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I'm 5'2" and about 110 pounds and I consume up to 2,000 calories daily to meet my nutrition requirements and maintain my healthy weight. Than again I am fairly active.

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I, too, am 5' 2" and was on 1200 calories for about 10 months and exercising. Yes, it's too low. And for the record, the healthy range according to BMI (which is not a perfect number as we know) for 5' 2" females is 104-135. SO, 113 is not the top end, it's closer to the bottom.





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Shortyrin- if you gain weight on 1200+ cals, you ought to see your doctor about it. If you exercise you should be maintaining at around 1800-2000 cals. There is definitely something wrong if you can't eat more than 1200 cals. I'm the same size as you and maintain at between 1800-2200 cals.


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5'2" 115 pounds here. If i eat 1200 calories i GAIN weight. everyone told me i had to eat more, that i was starving myself at 1200 and my body was holding onto everything.. so i tried going up to 1400 then 1600 and just kept gaining. I tried this for 3 months and gained 18 pounds, totally opposite of what i wanted. And i felt stuffed, everyday totally stuffed. I was also doing 45 min cardio and 45 min of weight training everyday and walking my dogs 3 miles a day. out of frustration i dropped down to 1050 calories a day, which apparently is my magic number, and the weight started to come off. I still do weights 3x a week and 30 min of cardio 3x a week and im holding solid. Every person is different and responds in a different way to foods. You can easily get all the nutrients you need with less than 1200 calories if you are making proper food choices. Theres no room for an unhealthy snack everyday, you cant have your cake and eat it too on a lower calorie diet. If you pick and chose the healthiest most nutrient dense foods then you will easily get all the nutrients you require.

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My doctor is very happy with how I'm managing my weight, for sure, in light of diabetes diagnosis. This is one doctor who has never known I had been formerly obese.

Having been uninsured at the time of diagnosis, and not having ever been diagnosed "pre-diabetic", I was totally on my own. Now that I am on a PCIP "bridge"-type plan, I will look to get more help.

Incidentally, I am not so petite .. in either height or stature. I am 5' 4-1/4" tall ...

The Internet is my "diabetes educator" until a professional one could be rounded up:

www.buzzle.com/articles/potassium-rich-foo
ds-for-diabetics.html


The above list is better for a non-diabetic with a wider maintenance calorie range. So enjoy.


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I would talk to your doctor about this first.
There are many non-starchy veggies that are good sources of potassium, if this is determined to be the reason. And fruits are also a great source of potassium and several servings can fit into a carbohydrate controlled eating plan.

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Muscle cramps here and there ... that's why ... I certainly have no room in low carb for oranges, orange juice, or bananas ...


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Potassium deficiency can be a very serious condition.
I am not sure "why" you feel you have this...but do contact your doctor, talk to the office staff on the phone and see if an appointment is necessary.

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I'm doing better with my Type 2 diabetes, and my doctor likes initial results/indicators ... blood pressure now 110/65 ... and I am seemingly doing fine on low-carbing 1200 calories (maintenance) per day ... but think I have a potassium deficiency ...


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What a lot of people forget is that 1200 isn't about calories.

Can your body survive on less energy than 1200 calories per day and be healthy? Maybe, yeah.

BUT, on even a very balanced and perfectly healthy diet of under 1200 calories, you very likely won't be getting enough vitamins and minerals into your body. THAT is why 1200 is a floor, not energy requirements.

Eg note this page on daily RDIs for various vitamins and minerals:

www.lenntech.com/recommended-daily-intake.
htm


Not one single listing on that entire page has anything like "100mg if up to 150lbs, 120mb if 150-200lbs" etc.

Vitamin/mineral requirements are independent of weight. It isn't necessarily true that a petite woman needs less vitamin C than an obese one.

So yes, even petite women need to eat at least around 1200 calories, or else be very carefully monitored (as already stated) not only for energy needs, but also for vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

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There is a small error in your post, that could result in major nutritional concerns.---and that is malnutrition. Being obese does not mean that one can cut calories so extreme with no health consequences. You still have a need for fatty acids, protein, vitamins, mineral, fiber, etc. Your body fat stores do not provide these needed nutrients.

Yes, there are medically monitored weight loss programs that use 500-900 calories daily. These usually use meal replacements and supplements to assure key nutrients are being obtained daily through the use of the fortification.

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When one is 30-60 pounds overweight, the major health problem is the current weight! To get jump-started as a woman of 5'1" I went down to 900 cal. After 4 days went by, my energy increased, I was actually "feeling lighter." I lost 65 lbs 2 years ago. I've kept them off.

