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Old 11-08-2010, 08:46 PM   #31  
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I'm kinda of freaking out these past few days. I binged, hard and now I need to get back on the horse.

But I'm at that fundamental issue of calorie counting and where to AIM!!!!

I want to lose a steady stream of weight and a GOOD pace. I've seen so many accounts of people losing 100 lbs in like six months but they NEVER say how many calories per day they shot for.

There's a lot of success here so maybe someone can give me some insight.
I've gone as low as 500 but that's ridiculous and I spent most of a month in a daze. I was thinking around 800 but I don't want to go too low.

I know that if I go above 1300 I stop losing in total. Help?

you may have heard this before but it's not the number of calories that matters but you also wanna make sure that you're eating foods that are increasing your metabolism and not slowing it down. You also want to research and avoid estrogenic foods because they make losing weight a lot slower, and instead have more anti-estrogenic foods such as passionflower, avocadoes, and nuts.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:55 AM   #32  
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There is no magic number for weight loss because your caloric needs depend completely on your individual body. Average women seem to lose at 1500 a day. Tinier framed women approach 1200 a day. I'm a giantess, so I have managed to lose 88 pounds in the last year averaging 1600-2100 a day. You need to use a site like sparkpeople or fitday, be honest about your activity level, and let them give you a starting point.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:50 AM   #33  
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you may have heard this before but it's not the number of calories that matters but you also wanna make sure that you're eating foods that are increasing your metabolism and not slowing it down. You also want to research and avoid estrogenic foods because they make losing weight a lot slower, and instead have more anti-estrogenic foods such as passionflower, avocadoes, and nuts.
Estrogenic foods? I've never heard of this before...okay.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:02 AM   #34  
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Um no. Granted I had a baby and regained a lot,
That's a huge wrench in weight loss.

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And dealing with weight loss is going to be something you're going to deal with for the rest of your life - maintenance looks just like weight loss - so you might as well prepare.
I'm prepared to be a socially acceptable weight and actually live a life outside of my house. I think those benefits alone will make the whole ordeal a lot more than bearable.

I think people with functioning lives, you know like actually having children and all that, have no idea where I'm coming from and that's fine. But I'm not spending five more years like this just to be more comfortable by eating more calories. It's not like I can just keep going on with my life while trying to lose weight. I can't even start it until I at least get in an acceptable range.

I haven't been calorie counting, just eating more frequent smaller meals compose of better foods and I already lost most of what I gained.

I think around 1200 should be fine and I really stick to it.
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I went with 1,500 calories because it seemed like a safe and reasonable number to me. It's what you generally see recommended with calorie calculators, etc.

I've read conflicting information about starvation mode and plateaus with calorie restriction... but 1,500 feels comfy now.

I tried 1,200 calories for a week and felt tired and miserable. Probably could have tweaked the foods I was eating to feel better, but it didn't feel too good emotionally... Too close for comfort to when I was severely limiting cals the first time I dieted.

I'm averaging 2lbs a week on this, but I've only been at it for two months so we'll see. In some ways I think a plateau would be beneficial so I can learn to deal with the scale not doing what I want... but so far, so good!
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I went with 1,500 calories because it seemed like a safe and reasonable number to me. It's what you generally see recommended with calorie calculators, etc.

I've read conflicting information about starvation mode and plateaus with calorie restriction... but 1,500 feels comfy now.

I tried 1,200 calories for a week and felt tired and miserable. Probably could have tweaked the foods I was eating to feel better, but it didn't feel too good emotionally... Too close for comfort to when I was severely limiting cals the first time I dieted.

I'm averaging 2lbs a week on this, but I've only been at it for two months so we'll see. In some ways I think a plateau would be beneficial so I can learn to deal with the scale not doing what I want... but so far, so good!
That's awesome! I'm used to thinking on the low end of things so much so now that 1500 seems like A LOT to me. In fact. I noticed that when I don't focus on the numbers and just try to at good foods. I average where I want to be. I think my real problem is the goof days messing up the whole week like someone mentioned before. No more goof days for me. I'm wasting so much time.
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This is my second attempt at losing weight, and the first time I stuck with 1200 calories a day, every day, regardless of exercise (and I was getting a lot of cardio between running and biking every day). In retrospect, that was a mistake for me. Sure, I lost weight fast - but I felt terrible. I lost hair, was tired and hungry all the time, and whenever I went from sitting to standing I got dizzy and had to brace myself against a wall/table to avoid falling.

I regained most of the weight I lost, and I think part of the problem was that I was constantly on the edge of a binge, because I was hungry all the time. If I hadn't been burning on the order of 700 - 1000 calories a day through exercise, I probably could have dealt with 1200 calories fine. I was making good choices and eating healthy, filling food; it just wasn't enough for my activity level.

This time around, I'm sticking around 1500-1600 most days, with moderate exercise. I don't get dizzy, and I've got enough flexibility that if I get very hungry (usually in the evenings), I can have a snack instead of just sticking it out because I already ate my 1200 calories by 5pm. I've lost 30 lbs since early August, so I'm still losing fairly quickly, but I feel much better and my relationship with food is better. I'm having a much easier time turning down off-plan foods (e.g. donuts in the office) because I'm not constantly battling with a growling stomach.

So, in short, it depends on how you feel. If you can sustain 1200 calories and feel good, go for it. For me, while it did result in fast weight loss, it did more harm than good.
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