Originally Posted by 3kiddos
oh I'm 5'6 incase anyone wanted to know...I think 1200 calories should get me 2 pounds off a week right?
1200 is the lowest you should really go. Now, I see that you don't have a lot to lose (we are at the same height with the same amt of weight to lose) and while I know the last 10 pounds are the most stubborn, you may not need to drop that low. My thoughts are, if you don't have to bottom out to lose.. why do it? Also, as you lose weight, your body may likely require fewer calories so where would you go if you're already bottomed out? You also need to figure in your activity level (I'm sure with 3 little ones you aren't just sitting around
I'm in the middle of thwarting a re-gain. I gained almost 15 pounds from my original goal of 135 and am losing slowly, but surely. I walk for an hour 5 days a week, do 30 minutes of cardio 6 days a week with 3-4 days of strength training. I gained 2 pounds and topped off at 150 when I started out (which is typical after I've been off-plan, but I got married so I had an excuse
), but am now starting to drop (147.5 this morning). I've been getting away with 1700-1800 calories a day. I will probably have to tweak it at some point when I get closer to goal (it's always changing, it seems).
I would mess around with it and give it a week or so. Do you know how many calories you were previously consuming? There is no set number at which we all lose- everyone is different and you might lose at 1800 or 1268... you just have to try it out. But my advice isn't to bottom out if you don't have to, especially if you are active- you need the fuel!