That fight over low cal. levels and how "unhealthy" it is is a little excuse your brain gives you to rationalize eating more. I had enough fat on me to live without food for a year. Next comes the "I tried my diet but it didn't work." The calorie debate. My problem wasn't eating 1200 cals a day. My health problems stemmed from eating 1700 to 3,000 calories a day. Thanks for your message.



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Women need at least 1200 calories a day.

An ironic thing happens when you calorie count goes down towards (but never touching) the 1200 mark, though.
You start getting more in the groove for exercising (I'm not saying hard exercise or tough resistance training--but more frequent exercising) ... I think it has something a little to do with the foraging instinct ...

I'm too old, overworked, and ravaged by Seasonal Affective Disorder NOT to be tired, but it seems to be happening in my case ...


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I am petite - 5'1 - and have had some experience with this that I would like to share. I recently joined SparkPeople after years of yo-yo dieting and gaining and losing weight. Most of my diets, whether intentionally or unintentionally, included a pretty severe calorie restriction- around 750-800 calories a day which is way too low. I never did well on these diets- I would lose a lot the first couple of days and then... nothing. I wouldn't ever be able to lose more, even if sticking strictly with the diet. Then I'd go off the diet and gain it all back plus more. I didn't realize, as many of you have said, that I was losing muscle mass when I lost weight quickly and cut my calories severely, which is probably why I've tended to gain more after I gave up on the diet.
Now I've been exercising (2 miles/day and strength training) and keeping my calories between 1200-1500, usually on the lower end- around 1250-1300. I feel great and have been losing consistently, and my body is changing/toning more with a 6 lb loss than it did when I would lose 15lbs on a crash diet.



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Thanks!
I sure didn't mean to upset anyone and I really don't want to mislead anyone into unsafe ground. I most sincerely believe in a doctors guidance.
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KAITLYNN51 - I can't speak for anyone else, but my feathers were not ruffled. I was reiterating an important safety tip. It wasn't directed at you. No need to be concerned. :)

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I believe I was very clear in my original post and follow up that going below 1200 needs to be monitored by a doctor. FOR ME, 1200 is too many calories for me to lose weight.
When I was 18 yrs old I weighed 100 lbs, very little fat and a lot of muscle. I was an athlete and I could eat whatever I wanted just about. I just turned 50 and I can't eat like that anymore.
That is what I mean when I say, "I don't believe that in every case a 1200 calorie limit fits everybody in every case and there are conditions and age that can prevent a higher rate of calorie burn. I did say and I will repeat "DO NOT GO BELOW 1200 CALORIES WITHOUT DOCTOR'S APPROVAL AND MONITORING!!!!" My situation is not the norm and I didn't indicate that it was. The question was "do petite women REALLY need 1200 calories a day?
I replied, FOR ME, "no I can't lose on 1200." I was not speaking for everyone and again I did say CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR. My Vit D was low before I went below the 1200, thus the prescription, but has gone up to normal and the multivitamin is over the counter that I take to help cover anything that may be lacking. I exercise by walking a minimum of 3 miles per day but I don't exercise excessively. I am very sorry if I ruffled anyone's feathers here, that was not my intention, I was just simply answering a question where I thought OPINIONS and PERSONAL experience was being solicited.



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"If you think 1200 is too high for you, GO SEE A DOCTOR. No excuses. Do NOT drop lower without his or her approval."

I think this bears repeating. Sure, 1200 calories may be, for a very small number of people, too much, for whatever reason. But going under 1200 calories should only be done with a doctor's guidance, with close monitoring and regular testing to ensure your body is getting what it needs to function.

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Honestly, I don't think KAITLYNN51's story is indicative of just the normal 'petite girl.' You dropped lower than 1200 for yourself, but you are on supplements and Drs watchful eyes; also, it is entirely possible that you have a slight metabolic condition that is independent of you being short.

I am yes, a bit on the higher end of petite (5'3.8" which IS still considered petite), and yes I am younger (18) which definitely raises the metabolism. However, I found out the hard way that 1200/day was way TOO LITTLE for me.

I, like all of you, thought my weight loss was too slow, and I was never "hungry" really, so why bother eating that many calories? My weight loss picked up, sure... but it still wasn't what I was expecting, at all. Then I noticed- I wasn't getting leaner. The layer of fat was barely budging, even though I was losing "weight," and typically with slow weight loss, more of it is fat than compared to rapid weight loss, and on my frame- at 130lbs or so at the time- any muscle loss is really noticeable. I got down to ~125 anyway.

