Calorie Counters - How many calories are you ladies near 300lbs eating?

02-28-2010, 09:27 PM
Hi there. I know every one's bodies are different and what may work for one may not work for another. I was just wanting to get some insight into how many calories per day on average some of you near my weight are consuming?

I am wondering if I need to up my calories a smidge.

Thanks a lot in advance!

02-28-2010, 09:51 PM
I started at 270, I'm now about 230. I am using the same daily calorie range now as when I started 1200-1800 a day. I usually hit between 1400-1600, although some days are closer to 1200 and others closer to 1800. I hope that helps.

02-28-2010, 10:10 PM
I started at 300, and I swear I started at like 2200 a day, which seems crazy now. I am really glad I did: it gave me a month or two to get used to keeping track, to find healthy alternatives, to enter various custom foods, all without feeling hungry or anxious. It was only after I established my new habits that I started really working on a calorie deficit. I cut down 100-200 calories a week until I was at about 1300, and then went back up to 1400 and then 1500, as my exercise routine increased.

02-28-2010, 10:48 PM
I am not a near 300 lb lady but I just had to say I got warm fuzzy feeling inside when I read your signature. :D I wanted so badly to home birth my boys but I wasn't able to because of health complications, but I'm a natural minded "crunchy" mama. ;)

02-28-2010, 10:56 PM
Thank you so much ladies! Thanks babygrant that's so sweet :)

02-28-2010, 11:01 PM
When I started calorie counting at 280+ pounds, I lost steadily at 2000 calories/day. You do have to drop the calories as you lose, but many of us found we didn't have to starve to lose.

03-02-2010, 12:31 AM
I'm at 307 right now I GO as low as 1350 and as high as 1800... I try to calorie cycle to get a weekly average of around 1500-1600.. Some days I don't feel hungry at all and I'll stop at that 1300-1400 range other days I feel literally feel like a bottomless pit that cant get full especially when it's TOM like right now! so on days like that I eat 1700-1800 I'm losing at a nice steady pace!

03-02-2010, 04:09 AM
I started at 281 and I'm eating 1600

03-02-2010, 04:14 AM
My highest point is 2,600. I'm losing well.

03-02-2010, 07:27 AM
I am somewhere between 400 and 450 weightwise and I am eating 1800 calories per day. I have very limited mobility at present so that is why my calories are probably lower then they should be at.

Lori Bell
03-02-2010, 10:01 AM
I started at 1200 calories/day for the first several months until I was well under 300. After a while I upped my weekend calories to 1500/day to allow for more flexibility. So I would eat 1200 calories for 4 days and 1500 for 3 days. To maintain my weight of 140-143, I can safely eat around 1800 to 1900 calories/day.

03-02-2010, 11:33 AM
I started at 1500 - 1800 calories per day. I saw a dietitian who gave me a 1200 calorie diet but I just did not believe that I could eat "just" 1200 calorie/day. I actually seriously doubted that I could lose a large amount of weight. I was wrong! I would have lost much faster if I started with the 1200 calories, but I don't know if I would have stuck with it. Starting with the higher amount and gradually lowering it worked for me but sometimes, I wish that I had been eating 1200 calories a day from the start so that I would have lost more by now. Then I give myself a good kick and say "No regrets!" because I have been successful when I had failed many times in the past.

03-03-2010, 10:40 PM
Thanks for all your insights ladies! I actually averaged my calories for the week last week and it came to 1735 calories a day, and that incorporated a 'splurge' day where I cooked for guests and ate 2500 that day (the other days were around 1600). I like the averaging, that way I can zig zag or plan for occasions where I may splurge a bit.

I am losing steadily but I did want some 'wiggle room' for when I lose more and may need to reduce my calories more.

Thanks again!

03-03-2010, 10:51 PM
I started at 1800 calories at 338. Now I average about 1500 or so.

03-03-2010, 11:14 PM
I started with a range of 1600-1800 @ 350. Now I am comfortable with 1400-1500 and lately, I have been dipping to 1300 some days. Some days I just don't feel like I need that much. I am trying to listen to my body more and ask myself if I need to eat or just want to eat. I almost always end up not eating if I ask myself that before I have an extra snack.

03-04-2010, 12:51 AM
For what it's worth - I use the iPhone LoseIt app to keep track of calories and it says I should be eating 1740 calories a day to lose 2 pounds a week. I have been winding up between 1400 and 1700 depending on what I make.

03-04-2010, 10:43 AM
started between 1900-200 @ 400 lbs.

now at around 277 ish, I eat around 1800 calories.

03-04-2010, 05:50 PM
I eat between 1700-2000 a day and aim for a calorie burn of 3000 a day ( using a go wear fit). 8 aim for a deficit of 1000 a day and lose an average of 2 lbs a week.

