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Old 04-05-2007, 01:54 PM   #1
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I apologize for asking the same types of questions over and over again, but finding an appropriate calorie range has thrown me for a loop! (I'm a somewhat particular person.)

So, I'd like to see what other people are doing! Some relevant details:

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- Current weight/goal weight
- Exercise frequency
- Daily calorie intake


For me, I'm 25. Current weight is 137, goal weight is 120 (or 115). I exercise for at least 1 hour, 6 days per week. Usually it's more like 1.5 - 2 hours.

I've been trying to keep calories between 1200 - 1300, but it's not working as well as I'd like, and my weekends have been BAD!

Thanks for the responses!!
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:58 PM   #2
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I don't consider myself a good role model (I don't exercise enough and I know it):

- Age 44
- Current weight/goal weight 140/133
- Exercise frequency weekly 5 mile walk with DH and the dogs
- Daily calorie intake 1300-1400 on good days
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:01 PM   #3
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- Current weight/goal weight 143/130
- Exercise frequency Try to do an hour cardio/elliptical daily x's 6 days, and 3 days of weight training.
- Daily calorie intake 1500 but mainly unprocessed food, no sugar, no refined, low starch
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:03 PM   #4
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~I'm almost 30 yo
~My current weight is 175 with a goal weight of somewhere between 145-150 (I haven't quite decided.)
~I try to walk during my lunch hour during the week. I walk 1.5 miles during these walks and I try to walk at least 4 times per week (some weeks are better than others.)
~I try to keep my calories in the 1400-1500 range.

I lose approx 2lbs per week and so far it has been consistant. It sounds like you may need to raise your calories, since you are exercising so much. 1200 calories per day is the lowest you should ever go and if you start there then you can't lower your calories later if necessary.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:17 PM   #5
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Hi!

-I'm 43
-I'm currently 173 lbs, down from 287, goal around 135, a little less is okay too. I will see how I feel when I get there. If I'm still losing, well then that's great, but I am not willing to go to extreme measures to get there (too little calories and too many hours spent exercising).
-I exercise only on days that I eat, so yeah that would be 7 days a week
-Calories per day, I aim for 1200. I don't always make it though, I am sometimes up by a hundred or down by a hundred. So it definitely evens out. I'm fairly consistient.
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:25 PM   #6
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Old 04-05-2007, 02:49 PM   #7
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You mentioned that you try for 1200-1300 a day, and your weekends are bad...and that you are not getting the results that you would like. What exactly did you mean by the weekends are bad-are you going off plan on those days? If you are, that is probably the issue.

If so:

For instance, if you ate 400 extra calories a day on Saturday and Sunday-it would be like you ate 1400+ calories every day of the week-if you stayed on the 1200-1300 plan Monday through Friday. If you eat more than 400 extra on weekends...than that average is even higher.

The smaller you are-the more vigilant you must be about staying in a particular range. When you are 240 pounds, a small slip up here and there isn't a big deal-because larger bodies burn more calories existing...but the last few pounds are much harder-more exercise, being more diligent in staying in your range, etc.
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:01 PM   #8
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Currydi~you should join us in the Featherweights thread! Its for those of us who either don't have a lot to lose or who are on those last few pesky pounds.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:02 PM   #9
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Age: 28
Current weight/goal weight: current 134 /goal weight(not too sure my next short term goal is 127)
Exercise frequency: 90-120 mins a day
Daily calorie intake: I average out to 1455 a day (I have up days and down days)

I do not loose consistenly I will plateau for a while and then drop pounds at a time right now I am back to losing but I am uping my exercise a bit. You need to know how many cals you consume on the weekend then average your week out.
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Old 04-05-2007, 06:24 PM   #10
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- Age 52
- Current weight/goal weight 122/123 (maintaining, but would sort of like to be 120)
- Exercise frequency Try to do 45 minutes cardio/elliptical daily x's 5 days, and 4 days of weight training.
- Daily calorie intake 1300-1400 but mainly unprocessed food, no sugar, no refined, low starch, no wheat products. 3 meals and 2 snacks per day.

I agree with Aphil- look at your weekends! I can undo a whole week of clean eating and exercising in three hours on a Saturday night. You are half my age and probably can get away with a lot more, but I have a ton of muscle mass. If you aren't seeing results, look really carefully at what you are doing off plan, and the quality of food that you are eating.

Also, you say "exercising". What do you mean? For some people that is a leisurely walk. For other, it's a session of heavy weight lifting or bootcamp style lifting, then high intensity interval cardio.

You should be losing at that calorie level if you are consistent.

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Old 04-05-2007, 07:51 PM   #11
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Age 36
- Current weight/goal weight 138.4/? 128 or so
- Exercise frequency - run 4 days ([email protected] miles, [email protected] and up) stationary bike 2x, weights 2x
- Daily calorie intake - target 2000-2100 except on long run day where it is ~ 2600. I actually average 2200-2300/day including planned and unplanned overages. I'm also exclusively nursing (edit: currently nursing is worth about 600 calories so this would be closer to me eating 1600-1700 if I werent nursing)
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:26 PM   #12
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Age: 38
Current weight/goal weight: 120 / 115 (but I am not sure this is realistic, we shall see)
Exercise frequency: 7 days a week.
  • 1 hour of high intensity cardio and weight training with a personal trainer three days a week (Mon-Wed-Fri)
  • one one-hour group session with trainer that is also high intensity cardio and weights (Saturday)
  • 2 days of one hour on cardio machines (stairs, elliptical, and treadmill) plus 15 min abs (I'm supposed to be swimming for one hour on one of these days instead of doing the cardio machines but I haven't been able to make it to the pool lately) (Tues-Thurs)
  • 6 mile run in one hour (Sunday)
Daily calorie intake: 1500 calories, when I'm on plan (which also has been not so much lately)
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Old 04-05-2007, 08:54 PM   #13
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- Age (55)
- Current weight/goal weight (195/160)
- Exercise frequency (Daily exercise- mix of cardio, weights, yoga)
- Daily calorie intake (1200-1800)

My body tends to drop a few pounds then have a happy time at that weight for awhile NO MATTER what I eat and NO MATTER what exercise I do! I've been "zig-zagging" with my calories to see if I can jolt my body into releasing some more pounds. I can lose inches without losing any additional pounds. That's really weird to me but kind of like a surprise gift that I wasn't expecting. Cool!

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Old 04-05-2007, 09:27 PM   #14
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Holy smokes, Barbara! What are you training for? That makes ME look like a slacker!

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Old 04-05-2007, 11:49 PM   #15
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- Age -46
- Current weight/goal weight -131/125
- Exercise frequency -ha! um ... I walk/jog most days (average 30 mins)and just lately have been doing two weight days (average 25 mins) per week
- Daily calorie intake -fitday tells me 1650 cals per day for the last month
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