Very Low (healthy) Calories vs. Heavy Workouts.

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kmesiab

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 17:02
Calorie Recalibration

After some more research, I've adjusted my calorie count by half. Now I'm now at 1200 a day.

Test Case

I'm a little skeptical about such a low count. The literature is ambiguous and a lot of people have conflicting advice.

Medical Advice

My mom is a pediatrician. She agreed 1000 calories was too low and 1200 should be the minimum. However, with my weight training and swimming every day, perhaps even 1200 is too low.

Eating Habits/Diets

I'm curious if the advocates for such a low calorie count are as active. Eating well and exercising seems logical for losing body fat and becoming fit. I eat a LOT of veggies and small portions of lean chicken breast, turkey and a lot of fish.

Practical Baseline

When I was younger and fought fire for the BLM, they had us on a 4,000 calorie diet because we worked so hard during the day.

Could eating such few calories limit my ability to lose body fat while building a lot of lean muscle and increasing heart health and stamina?

It seems logical that putting in an hour a day lifting weights and another hour swimming laps requires a lot more caloric intake than 1200 calories.


What do you think?
NCNOLE

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Posted: 18 Sep 2013, 18:28
It will probably work initially, but eventually your body realizes it's being starved and will try to hold onto the weight.
kmesiab

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 11:02
What would you guys consider a proper caloric intake should be?
kingkeld

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 13:20
If you're swimming and doing weight training every day, then I'd say that 1200 is DEFINITELY too low. You'll risk losing lots of muscle along with the fat loss. So not worth it.
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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 15:27
The amount of calories eaten daily depends on the person male/female, young/old, active/inactive. Since you are active then 1200 is too low. I don't know how old you are or what gender you are to answer your question. What did fatsecret calculate your rdi to be?
mariely777

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 15:36
hello I'm new here. and my RDI calculate that my calorie amount should be 2,300.. I think that's way too much for a not so active person 5'6 tall and 15 old.. so what do you think guys? I'm here because I've had soooooo many different answers about how many calories a should eat daily that I don't even know how many calories to eat... I've been told by other pages that I should eat 1,800, 1,200, 1,350, 1,400, and now 2,300!!??. what do I do? HELP!!
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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 19:00
@mariely, If you are 15, then you are still growing and need to make sure you are getting enough nutrients. You are probably active if you are still in school and moving around during the day. I would focus on adding exercise - weight training if you can. Lifting weights helps make you leaner. I wish someone would have told me that I could look better at my high school weight if I just worked out. I weigh now just over my high school weight, but look tons better! Exercise is key, but also nutrition is important to shed pounds and for overall health. I would probably aim for at least 2000 and see how you do. ( I don't know if you are male or female - if you are female, might go down to 1800) If you lose more than 2 lbs/week, then eat more, if you lose less than 1 lb/week then eat less. You don't want to go too low calorie for too long of a timeframe.
kmesiab

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 23:36
I'm a male, 32 years old, 5'8''. I started last week at 194 and am currently at 190.

When I was in college, I ate whatever I wanted and was ripped. But I was in the gym every day. Now that my metabolism has slowed, I have to watch my intake.

But I don't care about the number on the scale, so much as how fit I am and look. But since times (age) has changed, caloric intake has become a concern.

My other kick is Atkins. I feel like the Atkins diet promotes the reduction of carbs, but without carbs, I can't work out AT ALL. It seems like the Atkins diet is great for people who sit around all day.

Fact or fiction?
kmesiab

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Posted: 19 Sep 2013, 23:37
Oh, and at 15, just stay active. Don't sit around and play video games all day (not that you do). You're growing still, like the other poster said. You NEED to eat. But eating a lot and not staying active is a recipe for obesity.
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Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 10:48
If you are a teeager your body is still growing and changing. Your body needs the proper nutrients for that growth. Very low calorie reduction diets should be avoided for very young people. Step up the exercise instead. Eat a good and healthy maintenance diet designed for your gender, height and bone structure. If you are exercising for the purpose of building muscle, the muscle needs protein replenishment and alot more calories. Too many and you will "BULK" up.

If you are a petite female of 60 years of age your caloric needs are going to be alot lower than a 5 feet 8 inch 15 year old. It depends on the individual case, and for an older person like myself, a physician has already prescribed 1000 calories per day.. Walking is the exercise of choice due to joint issue.
mariely777

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Posted: 20 Sep 2013, 14:40
thank you all for your answers. Im a girl by the way.. I think Ill just watch out portions and exercise because when I keep my mind on calories it stresses me (idk if I spelled that right) but thank you anyways. all of you really helped. god bless!!



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