How many calories should I be eating?
Topic: How many calories should I be eating?
April 24, 2019 / By Breanne Question:
I'm 22, 5'1" and obese at about 190-200 pounds. I'm just wondering, how many calories should I be eating to lose weight? I would like to weigh about 110-115 pounds, and lose about 2 pounds a week.
I don't want to eat too little calories, because I know I'll go into starvation mode and my weight loss will stall. So what's considered too little, and what's considered too much?
And if I do cardio at the gym for 30 minutes 5 days a week and strength training twice a week for 5 minutes (I will increase exercise as I get fitter)?
Best Answers: How many calories should I be eating?
Alethea | 6 days ago
According to this calculator, you need about 2,500 calories to maintain current weight.
Since you want to lose weight, it would be safe to drop that down to about 1,700 calories. Don't ever go under 1,200 or your metabolism will drastically slow down.
Good luck :)
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Originally Answered: Whats the differene in eating 500 calories worth of junk food and eating 500 calories in healthy food?
The nutrients and the other junk in the junk food.
When it comes to weight loss, controlling calories is more important than eating healthily but when it comes down to your exercise performance, What you eat becomes much more important.
Assuming your fitness levels are the same, your partner would in all likely hood perform better.
Thats why if your starting a weight loss program, exercise is more important than your food intake to begin with. The exercise will encourage you too eat more healthily so you feel like you havent wasted your time because you ate that "junk".
Where as if you just change your diet the only thing your doing is testing your strength of will to stay on that perfet diet.
ur weight plus 1,500 plus ur weight. or 1,900 Calories, one pound of fat is equal to 3,000 calories, u should aim for 2 pounds a week, so if u work out 5 days a week and burn 250 calories each time then ur weekly intake should a no more than (13300+1250=14550)-6,000Kc=8550 Calories per week or about 1,050-1,400Calories a day. it should be whole grains, veggies, then some fruit and lean meat, with no candy, pop (even diet) or snacks, avoid salad dressing like Italian or ranch that is high in fat. spread ur food out between 6-8 small meals a day (this is very important or ur digestive system will think ur starving and slow down).Good luck, once u develop healthy habits weight control is very easy. when u exercise do both cardio and weight train, remember lean muscles burns calories and fat does not, at first u will prob. not lose much weight but instead u will be replacing fat with lean mass. pay attention to the size (inches) u loss as apposed to how much weight u loss, and losing around 80 pounds will most likely take close to a year so if u are serious u must apply yourself fully and always at all time be consistent, u can not take every weekend off or make excuses to not work out or u will most likely be unable to reach sustainable goals.
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When you eat less your body stores whatever you're eating as fat because it's not sure when it will be fed again. So, eating less is a huge mistake that many women make.
You need to eat at least 5-6 meals a day with 2-3 hours in between. You should have breakfast (oatmeal, low fat cereal with skim milk, egg whites on wheat bread etc.) then 2-3 hours later have a healthy snack (apple,carrots, nuts etc.) Then lunch, snack, dinner and a snack.
You'll notice that you will not eat as much in one sitting since you've been eating all day. This is the whole idea of doing this. Your goal is to eat more times a day with smaller portions. Your metabolism will start to work faster having to break down the food every 2-3 hours so it will start to burn fat.
You should at least consume 1300 calories a day but if you really want to burn fat you need to exercise. Try working out 3 times a week with a day in between each work out. Try to find what works best for you, if it's an aerobic video, weight lifting, biking or just walking. If you invest on a workout and a healthy meal plan you will reach your goal.
Avoid soda, sweets and fast food at all costs. Start drinking only water! Switch your white bread to a whole grain or wheat bread. Have skim milk instead of whole milk. Eat a lot of vegetables and fruit. Whole wheat pasta instead of regular.
If you're serious about losing weight you need to start now, being only 5'1 and 190 is a lot and you will start to develope medical problems. I hope I helped.
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Anywhere from 1100-1400 calories. You aren't going to lose much weight if you don't get on an exercise regiment, however. Here's the upside of getting exercising: you can add a few hundred calories to your daily intake.
Either way you will feel hungry. But if you exercise you will feel more energetic, sleep better, and increase your stamina so walking up a flight of stairs doesn't wind you.
Exercise is win-win.
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If you eat 2000 calories a day to start with, you will lose weight especially if you are doing some kind of exercise as well (even brisk walking). Then once your weight loss has begun to plateau you could restrict you calorie intake a bit more, but don't eat less than 1500 calories a day. Good luck!
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Originally Answered: Will Eating About 1200-1300 Calories a day lose muscle if i dont eat enough calories but still eat enough?
It's possible, but it depends on what your lean body mass is. If you have 200 pounds of lean body mass, then no, that's probably way too few calories.
If you have 120 pounds of lean body mass, then 1500-1600 is probably okay for select periods of time.
In fact, MY lean body mass is 130 pounds, and I've leaned down with 1500-1600 calories per day without losing any strength in my gym lifts. HOWEVER, I was eating pretty close to flawlessly for 13 days in a row. Then on a 14th day, I would re-feed, and restore my metabolism.
To learn more do a Google search on: The Get Shredded Diet by John Berardi
It's really meant for weight lifters who want to get super lean, so it might not be for you.
To build muscle (or keep it from going away), you need a nutrient surplus. You don't necessarily need a calorie surplus. But going too low in calories can still hinder your gains. (Plus it makes a nutrient surplus much harder.)