Group Forum: Okay Shorties, How Many Calories Do You Eat?

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Posted: 29 Mar 2010, 16:38
I am struggling to find the right calorie amount for myself. When I eat healthy, I find it difficult to even eat 1200 calories even though I know I should. I've seen all of the advice, but it's usually from people quite a bit taller. I'm only 5 feet and I weigh 138 lbs. Can anyone with those basic stats tell me the amount of calories you eat in a day to lose weight steadily?

Any advice is appreciated! Thanks!

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Posted: 30 Mar 2010, 10:40
Hey 4 11 here, I was just talking about this yesterday with k8yk. I am never hungry I don't want to lose muscle bc short girls really need to look tone to look good, however I eat alot. I love veggies, fruits and yogurt. It is so hard for me to eat right and get to 1200 without eating bad stuff. The point is that under 1200 you will go into starvation mode and your body will hold on to the fat and lose muscle, however I read that shorter women can get away with eating a little less like 1000. It also matters how much you work out. The things I eat to pump up the numbers are almonds, peanut butter, low fat cheese. Just don't go overboard, and watch your fat intake, these are all good fats though. What sucks about us is eating is a small part of losing weight when you are short you really need to tone your body and work out. It can be discouraging seeing others just count calories and the pounds fly off, but the same goes with us for working out, you really do notice it more on a lil firm body. Wish I had more advice, hope this helps!

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Posted: 19 Apr 2010, 17:39
I lost 50 pounds, I am 5 feet tall, I began at 160, now am 107.4. I started at 1400 calories, then went down as my weight went down, since you need less calories the smaller you are. I was down to 1250, that helped me get the last 15 pounds off. Now I am doing "maintenance" and muscle building so I allow myself 1400. Try protein bars a few that are good calorie and protein wise and don't taste like dirt are: Myoplex lite chocolate chip crisp- 180 calories, 15 grams protein; Oh Yeah Almond fudge brownie bar 180 calories, 14 grams protein (Tastes like a candy bar too!); for more protein myoplex carb control bar chocolate chip brownie 260 calories, 25 grams protein.
I also like peanut butter on multigrain rice cakes, apples, bananas, watermelon.
SoDelicious makes mini icecream sandwiches that are 90 calories. Vitalicious make chocolate muffins and muffin tops that are 100 calories and are like warm chocolate cake!

I also just got a great book- The New Rules of Lifting for Women. Great tool for weight training for women.

Best of luck reaching your goal!

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Posted: 13 Apr 2012, 05:07
I struggle with the calories...if you look at my journal, I'm all over the map from less than 1,000 to almost 3,000 in any given day...and the high the calories is from the poor choices of fast food and/or my stress level of the day; I try not to eat when stressed but sometimes you just have to have that cake and ice cream before the insanity of craving it sends you to the padded room!
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Posted: 19 Apr 2012, 12:19
Calories is hard. I ate 6 - 8 cups of food and barely got 700 calories in. I gave up worrying about calories. I eat healthy, get my supplements, eat well rounded and till I'm full. I have been eating 1200 - 2000 calories for the last 3 months and gained I'm going back to eating light.
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Posted: 31 May 2012, 23:08
The rules for calories don't always seem to apply to women 5'3" and under. Age and activity level factor in. Unfortunately menopause seems to also and thyroid function. The 1200 minimum calories really doesnt work for a short person. Many short people need less than 2000 calories a day without dieting. To lose 2 pounds a week you subtract 1000 calories a day. That is considered a healthy rate of weight loss. For me that would be 900 calories a day. I think it was fitness pal that would let me calculate the calories for 2 pounds but it would not let me set the calorie limit less than 1200. I am a dietitian and have had to calculate individual needs for patients many times. Height and what the ideal body weight is make a big difference. Ideal body weight plays a bigger part in the calculation than actual weight because fat is not as metobolically active. That is why many automatic calculators overestimate needs.

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Posted: 14 Jun 2012, 02:54
I am about 5'1"-5'2." To maintain my weight, I eat about 1800 calories a day. To lose weight, I eat about 800 calories a day.

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Posted: 15 Jun 2012, 03:59
I have wondered abt the calorie intake I should be doing as well. I have doing a 1200 calorie diet but I just can't seem to lose and I have been trying for about 3 weeks now. I do light exercises which are weight lifting, an hour fast walking, crunches etc.

Can someone give me tips on what foods you eat to keep your calorie intake lower than 1200? I would like to try that.

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Posted: 16 Jun 2012, 13:14
I am aiming for whole foods, and avoid processed foods which are usually calorie dense and lack nutrition.
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Posted: 20 Jun 2012, 15:19
I love this group, and this thread! I always feel like I'm being 'naughty' by eating less than 1200 calories a day when I'm on a diet. I just know my mum, or my husband, or my SIL, will get on my back about how it's unhealthy and how there's a minimum my body needs not to starve itself, blah blah. Easy to say when you're 5'7' (mum) or over 6ft (husband and SIL). I didn't realise there were all these other short people out there existing perfectly happily on 800 a day during their diets. Yay!

