What to do if the calories your suppose to eat are too many?

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Lisa929

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 08:52
I just started a new weight loss plan yesterday, just cutting back on carbs and sugar, increasing the water and adding at least 2 hours of exercise (walking, strength training, yoga and/or machines) to my daily regime. However, when I calculated my calorie intake it said I would need to eat 2300 calories a day but yesterday I could only eat 1400 calories which is a huge deficiet. So my question is will not eating the recommended calorie intake hinder me from losing weight or will I lose more? I don't want to do anything that will result in no weight loss especially during my first week. And how am I suppose to increase my calories when what I ate filled me up for the day????
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chmilz

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 09:24
it will hinder you. if you're only eating 1400 calories in a day and working out for 2 hours(say burning at least 400 calories, possibly more) you're starving your body. You also need to take into account what your body burns naturally throughout the day. I deffinitely recommend eating those 2300 calories daily. After your 2 hours of excercise, you'll have a defecit for sure.
cabrads

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 09:46
I feel ya. That thing told me I needed over 3000 calories a day! No way could I possibly eat that much. Seriously the idea makes me feel icky. I base how much on what my body is telling me. How do you feel? Sick, weak, anxious, always hungry? If I feel like that then I know I'm not eating enough. MHO, I think the calculator is off.
greerp

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 10:01
3000 is alot. Something does not add up right. But either way, if you are doing cardio and resistance, make sure you eat enough calories (the right ones, i.e., stay away from the bad carbs and put some extra fat in your diet).
Bchgurl

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 11:00
Why do you feel like you have to, or even should, exercise for at least two hours a day, every day? Exercise is one of those 'less is more' cases, after 45 minutes to an hour, you're really doing more harm than good.

If you cut back on the exercise and recalculate your activity level, you will get a more reasonable number. But if you insist on the 2 hours a day number, you need to make sure you are getting enough, quality calories, the right times of the day, based on when you exercise.
gnat824

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 11:44
Lisa, I agree with several of these posters that you might be overdoing on the exercise, but it sounds like you're severely lowballing your calories, too. I work out 5-6 days a week for 35-60 minutes and having been losing weight averaging 1900 calories a day! Granted, we're all different but it seems to be a common misconception that you have to keep your calories extremely low to lose weight. In reality, your body will let go of pounds faster if you're feeding it properly. At your weight, your maintenance level is till fairly high, so you'll be able to run deficits even when you eat more. The trick is to maintain consistent deficits but not overdo it. Whatever exercise level you end up at, make sure you're eating enough calories to keep your deficit somewhere in the 1000-1500 range. Then, once you have some results to play with (at least several weeks) you can start changing it up and see what happens. BTW, that ballpark is based on only logging true exercise, not things like desk work. There seems to be general agreement that these things overstate your daily calorie burn.

Good luck!
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kokusho

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 12:26
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Why do you feel like you have to, or even should, exercise for at least two hours a day, every day? Exercise is one of those 'less is more' cases, after 45 minutes to an hour, you're really doing more harm than good.

Completely agree.
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cabrads

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 13:01
I think you're on the right track with your diet and exercise, but I would start out slower with something that is easier to maintain and build upon. How about 30 minutes of walking that gets your heart rate up 3 times a week and 2 days of yoga and/or weights? That way your body gets used to it and you don't feel the next day fatigue/muscle soreness that makes you feel like you're coming down with the flu. I'm telling this same thing to my husband lately. He's trying to run with me (he's NOT a runner), and I don't think he's near ready to hang even on short runs Smile As you get used to it, then go from there and increase intensity and speed. Then add more time from there. You're body will know when it's ready. The problem I think is we sometimes get so overly motivated and excited we end up killing ourselves too much in the beginning. Just remember, that you can do this!!! Good luck!

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From my own experience, there is nothing wrong with 2 hours of working out, as long as you are used to it. Just my 2 cents.
ProfessorVal

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Posted: 03 May 2011, 13:19
I am finally getting good results from my exercise and eating routine. I am working out for 20 minutes 3 times per day... 6am, after lunch, and before (or after) dinner. I find that my body responds best to shorter workings 3 times per day than 1 longer workout. What works for one person may not work for another.

Those estimates on daily caloric intake requirement is showing you what you need to eat in order to MAINTAIN your current weight. 1400 cal a day is very reasonable and will help you lose weight. That's all there is to it. 1200 is as low as you should go on a regular basis (unless directed by a doc to go lower) but 1400 is very reasonable.



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