Weight Loss Support - About how many calories do you consume?




jd6418
07-08-2013, 09:38 AM
Hi All,

I just thought it would be nice if everyone could post their height, weight, how many days you work out and around the amount of calories you consume. Also if you have bad days. I am trying to get a general consensus on if what I am consuming is accurate and this could help others out as well.

I am 5'3, 150 lbs, workout at the least 5 days a week (45-60 mins plus) and consume about 1500-1600 calories. I have been told my some (including dietician) that I should be eating close to 1800-1900 a day. I am worried that may be too much but on the other hand I hit a plateau, so that could mean I am really not eating enough. I do have an occasional cheat day once a week or every two weeks.

Thanks in advance!


KatMarie
07-08-2013, 10:18 AM
I'm 5'6.5 and maintain on 1800-2000 calories. I don't workout hard. I do 20-30 minutes a day...one day weightlifting the next day elliptical and gazelle...7 days a week.
When I was losing I ate anywhere from 1200-1500. I didn't have cheat days and pretty much stayed on plan while losing.

Garnet2727
07-08-2013, 10:22 AM
I'm 5' 7", 218 pounds and I'm eating right around 1600 calories a day. I don't really work out. I do take walks on days when my feet and ankles are not too painful.


Tuscany
07-08-2013, 10:30 AM
I'm 5' 5" and weigh 162 lbs, plus I'm 55 years old (meaning my maintenance calorie requirements are less than someone younger). I eat between 1,200 and 1,400 each day. I work out (weights) between 4 and 6 times each week, plus I walk daily for at least 45 minutes (outside when the weather's good, treadmill otherwise). Recognize, however, that my work-outs are not as difficult as many others, given my age. Put another way, I don't work out at the same intensity as Jillian Michaels!

I don't have any cheat days. If I feel the need for a snack, then I'll throw in a protein bar or something similar, which typically takes me to the upper end of my calorie range for that day.

Psychic
07-08-2013, 10:31 AM
I'm 5'5" and I weight 175 pounds. I shoot for 1400-1500 calories a day. When I actually stay on plan every day, I lose about a pound a week. I try to exercise 2 or 3 days a week, but I'm pretty bad at it.

jd6418
07-08-2013, 10:52 AM
This is great. Just goes to show everyone loses/maintains on different levels. This is why it is so hard for me to target calories I should eat to lose.

luckymommy
07-08-2013, 10:58 AM
I'm 5'9 and I weigh 176. I eat 1200-1600 calories a day but I've had days when I've only had 1,000 calories and last night, I had 2,000 calories because I felt completely depleted of energy. I work out every day and my workouts vary from walking, hiking, climbing stairs, and a bit of weights. I've just started kettlebell workouts to increase my muscle mass in hopes of speeding up the metabolism. I"m 42 btw.

freelancemomma
07-08-2013, 11:51 AM
56 years old, exercise about 3 hours per week (in 4 sessions), maintain at 145 lbs on about 2,000 cals.

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Dottington
07-08-2013, 11:59 AM
I'm 5'6, 150ish lbs, 25 years old. I work out a lot, lots of hiking, walking, and recently getting back into weight training type stuff. I'd say on average its about 1500, with spike days here and there for when I do day hikes. I also give myself one meal off per week so I don't get too crazy :p

Hoopty
07-08-2013, 12:18 PM
5'5" - 139.4 lbs this AM - 1600 calories on average

I do weight training about 3-4 days a week, just started running again (about 3 days a week) and I am on my feet all day long if I'm at work. So sometimes, when I do a little more, I tend to eat more. If I'm off from work or don't feel like working out, I usually eat a little less.

Trail Runner
07-08-2013, 12:27 PM
I am 5'-5" and currently 148 pounds.

I am trying to lose right now, and am attempting to keep my net calories around 1400. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm eating 1400 calories a day. I'm very active and always add back in my exercise calories.

I bike commute to work (~31-32 mile round trip) a few days a week and on those days I eat a lot more. So I'll consume 2400 calories, but I've burned around 1000+ from getting to/from work.