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Posted: 21 Jun 2012, 21:19
I have been going for over 800 and not to exceed 1200. Once I figured out where to set the minimum everything got so much less stressful! Thanks guys.
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Posted: 08 Jul 2012, 18:28
At 5' flat (goal weight 120 & current 191!), I'm hovering around a daily intake of 1,249 K per day (varying 1,100 to 1,400). But, I'm new at seriously trying to sustain myself in a healthful way. So, far I am losing about 2+ lbs a week. But, it is definitely the beginning, so I did expect I'd have initial success. I intend to stay on track and re-post a summary here in 30 days.

My mind does get ahead of myself and wonder/worry how on earth I'll sustain myself and enjoy food once I might only be to have 1,000K when getting near or at goal weight.
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Posted: 12 Jul 2012, 10:23
Right now, this site calculates my RDI at 1200kcal for 1 pound loss per week. I normally aim for 900 - 1100, with 1200 being my cap, and only on days where I work out a bit more. Using a different site, when I put in my height/current weight/bone structure/measurements for % body fat, I get base metabolic rates around 1350 - 1550 kcal, depending on the level of fitness I put in. We vertically challenged folks are simply more energy efficient, so its senseless to take note from the calorie burning giants. Wink
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Posted: 04 Sep 2012, 22:00
How does this work??? I'm 5'. I'm supposed to be trying to lose a bit of weight, and put in that I am moderately active. This site calculated that I should be eating 1,500 calories a day to lose weight. I try to keep to that - sometimes I'm a little under, sometimes I'm a little over. But so far, my weight has stayed pretty static. And to be honest, I could easily be eating more, as I often feel hungry. If I wasn't calorie counting, I would be!! I don't want to starve myself to lose weight as it is unhealthy and just doesn't work. So what should I do? Any suggestions?

eta: changed my activity level to sedentary, which has dropped the daily calorie intake to 1,200. Let's see how that goes...

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Posted: 25 Sep 2012, 11:57
I agree with everyone. I'm 5'1" and old. I do Pilates 4-5 times a week and Tai Chi twice a week in classes and try to exercise every day at home. This summer I did alot of kayacking and added wine and cider to the mix and have gone up to 122. I need to stay around 1000 calories to lose a tiny bit of weight a week or stay the same depending on activity. More than 1500 every day and I start to creep up. I love protein and fruit and vegetables. Bread does me in. I fell good and strong at this weight but feel much better about 5-7 pounds lighter. One pound makes a big difference when you're short doesn't itSmile

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Posted: 28 Sep 2012, 12:18
I am a carb counter - Atkins - and have to keep my carb count pretty low to see downward movement. Usually around 25 net per day - calories at 1200-1500 daily. I am 5'2" and 133lbs (down from 240) and I am 52. So many things factor in and when you are of shorter stature it does make a difference.
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Posted: 02 Jan 2013, 07:33
I count calories, not carbs. I keep to around 1300-1400 per day and exercise at least four times a week - I do Dance Dance Revolution, or go contra dancing, which burns a lot of calories. I have lost around 45 pounds. I truly believe that calories are the way to go rather than carbs, but unprocessed, high fiber generally means lower calories. I watch quantity like a hawk.

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Posted: 06 Jan 2013, 22:51
wow, THIS IS THE BEST THREAD FOR SHORT PEOPLE!!! It confirms just about everything I have been doing. BUT, we all should say our age, next to that average calorie, Im 44 and have always had to keep it at around 1200 or a little more not to gain weight. When trying to lose, I need to be at around 1100. Id rather eat around 2000 but I gain (like I have). Honestly, i get hungry at 1200. My mother is 80 and she has always been skinny, i figured her calore intake at about 95 pounds is about 800. She is alive, and kicking. We should all take supliments because there is no way to get the nutrition we need on what we are allowed to eat and maintain. Wahhoo short people;.. Oh one more thing, i have to keep protein around 30 percent at least to feel well.

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Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 06:11
Thanks guys, am 5'1 and feel sick at 1,000 calories its just took much! Usually aim for 800-950 and I have had no health problems

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Posted: 19 Jan 2013, 10:20
You know, I'd not even considered my height at all in the whole calorie equation. I saw this post and it was like a light bulb went off! Smile As for me, I'm just starting week 3 of my diet/exercise program (I refuse to call is just a and so far I've lost 4.8 lbs on around 1200 calories a day. I tend to concentrate more on the pie chart than the calories though. Now that I've read this, however, I might have to tweak it a little bit. Smile Time to do more research!
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