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ATTN: Calorie Counters!

I have started counting my calories in the past week and in doing so have lost 5lbs this week alone. On average, I have had an intake of about 1000 - 1300 calories each day. What is your average intake, do you have limitations for yourself?

Thu. Aug 10, 3:12pm

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Having a problem limiting my calories....

I have been having a hard time limiting my calories. I aim for 1200 each day, but almost always have around 1500-1600, sometimes more :( I have been making much healthier choices, but I am having a problem giving up snacking -- even though I am choosing healthier items. Guess I reallyneed to practice portion control. I am working out 5-6 days a week.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 3:32 PM

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My goal is actually to have a net of 1100-1400, so I would never go with an intake value that low. I have consitently lost 2 lbs per week since I have started this. 6 weeks ago, I can not have a low energy level for my job and if I average too low then I am slow and tired, and that is just not acceptable. Most information that I am aware of says to not go below 1100 without Dr. supervision...

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 4:37 PM

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I aim for 1200-1300. I'm pretty little - 5'1" and 117.8 lbs this morning - so that many calories is actually just barely below "maintenance" for me. I really don't lose, even with that low of a calorie count.

To the poster who has trouble staying within her calorie goal - pay attention to what kinds of foods keep you full, and choose them for your snacks. For example, 100 calories of low-fat crackers keeps me satisfied for, um, 5 minutes. But, 100 calories of almonds, or air-popped popcorn, or 2 wasa crackers w/ light laughing cow cheese spread on top, keep me full for hours.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 4:48 PM

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It's going really well for me, averaging between 1200 and 1400 calories a day. But you really shouldn't dip below 1200, or your body will not get the vitamins and nutrients it needs to run properly. You also run a greater risk of going into "starvation mode" where your body starts to store fat. If you can exercise as well as cut calories, you'll be in good shape! There are lots of calorie intake calculators out there on the web. They will tell you what you need to do, based on your age, height, sex, and activity level. Good luck!

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 4:55 PM

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i do 1200 calories a day ...some people may think that is low but really if you choose what you eat wisely 1200 calories will keep you pretty full. Veggies are very low in calories so load up on those!

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 7:56 PM

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I wouldn't worry about going too low...apparently studies show that we underestimate our calories by 20-30%.

This is easy to do when the FDA allows packaging to be wrong by up to 20% without rapping the manufacturers on the knuckles. Then there's human error -- I have yet to find an easy way to measure out a tablespoon of mayo or whipped butter or peanut butter or salad dressing that didn't involve leveling off and digging around with my fingers (ick). So by not being exact with calorie dense items like this, it's easy to make that 20% mistake on your own. And let's not get started on deliberately deceitful portion/packaging info (I believe the PT doctor-writer has an article or two about it).

So when someone thinks they're eating 1000 calories, there's a very good chance they're having more like 1200-1300 despite their best efforts.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 8:49 PM

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I agree with you on that and that is why in my counting I also don't count things like washing the car or vaccuming or things like this. So I figure if do things that burns extra calories the extra calories that I eat without knowing it is basically a wash.

Thursday, August 10, 2006, 8:55 PM

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I wouldn't worry about going too low either. I use software to track my calories. Besides counting my calories, the software also tracks my levels of 30 nutrients. Once I began to see which nutrients I was missing and began to correct the deficits with better food, I became genuinely less hungry. I now have days when I have to force myself to eat more than 800 calories. I believe the 1200-calorie-myth is a general rule of thumb to keep people from having to think about their nutrition.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 7:12 AM

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Another really nice website is if you're getting bored in the kitchen. It's got a section to search by just about any categories you can think of... including low calorie and low fat.

Every recipe posted there has a full nutritional breakdown. It takes a couple days for the recipes you submit to be approved and posted for the world to see, but it's been really informative for me to plug in a few of my inventions and see how they really stack up.

Friday, August 11, 2006, 8:32 AM

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Glad you asked

I try to stay under 1500 cals, closer to 1300 or 1200. But I do agree that we underestimate our cals, so when I strive for 1200 or 1300 it's probably closer to 1500, and when I do 1500 it's probably closer to 1800. I can tell you that wether I'm accuate or not (I do check labels, measure, etc.), when I keep my cals closer to 1200, I lose 1-2 lbs. every week, EVEN WHEN I'M PMS'ING. That's how I know 1200 seems to be a pretty magic number to strive for. Good luck, aim for progress, not perfection. I still go to the movies and have all the fixin's, and allow myself sweets, but much smaller portions. :)

Friday, August 11, 2006, 8:40 AM

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