What is the maximum safe calorie deficit to still maintain weight loss?
This was the question I used today in my SP Web Search and it brought up several hits.
At a favorite site of mine, CaloriesperHour.com www.caloriesperhour.com/
I found you should have a maximum daily calorie deficit of 500-1000 calories. However, women should consume no fewer than 1000-1200 calories a day, and men no fewer than 1200-1600.
Ok, no brainer as I sort of figured that part out myself but I must confess it was still great to see it in black & white.
With BootCamp and the BLC # 9 this information will be useful to many this month. So you might ask, "well Linda, what did you do?"
I went to My Fitness and checked to make sure I do have my 150 minutes daily by going into Change Fitness Goals. Yup! I then entered my average calorie burned each week as 7000 since I have been going over 1000 too often lately. This gave me a new caloric range in My Nutrition Tracker of 1300- 1650 if I remain at 2 lbs per week!
I do keep a record of these things, I am numerically obsessive, and in the last 7 days I burned 6839 so I think my estimate was pretty decent. Ok, for those that want to know how I am racking up these burned calories - I am using my treadmill because it is just too cold outside and using my WATP which averages 100-125 per mile and even using the 100 it really adds up. My treadmill is on 4% incline and I am averaging 3.3 mph so I just use the 5% - 20 minute mile on the fitness tracker. It really adds up too! And with the BLC # 9 and my goal to continue 150 minutes daily - sheesh!!
Now I know! Now you know!
I keep my records in Excel if anyone is interested. Just a standard spreadsheet, no calculations - just information.
**edited to show new calorie range. I am still playing with my range and will do so until the scale starts to move again. But I did realize I am not eating my veggies! And not as many fruits either!! So I must also factor that in.
The more we all know the better we can help each other too.