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SKINNYMISSKASEY SparkPoints: (111,963)
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11/15/12 1:18 P

More you exercise = more calories! I can barely function on 1200 cals

ASHLEYGILLE SparkPoints: (11,171)
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11/15/12 12:26 P

Myutmost4him- How do you manage on 900 calories a day? That doesn't sound like much- nor does it sound healthy! To each his/her own, but I would look into that more... Sounds borderline dangerous to me. But then again, what do I know? I'm certainly not a doctor! (Maybe you're really petite and don't require more.) Anyway, just wondering...


HEATHERLMT SparkPoints: (304)
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11/15/12 12:16 P

For anyone wondering what my eating habits were before, well it was atrocious. I could easily eat about 6 eggo waffles for breakfast with about a tablespoon of butter on each and lots of syrup. I would like each little nook and cranny to have butter in it. I definately would say that I have an eating disorder.I am an emotional eater. I could easily eat almost a whole bag of mini reese's peanut butter cups in one sitting. So I would guess that I probably ate around 3,000 calories a day because I gained almost 30 lbs in the past 3 months. I think that is why I am hungry. My stomach has to get used to the reduction in food. Unfortunately I feel like I'm hungry but I know my body is getting sufficient nutrition. I just would feel more productive if I was more physical right now.

SLENDERELLA61 SparkPoints: (165,655)
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11/15/12 12:08 P

Look up the Super Foods list on SparkPeople. If you spend your calories on highly nutritious food it will be enough to exercise, at least some. If you are eating twinkies, it won't be. That said, you should have a few small favorite treats to savor. No food should be off limits.

I lost most of my 80 pounds while exercising 30 minutes 5 days per week. When I got to maintenance I added 1 cup of milk and 1 Tablespoon olive oil. I did feel like doing more. I changed to 60 minutes 6 days per week and got to add some more whole grains.

At first it is really hard. It takes energy to do the extra cooking from eating healthy and the extra laundry from working out. Soon, though, if you stick with it you'll have far more energy than you had before. For sure!! Hang in there.

HEATHERLMT SparkPoints: (304)
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11/15/12 12:00 P

Thank you for the advice. I am eating clean when I cook my chicken and vegetables but I have to admit I am eating progresso soups at least once a day. It is quick for me and I know has loads of sodium, but it tends to fill me up for very low calories. I am doing my own egg white omlettes in the morning with fresh spinach and a wedge of laughing cow light swiss cheese. I am in the range that this program is telling me to. I will definately wait and see how my body adjusts to the change.

HEATHERLMT SparkPoints: (304)
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11/15/12 11:33 A

It helps very much Jen thank you.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 56,730
11/15/12 10:09 A

Hi Heather

1200 is the minimum you should be eating, but it's okay to eat towards the top part of your range. You can still lose weight that way, and you might feel more satisfied. Also make sure your calories burned goal reflects how much exercise you're doing b/c that can change your recommended calorie range.

If you were eating a lot more than 1200-1500 calories per day before you started the program, you want to slowly decrease your calories until you get them into that range. Drastically cutting your calories all at once or giving up all sweets overnight is going to be a big shock to your body and will make it hard to adjust. Try making more gradual changes to give your body time to get used to it.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

ARUSHING2 SparkPoints: (26,830)
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11/15/12 10:09 A

HEATHERLMT - please excuse me, I'm not attempting to be brash or rude or anything at all negative. I believe if it were me, I'd plug in to the SP staff folks for an appropriate recommended nutritional intake for "you" at your present "status" ie. weight, activity level, etc., etc.

Otherwise, without this information it would seem like asking how much fuel one should put into their vehicle???

What vehicle - make, model, age, condition, to do what, to go where, and when and how???