Today, I drove to work and it's a rest/recovery day for me, so I'll only eat around 1500-1600 calories. If I try to go too low on days that I don't exercise, otherwise I end up wanting to gnaw my arm off. I personally don't like to eat the exact same amount of calories every day. If I run 5 miles, I'll add back in those calories. For me it's easier to adjust according to what I did that day, especially since it varies a lot.

sontaikle
07-08-2013, 12:28 PM
I'm 5'3", 25 years old and weigh ~115lbs. I'm trying to shed a few so I'm losing on 1400-1600 calories, but I can maintain 112 on 2000+ I might actually increase my calories because I'm losing a bit too quickly I think.

I workout 6-7 days a week. 2-3 of those times are weight training.

Pink Hurricane
07-08-2013, 12:43 PM
I'm 5'5" 249lbs and eat anywhere from 1400-1700 calories in a given day depending on how much exercise I have done and that is for me to lose weight.

Buffinlovin
07-08-2013, 02:50 PM
I'm 5'2, 207.9 lbs and I eat 1200 calories a day. On days I exercise, I try not to use those additional calories but don't beat myself up if I do. I think of it like a cushion in case I want to eat something that I wouldn't normally eat on plan. I work out 2-3 times a week for an hour on the elliptical, and about 2-3 times a week walking for about 30-60 min at around 2mph. I see upticks in my weight occasionally, but on average I'm seeing about a 1lb-2lb weight loss per week.

Arrwillia
07-08-2013, 03:14 PM
I'm a little over 5'7 and currently weigh 187. I've been tracking calories and exercise with myfitnesspal. I run 4 days a week, 2.5-5 miles per run and I also spend 4 hrs/wk mowing my yard (1.3 acres...yeah). On days when I mow and run I eat around 1600-1800 calories. I stick closer to 1200 on non exercise days. So far I'm down 18 lbs in 12 wks.

Miggy
07-08-2013, 04:39 PM
I'm 5'6", 203 pounds, and I eat about 1,500 cals a day. I exercise 30-45 mins on the elliptical everyday, and I don't have cheat days, since they make me eat a TON more.

CandieRae
07-08-2013, 11:48 PM
5'4. 198ish lbs. 27 years old.

How many calories I eat? Between 1200-1400 a day.
Do I ever cheat? RARELY.
How much do I exercise? SOMETHING everyday. I run 1 mile then walk 1 mile every other day. Yoga everyday. Situps and crunches every other. Shoot hoops. Bike ride.

I've been at this for 4 weeks now. The weight is coming off nicely.

HungryHungryHippo
07-09-2013, 12:15 AM
I'm 5', under 90 pounds, and I maintain on 1200-1400 calories a day, and work out 6 days a week, for 35 minutes a day, either Jillian or running (3 miles).

Changergirl
07-10-2013, 02:18 AM
I'm 5'7 and 170 pounds. I currently eat about 1800 calories on days that I go to the gym (60 minutes usually running, biking or lifting 5x/week) and I try to stick around 1550 calories on off days.

Before I started going to the gym I ate between 1500-1600 calories and lost weight consistently at about 1.5-2 pounds a week.

I don't have cheat days, but I also don't keep my calories low enough that I feel like I need to, it's all about moderation.

Sheena82
07-10-2013, 03:14 AM
5ft 2in and now 159lbs, i eat between 1100-1300 kcals a day, averaging roughly 1200. Been slack on the exercise recently but jillian when i do get my backside up. Also i tried a cheat meal, one week was fine, one meal turned into a weekend and took two weeks to get off. On mini break this weekend so will trrrry to make some sensible choices.

SuperHeroTeacher
07-10-2013, 05:24 PM
I'm 5'2", 40 years old, consume 800-1000 calories daily ON A MEDICALLY SUPERVISED PLAN, exercise 3-6 days/week. Usually lap swim (60-90 minutes) or Leslie Sansone videos (1 or 2 mile walk). I've lost 40+ pounds since March 30, 1-4 pounds per week. I don't cheat, with the exception of last week, when I gained 1/2 pound.

krampus
07-10-2013, 05:51 PM
I'm 5'5, 120ish pounds, probably low-mid 20s %BF, and I maintain at 2000+/day if you take a week and average it all out.