I got an activity monitor, and long story short, it was telling me I burn ~2050 on days I just have normal classes and over 2300 on days I have labs. I thought, "But I'm not losing 2 lbs a week or even close..."

That is when I decided I needed to stop losing muscle mass an gain some strength. Honestly the weight was fine for my height, and the problem was that I just LOOKED fat- everywhere. So I decided to eat towards "maintenance," cut down my cardio, and increase my strength training.

I bumped my calories up to 1400-1500/day one week. That week, I dropped down to 121.6 lbs. The next week, I bumped it up to 1600. This was a week I started a set of pills (birth control basically) that usually bloat me ~1/2 a lb. I dropped to 120.6.

Now I'm aiming for 1600-1700/day with bare minimum cardio and an hour or so of strength training 6 days a week. I haven't gained anything, really, even though I am now close to where I should be my heaviest with water weight (hormone/pill related). In a week, I expect the number on the scale will actually be down to under 120 lbs. I am losing MORE weight eating over 500 calories a day MORE than I was before. My original goal was 117 lbs; I had abandoned that for muscle growth when I realized I couldn't get there. Now it seems I'm going to reach it because I can't stop losing weight (I need to eat more but 1600-1700 is a struggle and involves LOTS of food for me)


If you think 1200 is too high for you, GO SEE A DOCTOR. No excuses. Do NOT drop lower without his or her approval.

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Yeah, as I said I'm walking at least 3 miles a day.
I'm eating a whole food diet and I am taking vitamin supplements. I had been on prescription Vit D because my levels were so low, but they picked up from the prescription so I'm on over the counter Vit D and a multivitamin. And yes my doctor knows and is monitoring my blood work, etc. As I said I don't recommend going under 1200 without your doctor's approval, but for some I think it takes less. When I was at 227 only losing 3 lbs a month that's not very much and certainly not very motivating!



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KAITLYNN51, are you doing any kind of exercise?

With 28 lbs to go, 2 lbs a month is actually a reasonable, sustainable, respectable rate of loss! We can aim to lose about 3% of our remaining weight loss goal per week. For you, that would be .5-1 lb per week, max! So yeah, 2 lbs per month is right where you're supposed to be! Faster than that may be too fast.

If you're eating less than 1200 calories a day, you may not be getting the nutrients your body needs to function properly. However, you do say you're under a doctor's care, so that's between you and your doctor.

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FIITDEBBIEB: My weight is in my ticker. :) I'm at 186 (5'7) right now (lowest weight in almost a decade!) I've been taking it slow and steady. I work out at least 3 days a week (or try... I've been slack the last 6 months, but I'm getting back on the path.) My goal is 1 lb per week. Some weeks I lose, some weeks I maintain, some I even gain. My weight loss report over the last year looks like a mountain range. ;) But always, always, it's a downward trend!

I focus on a lot of strength training, am training for a 5k, and eat healthy. I don't diet; I eat between 1500-1700 calories a day, and it's working!

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Do you lift weights as part of your regimen?

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I know this is an unpopular opinion, but I simply cannot lose weight on a 1200 cal. limit.
I'm 5'2" and I have to go below 1200 to lose, at least lose more than 2lbs a month! I talked with my doctor and she is monitoring my weight lose efforts. I walk at least 3 miles a day and eat healthy non processed, balanced meals and have blood work done every three months. I believe that everybody is different, there are all kinds of things going on in our bodies that affect metabolism, BMR, etc, etc. and saying 1200 is the limit for everyone is just not realistic. I would strongly recommend that if you go below that limit though, that you get some professional guidance.



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Dragonchilde, I feel so bad for people who suffer to try and lose weight. I teach lifestyle to anyone I help. Crash diets are not lifestyle. I also let them know there is a difference between fat loss and weight loss. !/2 pound to 2 pounds is a good rate for people to lose fat each week(sometimes someone who is really overweight will lose little more in the beginning, well most people may lose little more right away) When I read things like "I lost 10 pounds last week" I feel bad because you cant lose 10 pounds of fat a week(a lot of that would be muscle and water) Only up to about 3 for someone really overweight. Someone who weighs 170 will need more calories then someone who is 130. Someones activity level is another factor. Theres so many things to consider so yes "everyone is different!" What have you been doing for your fat loss goal? (how much do you weigh etc? :-)



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I totally agree, FIITDEBBIEB. I f I were to eat only 1200 calories, I would have no energy, be irritable, and wouldn't be able to keep up on it! I'm anything but petite; I workout a lot, and I need fuel for that activity!

You can take almost any statement that begins with "Everybody" and take it with a grain of salt. Except for "Everybody's different!"

