How many calories do you have daily?

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Posted: 07 Jan 2012, 17:12
When I did the RDI calculation through Fat Secret, it said I need like 2300 calories a day to lose weight moderately. That seems like a lot. Right now, I put my RDI at 2100 but it doesn't seem low enough compared to what I always hear about low calorie diets. I just want to know what everyone else has a day. I'm 23 and want to lose about 45 pounds. Am I having too many calories?

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Posted: 07 Jan 2012, 18:24
Because you are young you need more food.. so no one has the same amount. .. hope this link helps

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Posted: 07 Jan 2012, 18:38
3500-4000 a day, which maintains my weight. I do (apparently) a lot of exercise.

edit: my RDI is 2800 calories, but biking in winter ramps that up significantly.

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Posted: 07 Jan 2012, 20:31
Great forum topic Amber! I like to go with doing the math! It works! One pound is 3500 calories. To lose a minimum of 2 pounds a week you have to cut back 7000 calories from your week. RDI calculator states that I need to eat 2300 calories per day to maintain my weight of 214 pounds. If I enter that I want a moderate weight loss of 1 pound per week, it says my RDI should be 1800 calores per day.

So this is what I have done. I am working one eating only 1200 calories per day. Here's the math that tells me I am going to lose weight! 2300 is my RDI to maintain, so for the whole week to maintain my weight I must eat 16100 calories. With my RDI being at 1200, I am eating 84000 calories a week. I have decreased my weekly calories by 7700. So if 1 pound equals 3500 calories that will give me a weight loss of 2.2lbs a week.

I know my answer is a little long winded, and yes tons of other factors, can affect weight loss, like medications, sodium, bloating etc. However this has really worked for me. You just have to find what works for you. People also don't sometimes realize the importance of a low sodium diet. You should be getting no more then 1500-2000mg of sodium a day. Too much sodium and your body will retain a lot of the healthy 8 cups of water you been drinking a day!!

If you have any questions please feel free to message me!! Weight loss really is all about the MATH! Smile For me anyways! And so far it is paying off on the scale! Smile

Good luck everybody 2012 is all about positive attitude and getting to GOAL!
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Posted: 07 Jan 2012, 20:56
I am eating 1200 calories per day... well this is my goal, I am more around 1150 but that's ok. Try not going under that, it puts the body in starvation mode. I once did a 500-600 cal per day diet and it was disastrous on my global health... lost hair and felt awful! So 1200 cals for me now !!

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Posted: 07 Jan 2012, 23:13
Hello all, I am new to this site, I have been losing weight on my own since July 2011, what I do is calorie cycle meaning I eat anywhere between a minimum of 1200 calories to a maximum of 1800 depending on how hungry I feel and the current situation. It is working for me, I dont feel like I am dieting and I have lost about 77lb so far. I also avoid processed foods as they dont tend to have the nutrients I need and leave me with cravings.

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 09:50
I have been dieting for 2 weeks now, exercising 5x per week, keeping close to 1500 calories (recording food very accurately). Can someone look at my diet/exercise, and give me tips on why I am not losing?

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 10:32
I am no expert but with all I read about carbs being bad I'd say that the large quantity you are consuming might affect your weight loss.

If you want to know more about it you might want to listen to the Food Revolution video on youtube or maybe read the great book ''Wheat Belly''... there are much more interesting videos to watch as well like Fat Head and The Cause of Obesity by Dr Lustig.

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Posted: 08 Jan 2012, 12:37
I am not an expert either, but it also looks like too much carbs (and of wrong type) to me. I would eliminate Starbucks. If you need coffee (I do) try to switch to black, no sugar, or espresso with no sugar. It is acquired taste but it would be saving you a lot of money and empty calories. Try to switch to steal cut oatmeal, wheat cream is pure sugar from diet perspective. Also some people, myself included are intolerant to wheat, and do not do very well on large quantities of grains. Raisins are candies in disguise and are not the best choice for weight loss either. Try to get majority of your carbs from vegetables (limit white potatoes though) and not from cereals and added sugar. Fruit are good for you, but also in moderation. Don't be afraid of fat, if you reduce "bad" carbs your fat and protein percentage will go up. Just try to eat good fats.
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~ Author Unknown
It doesn’t matter what diet you follow… What matters is what makes you follow your diet. ~ Tom Venuto

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Posted: 09 Jan 2012, 15:42
I'm a male, 54 years old, 6' and I started about about 305'ish. My nutritionist put me on 2200 calories at first and I worked my way down to 2000. That's where I am now.
--Dave Griffin

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Posted: 09 Jan 2012, 15:53
I read a great article about just this topic and why people stick to the math but can't seem to lose. Here it is:

It was an eye-opener for me. Not sure I'm up for how hard it is to lose and maintain for some of us, but I can't accept the alternative either. Good luck!

BTW, the FS calculator said I can lose on 2200 calories per day, but even eating low carb I have to stay under 1600 calories and 25g NET carbs in order to lose at all, though I can maintain on as many as 2000 cals/day and eat some whole-grain carbs and fruit.

Love the food that loves you back.

Take it one day at a time!

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Posted: 09 Jan 2012, 19:08
I've found that I can eat more than what most calorie counters suggest. I reached my goal weight in October, and I figured I would maintain it on 1700-1800 a day --- but I kept losing. So, now, I'm up to 2000-2100. I'll weigh in on Saturday to see how that is going.

I'm a 5 ft 3, 43-y-o female, and I am pleasantly surprised that I can eat at such a high calorie level.

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