100 lb. Club - how many calories should i be eating




carol flo
07-19-2009, 01:54 PM
i just want a few suggestions - I weigh 259 and have about 100 lbs to lose - I am walking every morning but need a starting point for how many calories to eat in the beginning - all advice will be appreciated!!!


Rosinante
07-19-2009, 02:00 PM
best thing imho is to log into sparkpeople.com (there are others but this is my favourite). You put in your start weight, your goal weight and the date you want to lose it by, and it gives you a calorie budget, not only how few you can eat but how many you Must eat. This is important, because if you go too low too soon, it actually slows down weightloss.

You need to enter a date to get the programme to generate your budget, and if you try for more than 2lbs a week average, it refuses to give you anything. Don't get too hung up on the date, that can be counterproductive, but you need to put something in to get the programme up and running.

Good luck!

BarbPA
07-19-2009, 05:42 PM
There are certainly some good resources out there. I have used FitDay and currently use The Daily Plate. I work with a personal trainer who helped me determine my calories. I started at 340 pounds on an 1800 calorie per day diet. I am now about 230 and eat around 1600-1800 calories per day. I do exercise pretty hard - 3 days of weight training and 6-7 days of cardio per week. I'd suggest starting in the 1600-1800 calorie range. You don't want to start too low. Focus on healthy choices w/in those calories. Lean proteins, veggies, fruits, oats, low-fat dairy.... This site is full of fabulous info and people. Just reach out to us.
:) Barb


Meg
07-19-2009, 06:03 PM
I second Barb's suggestion of 1600 - 1800 calories. And most emphatically agree with squeezing every drop of nutrition out of those calories!

My starting weight was almost exactly yours and I picked 1600 calories as a reasonable starting point. Give it a try and see how it works for you!

Pita09
07-19-2009, 07:11 PM
I do between 1500-1600, and I agree that it's so important to keep those calories as nutritious as possible.

Onederchic
07-19-2009, 07:20 PM
I am 197 pounds( love typing this :D, 5'2", 38 years old (just sayin' :D). Mine range from 1200-1600, depends on what activities I am doing that day. I also try to be sure I am eating healthy, nutritious foods :D

ValRock
07-19-2009, 07:26 PM
You're about where I was when I started :). I eat anywhere from 1400-1800 calories a day with more days on the 1400 side lately because I'm just not as hungry as I used to be. I've been losing steadily with those numbers. I read somewhere that you should take your ideal weight and multiply by 10 to get your daily calories. I want to weigh 157 so I should aim to eat about 1570 calories to maintain that.

You can do it!

knitsforfive
07-19-2009, 10:35 PM
Do you all count your calories BEFORE working out or do you include your caloric expenditure in your total?

Charbar
07-19-2009, 10:58 PM
Look at food as fuel :) You want to look at fiber, protein and everything else. For me I eat anywhere from 1200-1800. I think it's good to vary your day. Some days will be easier then others - go with the flow. Be conscious of if you feel full or not. Pay attn to what fills you up. I probably avg at 1500 calories/day. Change this up - your body won't know what hit it! If you are hungry - eat - but eat healthy. It will come off!

ValRock
07-20-2009, 12:33 AM
Do you all count your calories BEFORE working out or do you include your caloric expenditure in your total?

I count my calories before any physical activity. Anything I do is just icing on the caloric deficit cake :).

Lori259
07-20-2009, 01:03 AM
www.freedieting.com ~I use there calculators on that site alot of times.

I personally started out at 259 Like you and I have always ate around 1400 daily. and have lost 71.5 lbs in 8 months & 5 days.
But maybe if you can talk to your doctor and see what they think is a good amount for you. That is very helpful also because everyone is so different.

GOODLUCK!!!!

cfmama
07-20-2009, 01:31 AM
I started out at 377 lbs and eating 1800 calories. Around 310ish the last time I looked I went down to 1700 and I am now (just recently) down to 1600 and losing weight nicely still. I've lost 134 lbs in just under 10 months.

I eat SUPER NUTRITIOUS though and I suggest you do the same.

Meg
07-20-2009, 05:48 AM
Do you all count your calories BEFORE working out or do you include your caloric expenditure in your total?

Since it's impossible to accurately quantify our exercise totals (unless we spend a week in a lab), I've never bothered to estimate calories burned. My daily calorie is what I eat, period. :)

Rosinante
07-20-2009, 06:38 AM
Me too. I have the daily budget and if I burn any in exercise (can you tell I don't do enough?) that's a bonus.

carol flo
07-20-2009, 06:46 AM
You're about where I was when I started :). I eat anywhere from 1400-1800 calories a day with more days on the 1400 side lately because I'm just not as hungry as I used to be. I've been losing steadily with those numbers. I read somewhere that you should take your ideal weight and multiply by 10 to get your daily calories. I want to weigh 157 so I should aim to eat about 1570 calories to maintain that.

You can do it!

thanks so much! you are right - you were my size when you started - I just got on the scale this morning and was 257.6 so literally I am at your starting point - you have done so well - I feel really motivated but I can't beleieve how much more I have to lose! thanks for your help!

Lady from Joppa
07-21-2009, 10:10 AM
I weighed 289 when I started and began at 2000 calories. Every week or 2 I would evaluate my loss and how I felt and then went down 100 calories. I have lost 25 lbs and now eat between 1400-1600.

wendyland
07-21-2009, 12:18 PM
I lose about 1 - 1.5 lbs a week if drop to 1800 & I started at about 235 lbs. I feel more satisfied at 1800. I've tried to go lower but feel like I'm starving and end up binging. I'm going to stay and 1800 until I'm not losing anymore. I would start high (1900 - 2000) for a few weeks and see how it goes. If you're losing stay there. It's easy to think that if you go low, you'll lose a lot fast. A lot of people eat too little and actually stall their weight loss.

I use thedailyplate, btw. I love it.

synger
07-21-2009, 01:47 PM
A lot of it also depends on your body... have you gone up and down in weight for a long time? Do you have medical issues (diabetes, PCOS, etc) or are taking medications that might cause you to hold weight or water? Are you exercising regularly?

What works for one woman may not work for you. And comparing yourself to others can be a lesson in frustration, especially if you DO have some issues that cause your body to hold onto its weight more than other women do.

I'd try a different response...


Go to a food diary site (thedailyplate, fitday, sparkspeople)
Record what you are eating CURRENTLY for about a week
Look at your average for the week -- that's the amount of calories that's keeping you at your current weight
Aim for 300-500 fewer calories each day.
Do that for another week. See how you feel. Are you too hungry? Add fiber-full and protein-full choices, or raise your calorie level a bit.
Look at the types of foods you are eating. Make some healthier choices.
Add 30 minutes of walking each day (if you're not exercising already)
Revisit your plan each month. See what's working and what's not (amount of calories, types of food, amount/type of exercise)
Adjust as necessary.
let us know how you're doing... support is really important!