I think it depends on how much you are exercising and what kinds of foods you put in your body. My range here on SP says I can eat between 1400-1700, I'm usually between 1500-1600 and still losing. I would suffer if I only ate 1200-1300 because I run several days a week and my training sessions at the gym are kind of intense. However, at times when I wasn't able to exercise as much I ate less calories.
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Yes I cycle my calories within the week but never two high cal days in a row. I use Wed and Sat as my high caloric days -- you need to keep shocking the body so it does get complacent
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Yes. Now I always increase when it tells me too. The more I workout the higher amount of calories I can eat.
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I have. I didn't lose for several weeks, I increased my cals by 100/day and began to lose and have continued to lose. At first I was afraid to eat more than 1200-1300 cals, I now eat 1650 daily and am losing fast. Remember your body cannot feel like it is starving or it will hold onto all fat. I had an eating disorder in my youth, so this was all new to me, but I love it. I am eating and losing, yea! Just give yourself time after a change in cals, it does take your body time to get used to the fact it is not starving.
I think I am going to vary my food from day to day between 1250 and 1600 cal. I may need to weigh myself every day while I do that though.
No matter what, I do need to find my sweet spot caloric intake to lose weight (minimum and maximum calories for ME to lose weight)
Edited by: POPPYKLAPROOSJE at: 9/7/2012 (02:34)
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I tend to feel the same way. I have trouble seeing those numbers climb...even if I know the food is healthy. I remember reading somewhere that day to day variation is important too (1200 one day, 1400 the next, 1300 the next, and so on). Anyone know whether that actually makes a difference too?
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I had a massive plateau after I lost 50lbs, despite upping my exercise. I tried cutting and cutting and cutting my calories until I was down to 1200 per day. Nothing happened. I asked for advice on Spark and was told that if I'm exercising more I need to eat more. So, I upped my calories to 1500-1600 and that got my weight loss moving again. Have since lost a further 25lbs. I was afraid to up my calories too but it worked for me. Try it for a couple of weeks, what's the worst that could happen?
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variation keeps your body thinking. I find that if I'm flexible with calorie intake that the weight comes off at a steady rate. It's okay to have a day with a higher calorie intake. Remember to keep moving.
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