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Need Help w/ Calorie Intake

When I use one of those online calculators to figure out how many cals I should be eating, the numbers just seem WAY too high for weight loss. For anyone out there who may many cals should a 36yo female 5'6" and 173 lbs be eating in order to lose 20 - hopefully as quickly as possible..but safely of couse.


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Asked by Heather_Rayne at 1:55 PM on Apr. 13, 2010 in Diet & Fitness

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  • Figure out your goal weight, multiply it by 10 and that's your ideal calorie intake.

    try it for one day, and you'll see its not too much.

    Answer by Christina2135 at 1:56 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • If you want to lose weight faster eat less than recommended

    Answer by Christina2135 at 1:57 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • Yea most of them are saying around 1500 a day and I have been sticking to around 1200 TOPS.

    Answer by Heather_Rayne at 2:00 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • I've always heard 10 calories per pound of desired body weight, but I also understand you don't want to go too low either because then your body goes into conservation mode and it's harder to lose.

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:02 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • You HAVE to find our your Basal Metabolic Rate before you can calculate your calories. I calculated yours and your BMR is 1548.55... this is the number of calories it takes for your body to exist by doing nothing all day. In order to live you should be taking in 2400 calories ( 1548.55 * 1.55) In order to LOSE weight you would drop that number by 500 calories ( 1 lbs per week).
    If you are not losing weight it is because you are not taking in enough calories. Your starvation mode is 1548 so if you eat less than that your body will go into starvation mode and store fat instead of burning it. It is essential that you eat more calories to lose weight. It is also vital that you MOVE- at least 30-45 minutes a day of exercise. You need to burn more than you intake. A lb of fat contains 3500 calories so you have to burn 3500 cals to lose just one pound of fat.

    Answer by mcginnisc at 2:50 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • I do exercise about an hour a day - both cardio and strength. So if I wanted to lose 1 lb a week (which sounds so little..ugh) I would eat 1048??

    Answer by Heather_Rayne at 2:54 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • I just found this...what do you think:

    Ex Fat Loss Fat Loss Maintain
    Monday 1359 1812 2265
    Tuesday 1088 1450 1812
    Wednesday 1631 2175 2718
    Thursday 1359 1812 2265
    Friday 1223 1631 2039
    Saturday 1495 1993 2492
    Sunday 1359 1812 2265

    *Calorie cycling provides same amount of calories per week, but 'tricks' your body by constantly changing daily calories. This helps to prevent or break plateaus. Guideline only.

    Answer by Heather_Rayne at 3:01 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

  • No, you'd eat 1900 calories to lose one pound per week. Your BMR calculates it for you- if you don't want to lose weight and maintain you should consume 2400 calories for your age, height and weight. If you want to lose weight you drop from 2400- 1900 calories.
    For instance, I am 34 ( for a few more days), 5'1", and now 137 lbs. In December I was 167 lbs. I started cutting calories to 1500 instead of the 2100 I should have been consuming and began dropping weight like crazy! I also work out 6 days a week. I run, do strength training, Yoga, do the Jillian Michael's 30 day shred, pushups, crunches, squats, and of course regular everyday activities.
    I burn over 2000 calories a day and consume about 1400-1500 daily. I've lost 30 lbs since December and DH has lost over 40 lbs.
    Pm me if you have questions.

    Answer by mcginnisc at 5:01 PM on Apr. 13, 2010

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