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what part of your calorie range to you try to hit?

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I usually try to have my daily calorie count stay near the bottom of my calorie range. I try to leave some leeway due to inexact measuring, etc. But my weight loss is so slow. I'm wondering if I should be counter-intuitive and eat more toward the midpoint or higher part of my range.

I've done that the last two days, actually. Part of the struggle is trying not to **freak out** when I go past a certain number.

What do you do?
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JCWATL 3/4/2013 2:43PM

    ha ha calorie range!

I think I accidentally end up inside of it from time to time. It is genrally a successful day if i don't double it!

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POISONGIRL999 3/1/2013 3:43PM

    Honestly, as long as I am just "in range" I high five myself. I hate food, and by hate I mean LOVE

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TARANITUP 3/1/2013 3:42PM

    Vary it up!

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FIT4MEIN2013 3/1/2013 11:07AM

    Although not obsessive about it, I tend to stay toward the very bottom of my range. I don't really strive for that, but it happens.

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LYNNIERN 2/28/2013 9:06PM

    So there are those days I plan to stay at the low end but always wind up at the high end or over and then on the flip side some days I don't eat enough to hit my low range. emoticon

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ATTACKFATCAT 2/28/2013 12:15PM

    I try to follow the same concept LULUBELLE65 does. I try to eat on the lower end of my calories during the week to "bank" some for the weekend in case I go a few hundred over. I'm not have much success this time around, but I'm going to try gradually lowering my calories by 100 ever few weeks until I see some results, because right now I'm in the higher area of my range and it's not working so well for me.

1) Since you've lost some weight, have you recalculated your calorie range? I think you're supposed to reset it every 10-15 pounds.

2) Anything new you try, give it about 2-3 weeks. If it means eating a little more, then go for it. Just give it enough time for your body to adjust before you try something else. And I think small increments are the way to go. Next week I might try lowering my calories during the week by 100 a day just to get more "mid-range" numbers. If that's successful after a few weeks, I'll stick with it, but if not, then I'll readjust.

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CATBEFIT 2/28/2013 11:02AM

    I also have heard podcasts that the cycling method works well -- thinking of a weeklong calorie allotment, and keeping the body "guessing". The paleo guys talk about the body being built for feast and fasting -- ie you get the kill or harvest, and eat (a lot of it) before it goes bad, then go out hunting for awhile before the next food is available (eg natural state is cycling high to low). So their theory seems suggest be -- go too hungry too long, the body knows to conserve fat cuz you must be starving. Eat too much too many days in a row, and the body says great - build some fat reserves for the leaner times to come.

(Although I have a little problem with thinking my body is "guessing" and "saying" things -- kind of like you got another brain in there you don't know about). LOL

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LULUBELLE65 2/28/2013 3:25AM

    My goal is to eat at the low-end of my range most of the time, so that I can go over on the weekends once in a while. I tend to look at my calories as a weekly allotment rather than a daily one, so if I am within my range for the week as a whole I am happy. There are days, usually Zumba days, when I feel like I cannot get enough to eat, and I eat ALL of my calories, and sometimes more; it really depends.

I do think that your body tends to hold on to calories if it thinks it is being starved, so I try to mix it up.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 2/28/2013 1:29AM

    it depends on the output of energy (exercise) If you are doing ALOT of exercise and eating too little, it will be slow (I found this out when I ate more and it dropped) such a weird feeling too when you eat a tad bit more and the scale likes it. LOL

Keep playing with it, you will find what works for you then stick with it :o)

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NERISSAFAYE 2/28/2013 12:14AM

    From what I've read, cycling is the best method. That means spreading it out with having 2-3 days at the top of your range, 1-2 days mid range and 2-3 days at the bottom of the range so your body doesn't get comfortable and the hormone levels keep changing so it doesn't think it is in starvation mode. I find that I will try to keep the day of weigh in high (as I weigh in the morning) and then a day on the weekend high, while putting lower days in between with the lowest day the day or two before weigh in if I want to be successful.

I think it also depends on how much exercise you are doing - the days with more exercise (longer time and more strenuous activities) you may want to have a high calorie day on. Some will also look at the quality of the calories (protein, good fats, high fiber vs. processed foods, etc) but in my experience, that doesn't seem to matter for my body. I just get hungry quicker if I don't eat enough protein...

Great job tracking and great question!

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MICKEYH 2/27/2013 10:00PM

    Generally, we think eat less will be shed the pounds. But if you are eating too little, your body may hold on to some fat content in your body for the emergency use. I read people's blog or/and articles, if you are stuck in plateau maybe good idea you increase some calories or make changes on your work out routine. Good luck.

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LINDAK25 2/27/2013 9:49PM

    At the moment I'm maintaining within 3 pounds by eating too many calories and not exercising enough! I have to stop that and continue to lose because I would like to lose at least 70 pounds! I do find the more I exercise the more I can eat, but I work hard at keeping everything balanced and in the lower half of my calorie range when I'm actually losing weight. If I go too low I do lose more slowly.

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ADARKARA 2/27/2013 9:11PM

    As long as I'm under the top number for the day I feel fine. Last week I was near the lower number every day without a problem, even going below the lower range by 30. This week is a bit more struggle-y. ;)

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XANGELSTEARZX 2/27/2013 8:42PM

    I tend to vary mine based on my calories burned. If I'm spending an hour plus a day working out I make sure to eat around 1550. If I'm taking a rest day I keep it around 1200. I keep my meals about 300 calories and have 3 snacks (1 post morning workout, 1 when/if I get afternoon munchies, and something very low calories like baby carrots for "dessert" in the late evening. I typically lose 1 to 2 pounds a week. But, I measure my progress by things other than the scale too like tracking inches...I've lost way more inches than pounds.

Good luck on your journey!

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MADZI88 2/27/2013 8:34PM

    Funny---I'm pleased when I stay at the lower range but you have got me thinking---maybe median is best.
Something to ponder....

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