We are all very simular, but we are all very different . . .
( Example: a tiny elderly lady, maintaining her weight and condition day to day uses fewer calories than a very large, muscled, young guy working and training-up vigorously. )

(( At 1200 calories for 2-3 days, I'd be unable to roll out of bed in the AM!!! I did that to myself months ago. Not something that I intended to ever re-experience. However, hard-headed as I am, I repeated that scenario twice more, at higher calorie intakes, but with the same results! ))

My best suggestion is to get the most recent suggestions based upon the most recent data

Have you been tracking your BALANCED nutritional intake for awhile?
How about your elective calorie useage?
What did the SP staff recommend? They generally provide a balanced calorie range.

IF you are in an active training/conditioning program to lose weight or build muscle of for aerobic conditioning you might should look at an intake that is in the max range, rather than in the minimum range.


Edited by: ARUSHING2 at: 11/15/2012 (10:14)
DIDS70 Posts: 5,100
11/15/12 9:54 A

I am also between 1200-1800 calories when i care to track. Because I eat clean, i don't see the benefit in tracking. i don't do processed foods, i don't do food from cans, most of the labels on my food are no bigger than my thumb.

However, I did notice when I first started to eat clean, I was ravenous. I missed the sugar and the fat that i would eat. However, I found about a month later that my cravings were gone and I had so much energy to burn. I slept better, my skin cleared up and i never felt better.

So I believe that you can exercise on 1200 calories as long as they are clean calories.

MEXGAL1 SparkPoints: (246,626)
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11/15/12 9:21 A

1200 calories is how I maintain. I have been maintaining on this for years. Now I am small boned and only 5'3" tall. Oh and also 60 years old. But I think the key is eating a lot of low calorie protein so you aren't hungry. I love egg whites mixed with egg beaters! And then eat lots of fiber. feel free to check out my shared food logs. Anyway make sure you get enough protein. Oh and stay away from junk carbs. they just throw you into a cycle of wanting more and more and have no nutritional value. Once you get them out of your system you will crave good foods. I know this doesn't sound posible but it truely is!
Best of everything to you!

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/15/12 9:18 A

You HAVE to set your goals so you know how much you should consume. Reducing your calories TOO much may help you lose weight initially, but eventually your body goes into starvation mode.
Let me tell you why you should listen to the fat chick. I have been a sparker for nearly 7 years. In 2006-2007, I lost over 100lbs. Granted, I gained it back but that is because I stopped caring, stopped sticking with the program and totally let life get in the way. I also didn't lose weight completely honestly my first time around all the time. I binged, purged, took laxatives, took prescription...no abused prescription diuretics that weren't even prescribed to me. I went from 320 to 203.5 back up to 315 at one point...because I wasn't careful. Because I underate and over exercised, and did those other unhealthy things, and convinced myself it was okay.
I do know what I'm talking about. Follow the calorie recommendation, and focus on a healthy lifestyle rather than the weightloss, and the weightloss will eventually follow. Losing too fast is detrimental to your health.

MYUTMOST4HIM Posts: 11,447
11/15/12 9:17 A

I wonder what you are eating for those calories. If it is mostly processed foods then of course you are hungry. I am a pretty active person and I can eat 900-1800 calories on any given day!
It all depends on the level of activity!!!


HEATHERLMT SparkPoints: (304)
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11/15/12 9:11 A

Thank you, Very helpful. What is the weightloss per week for a 1200 calorie diet without exercise???

TIG123GER SparkPoints: (76,906)
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11/15/12 9:07 A

I do my range between 1200 and 1500 because some days I just need more calories to have the energy necessary to function properly.

HEATHERLMT SparkPoints: (304)
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11/15/12 9:06 A

I am just wondering if 1200 calories is enough to give me energy to exercise, I am on my 2nd day, I am starving most of the day and tired. I was tired before, because I was eating all the wrong things and exessive amounts of sugar and sweets. I think If I had an exercise bike it would be easy enough to get me started back into exercising. Any suggestions. I am In Pa and its pretty cold out and I have asthma and its really hard to do strenuous stuff in the cold weather. I am just moving back from florida and I have to get acclimated to the climate change and get my lungs used to it.


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