Pacifica Bee
03-04-2010, 07:22 PM
I went to a nutritionist who suggested 1200-1800 a day. I have found that I naturally gravitate towards 1400. I very rarely go over the 1400 mark at this point, and in fact usually have to sneak an extra snack in so I don't fall short. If you pop into the Winter Weekly Weigh In thread over in the 300+ area, you can see what my weekly loss has looked like since Jan.

03-05-2010, 11:30 AM
I am not a lady ;) BUT I am right around 300 pounds (clocked in at 314.6lbs this morning) and i was at my highest 534 pounds, I have done 1700 calories from almost day 1 and am down 219 pounds so far.

Lately I find myself floating between 1700 and 1800 calories on most days but I go as high as 1940 calories on the days that I lift weights because I allow for a whey protein shake.

I don't know if I am at the right calorie range or not but its working so I am stickin with it ;)

As Ever

03-05-2010, 04:41 PM
Most the weight I lost at around 300lb was due to dental problems so I was barely managing 1200 calories due to a couple of months of not being able to eat much. I wasn't hungry either. When I restarted last year at 273lb (break in weight loss was due to breaking my ankle) some days I ate 1300 calories (maybe 3 times a week), twice a week ate 2000 and other 2 days abotu 1500. I was actually most full on the 1300 calorie days. The 2000 calorie days were the days I was eating a meal at my parents house and they eat a log of pasta etc. which don't fill me for long. The 1500 days were the days after beign at my parents when I was feeling hungry from the types of food the day before.

I was exercising too so yes my calories were too low some of the time but my body is happy enough to manage on less calories for about 3 months at a time then seems to need a couple of weeks at maintainance level. Don' t know what weight I will get to before that changes.

I have always been all over the place with my calorie levels, changign them to suit me on a day to day bases and eating less or more as weight loss slows. I'm always changing what I'm doing - think I've confused my body into losing weight :)

three herring
03-15-2010, 02:13 PM
My mind can't wrap around the calorie ranges I see so many eat today. In the old days (I hate saying that!) it was standard to go on a 1200 calorie diet if you were a woman. I have counted calories many times and I can say that for me, I could never lose weight on some of the calcs I see on this site....but each to his own!

I started at 307 pounds and for the first 4 months I averaged 1315 calories. In January, since my weight had dropped significantly, I dropped my calorie average to 1277, in Feb it dropped to 1267 and march so far is 1199.

I pay more attention to monthly averages than I do daily counts, so this includes all the holidays, the times I am home and have drinks, etc. I count every calorie, whether high or low. Some days I take in as little as 850, some days as high as 2100. But those are few, most days (this year) I seem to be in the 1000 calorie range.

I believe in dropping calories slightly as weight is being lost, I will be adjusting along the way. Hope you find your good number!

03-15-2010, 03:26 PM
When I was in my 20's, I went onto Nutrisystem, and my calorie level was either 2250 or 2500. I remember thinking "I won't lose on that, I've never heard of any woman losing on that." I lost about 5 to 7 lbs every week.

It really drove home how much I truly had been eating. Although I never claimed to have a slow metabolism. I knew I ate more than most people lots and lots more.

Now, I do have a slow metabolism. Although a good part of it, is being less active because of my health issues. On 1800 calories of high-carb eating, I don't lose or lose extremely slowly (I also have more flares of pain and fatigue, and autoimmune symptoms, including a weird skin rash that my husband calls face-rot).

On 1800 calories of low-carb eating, I lose weight more consistently (though I find it difficult psychologically to reduce carbs enough to lose a pound or two a week). So I lose a lot less than a pound per week, because I struggle eating low enough carb to do it. Even perfectly on plan though, I can't seem to lose weight quickly any more.

I cringe, when I think of all the times that older relatives told me to "lose weight while you're young, because it gets harder as you get older," and I thought "what possible difference can that make."

The calories I'm now eating to lose weight slowly or to maintain my weight, once resulted in rapid weight loss. It's so dramatic that I wouldn't have believed it, if I weren't experiencing it.

I really thought that all overweight people ate like I did. That people who said they didn't eat much where lying, at least to themselves. Now I realize there really can be a large discrepancy between calorie intake of people of all weights. I've met the skinny folks, who eat like horses, and the fat folks who don't eat much. I think activity level plays a big role.

I recently read an article that talked about how as people gain weight, that even unconsciously, they become more efficient in their movements. They move and fidgit less, and I realize that a lot of the people I knew with the metabolism of a hummingbird, also had the movements of a hummingbird. They never sat still.

03-15-2010, 06:46 PM
kaplods ~ I can relate and agree with a lot of what you wrote. I could eat so much more and loose/maintain weight when I was younger (not that I'm old now, 37, but there is definitely a difference from when I was 20). I think activity level is big, not just in formal excercise, but just in how much you move during the day. I did start moving less as I gained weight, I didn't notice it until a couple of years ago, but I used to bounce my leg and tap my fingers a lot; I rarely do either any more (and not because of a concious effort to stop). I used to think loosing weight was all about will power, boy was I wrong, at least for me it's about a whole bunch of stuff, a little will power included :~)