You're only in the second or third range from the bottom. There are people who weigh literally half what you do who can lose weight eating that much. If you're a man or if you're under 30, that range is probably actually too LOW, not too high.
Going too low isn't helpful. You won't lose weight noticeably faster, and you'll be uncomfortable.Being uncomfortable makes it more likely that you will quit. If you eat 1700 healthy calories, on the other hand, you'll lose weight without ever really feeling hungry or deprived. The longer you can go without being hungry, the longer you'll stay on your program, and the more total weight you'll lose.
If you think this range is high, using your current fitness weekly burn and weight, calculate using the maths on that page what it would take to maintain your current weight. That figure might surprise you!
You only want to eat around 1000 calories a day less than that. Creating too large of a calorie deficit daily normally makes it harder to lose weight, not easier. Check out this other article on "If I eat less than my range will I lose weight faster?" www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe rts.asp?q=58
Deb, in New Zealand
Fitness Minutes: (8,551)
2/6/12 2:57 P
The more you weigh, the more calories it takes just to perform basic daily functions. Add in that much exercise, and you need to take in more. You have to eat to lose. Obviously, you can't over eat, but if you'renot eating enough, your body could "panic" and think that it is headed into a famine. This can actually reverse loss and slow your metabolism down. You have to fuel the machine in order for it to function properly. Your caloric range will likely decrease as you lose weight.
Edited by: JENMC14 at: 2/7/2012 (05:30)
I am 5'4". Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6 First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011 Currently maintaining under 120 and working on changing my mental image of myself!
It would depend on several other factor: gender, height, age. Also I see by your ticker that you are wanting to lose about 30 pounds. How did you enter your weekly rate of weight loss: 1/2 pound, 1 pound, 2 pounds??
Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 2/6/2012 (14:44)
2/6/12 2:38 P
I started here in May 2011 at 230 pounds. I've been eating about 2000 calories a day. I exercise longer than 60 mins most days, but I walk a lot and don't burn that many calories doing it. I now weigh 197 pounds. I think the range sounds very healthy for you.
"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor
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2/6/12 2:29 P
I think something is wrong with my calorie range. I weigh 266 and I exercise 60 min cardio 5x/week. I also do strength training 3x/week at 30 min each time. The system shows 1680-1930 calories per day. This seems like tooooo many calories. Anyone else weighing this much have this many calories?
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