I exercise 5-6 days a week - running (steady state and HIIT sprints), weightlifting (no deadlifts or heavy leg work for now, injury), the occasional spin or pilates class.

geoblewis
07-11-2013, 09:43 AM
I'm 52, 5' 10.5" tall, and weigh 311. I am currently doing Intermittent Fasting on a modified Paleolithic Diet, and I average 1875 calories per day. I do Pilates for an hour on five days per week, and a cardio/TRX/weights routine three days per week. And I do no form of exercise on the weekends.

Stars
07-11-2013, 09:54 AM
I am 5' 3" and 118.4 lbs. I have under 1000 calories a day. Probably about 900 cals. I don't work out. I am active for most days though so I consider that my "exercise". I used to do exercise such as some walking at home video but it's not intense enough to make a big impact and I can't do most type exercises because I need muscle and hernia repair resulting from my pregnancy. I can make things worse if I am not careful.

Anyway, I am pretty happy with my method, as I am losing weight and I look really good! The only downfalls I had was binge eating and gaining about 10 lbs back but I am back on track now and lost the weight I regained.

novangel
07-11-2013, 11:31 AM
You can see my height/weight on the side (I'm 38) but I was running 5-6 days a week, averaging 20mi a week but I have chilled on that a bit now that I'm past goal. I was really trying to watch my cals while losing but now I'm all over the place. One day I'll eat 1,000 the next approx 1,500-1,800. I've somehow managed to maintain my weight since April this way. I also fast during the day, I tend to not eat a solid meal until later in the day but I have always been this way. I stopped keeping track in May after I started a new job and got side tracked. I don't recommend mental tracking to others, keep it on paper. I'm sure there's cals I've missed and I've just been lucky. I'm not a junk/sweets person though.

carbstart
07-11-2013, 11:55 AM
I'm 5'8" and eat net 1200-1300 calories a day. I use a fitbit and MFP to calculate this. I walk 2-3 hours a day and rarely go over my daily calorie goal. But then again, I do have some medication help to counteract the weight gain from my SSRIs (antidepressants) so this makes staying within 1200-1300 easy. I'm able to actually not finish what's on my plate for the first time.

Mama Whitty
07-11-2013, 07:01 PM
I am 5 foot 2. I weigh 146. I eat 1200 calories a day. Get in a hour of exercise every day. I do 30 minutes walking up intense hills & 30 minutes jogging on the flat straight parts. I do rarely have a cheat day, but I still record everything. Hopefully it balances out since I am under 1200 calories on so many days.

mccull83
07-11-2013, 09:09 PM
I am 5'8", 248 pounds and eat 1200-1700 calories/day (and one cheat day a week of 2,000 calories) and exercise 30-45minutes 6 days a week. I have a desk job, but try get up and walk around for 5 minutes 3 times a day. (Not sure how much that means I loose a week)

shutterbugmama84
07-11-2013, 09:42 PM
I'm 5'5" and 211 lbs. I stayed at about 1200 calories for the first month but found I was always starving. I lost 16 lbs in that months so decided to up it to 1500 a day and I'm okay with the weight loss slowing down a bit. I work out pretty hard (cardio and weight lifting) 5 days a week.

jd6418
07-12-2013, 11:40 AM
Hi All,

I just thought it would be nice if everyone could post their height, weight, how many days you work out and around the amount of calories you consume. Also if you have bad days. I am trying to get a general consensus on if what I am consuming is accurate and this could help others out as well.

I am 5'3, 150 lbs, workout at the least 5 days a week (45-60 mins plus) and consume about 1500-1600 calories. I have been told my some (including dietician) that I should be eating close to 1800-1900 a day. I am worried that may be too much but on the other hand I hit a plateau, so that could mean I am really not eating enough. I do have an occasional cheat day once a week or every two weeks.

Thanks in advance!


So I decided to up my calories to about 1700 plus and in 3 days I went from 150 to 148.6..hopefully this means I am no longer on my plateau.

patns
07-12-2013, 01:04 PM
As others have mentioned age really factors into this too. When I turned several years ago I joined WW and thought they made a mistake with how few points they said I could have. They said research is showing after mid 50s women in particular need much less food. I thought they were nuts but as time went on and I tried other methods I unfortunately found out that was right.
The problem is muscle turns to fat as we get older, more each year.
The secret is to build up muscle when you are younger and keep up that form of exercise as you get older.