low. Should i really eat more if i feel comfortable at this level, it seems counter productive.

I understand that if intake is too low that it can slow your metabolic rate, but shouldnt it recover and readjust after a few weeks. I would think that it would initally show weight loss but then pick it back up later on? Curious. Thank you for any input.


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Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 06:12
hey angel i've been counting calories since june and it does work, i have days i eat between 1200 and 1300 calories, but just so you know it will also cause you to have days where you'll feel like a bottomless pit, been there. I would suggest increasing to 1500/1600 calories even if your not hungry try to eat something in between your meals, i used fruits and veggies. Take a look at my history and diet i try to record every thing i do and eat, but i do have lazy days where i don't input all my exercise and if i just quit putting in food It's cause i'm at a function where it's too difficult to input food or just simply i know i'm going over my 2000 calorie a day limit i set for myself... Good luck Rob

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Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 06:28
My RDI says to eat between 2300 and 2200 calories, and I have only been following it for one week thusfar, but I've already lost 6.5 pounds without feeling like i'm specifically on a diet... I was worried it was too high, but it seems to be working for me.

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Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 06:40
I wasnt watching what I ate (before this site and app) but I knew it wasnt enough bumy the way I felt. I went to Italy and ate, and walked and ate lol. Before long everyone in my group started to complain thier pants were getting tight. Mine were getting loose. Moral of this story is you have to eat to lose. I wasnt sure I believed it until I saw it was true.


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Posted: 12 Sep 2011, 09:37
I kept my system in starvation mode for several months as an experiment. My body was digesting muscle tissue for energy in preference to fat so whilst my weight was stable, I tired very quickly as my muscles were in a constant state of being torn down and rebuilt without a chance to build stamina - by the end of the week my legs were extremely tired riding into work and back. Increasing the fat and protein back up to regular levels and reducing carbs in turn brought a 15lb weight loss the following week, I think largely caused by the energy burn from muscle being rebuilt and bulked and kept.

Looking at your diet if I were looking to burn fat I would be inclined to increase protein largely at the expense of carbs, and possibly knock a little off the fat. I would also up the total calorie intake to around 2500-3000 but I'm also 6 foot 4 Smile

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Posted: 13 Sep 2011, 02:32
Thank you soo much for the input, that does actualy make alot of sence in a kinda weird way Smile

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