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MOTOMAMA Posts: 2,010
9/14/12 7:38 A

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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9/14/12 7:23 A

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

DWROBERGE Posts: 355,668
9/11/12 10:29 P


9/11/12 8:22 P

Yes. Now I always increase when it tells me too. The more I workout the higher amount of calories I can eat.

SLUNDQUIS SparkPoints: (0)
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9/11/12 8:07 P

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.

Edited by: SLUNDQUIS at: 9/11/2012 (20:09)
9/11/12 5:35 P

Thank you. I will be tracking on a daily basis for another week and see where it goes.

TAR2011TAN Posts: 93
9/11/12 3:55 P


9/11/12 3:40 P

Congratulations DWROBERGE on meeting your goal.

I tracked my weight, calories from food, and calories from cardio this past week on a day to day basis to see what my personal optimum caloric range should be.

Last night I went 'out of control' and binge ate, which reflected in my weight gain of 0.6 lbs this morning. Today I am back on track.

Edited by: POPPYKLAPROOSJE at: 9/11/2012 (15:48)
TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 5,292
9/7/12 5:43 A

1200 / 1500 that could be a good range.

DWROBERGE Posts: 355,668
9/7/12 5:39 A


9/7/12 2:32 A

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. emoticon

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)
TRAILBREAKER SparkPoints: (11,484)
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9/7/12 1:54 A

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?

9/7/12 1:44 A

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9/7/12 1:39 A

Thanks ladies. I appreciate your input.

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9/6/12 10:09 A

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?

TSINCLAIR1965 SparkPoints: (0)
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9/6/12 10:05 A

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.

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
9/6/12 8:51 A

my daily intake varies, as well.
It all depends on the types of items I'm having, as well as how active I am, I think

WELLNESSME09 Posts: 7,634
9/6/12 7:09 A

1200/1300 per day!

EOWYN2424 Posts: 9,108
9/6/12 3:47 A

It's a balancing game. You will just have to adjust accordingly as you go along.

9/6/12 2:14 A

Has anybody experience with not eating enough and not losing weight, then increasing calorie intake and losing weight again? I am afraid to increase my calories.

I know the theory but my body burns really really slowly and whenever I up my calorie intake I seem to gain weight.

I can live with 1450-1500 calories on occasion (that is a lot for me. I am more comfortable with 1200-1300 calories a day) but I panic when I see I've had more than 1600 calories in a day.

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