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I am new to the site and trying to figure out how it works here. (just joined yesterday to reply to "the docs" post which gave info that was incorrect. I specialize in nutrition and training. This person said everyone should eat 1200 calories which is bad advice. You are so right no one should go under 1200 but 1200 is too low calories for anyone(unless they are under 100 pounds and wanna lose weight but I doubt that lol) The BIGGEST mistake people make when trying to lose weight is not eatting enough calories.

There absolutely is such thing as "starvation mode"..When people eat too little calories it does affect their metabolism(along with many other things) I have worked with a lot of people plus have dieted myself for competitions(to get down to 4 % bodyfat, so I know by experience what works. I have taken people "stuck" because they were starving themselves by eatting too few calories and brought their calories up and helped them reach their goals.



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The reason you arent supposed to go under 1200 is because it is close to impossible to get all of the nutrients your body needs for basic functioning if you go any lower than that. I know weight is important, but health should be our final goal. If you aren't getting enough calcium, or vitamin c or b vitamins etc. then you can run into some very upsetting deficiencies. Supplements are not regulated by the fda and have been shown to be less effective than actually eating real foods that contain the vitamins and minerals.

It is important that you maintain 1200 and chose what you eat carefully. It has nothing to do with "starvation mode" (which I don't really believe in). You can burn more calories through exercise if you really need to lose weight faster.



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I am trying to learn how this works(I signed up earlier) ..lol I think I hit the right button, Yes mam, I agree, I am very knowledgeable on this topic. I just retired from competitive bodybuilding and do personal training.nutrition with many clients. I am constantly educating myself and learning how everything works in the healthiest way possible, I saw the "docs" post and thought wow , this is unreal! :-)

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That post by EPICTETUS1 is pretty offensive and TBH looks like a "troll post" to me....

Doesn't seem to be any options on this board to "report" a post, so i'd suggest we just "ignore" it.

EDIT: Found the "report" button and THANK YOU MODS, the offending post is now gone. :D

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Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
Goal 3 - BMI = Normal (154# or less)


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Much respect to you being a doctor but that does not make you qualified to give advice when it comes to nutrition and losing weight in a healthy way. Telling everyone they should eat 1200 calories a day to lose weight shows you have no knowledge on this topic. Dont tell people to stop eatting. You need to eat to lose. One of the biggest mistakes people make is eatting too little calories. I have helped people lose weight by upping their calories because they were eatting too little and were in starvation mode. I wish people would stop giving advice on something they know nothing about(I dont mean just you) I mean no disrespect to you as a person , just your advice on this topic..



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I'm 5'2" and 108lbs. I ate 1400-1600 a day and lost 5 pounds in two months. That was including 2 weeks of no exercise at all. So, I certainly need more than those minimum 1200!



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I am 61 years old, 5' 4" and now weigh 153.5.
I started SP last year when I was at my heaviest of 167 lbs and
not knowing how many cals I ate. I kept track for nearly a month but I was confused. I was almost always under the recommended levels but I wasn't losing weight.

So, I found this topic. It helped me change my attitude about eating.

From Sept '12 to Nov '12 I lost 8 pounds, by regularly eating 1200 cals a day!
truly amazing to me!

I stopped worrying thru the holidays and maintained that weight loss.

Now in Jan '13 I am ready to lose another 12 pounds by June '13.
I seem to have a bit more energy though I have lupus so it's hard to tell when the disease kicks in or what. So, I have not been able to reliably exercise. I do walk about 15 minutes 3-5 times a week. but this is to maintain some sense of flexibility not truly for weight loss exercise.

hope this helps!


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1/28/13 11:26 A

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Hi
This is interesting ...I have been doing sparks on and off for awhile I started at 140 pds and I am only 5 feet 1 inches tall so that was heavy for me ...I am now at 128 pds and looking to go to 123 -125 pds...but I am confused ...if there is an allowable 20% for calories reported that could mean I am eating more than I should is that right ...I am confused. lol ...
Anyways there are days I eat less than 1200 cal but in all honesty if I do it 2 days in a row I feel it - I am tired and cranky and sluggish ...so I try to eat at least min 1200 although most times I am in the middle ...


Hope this helps...
P.S I know how it feels to be 10 pds heavier on a small frame it is noticable ...also I am 5 feet 1 inches but I am of a medium build so you have to take that into consideration as well are you a small frame or medium ...either way I think the most important thing is to do it right so it stays off.



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1/28/13 11:14 A

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very interesting topic. Im 5 ft. even, 140 or so...intake 1250--1400. I have yet to get there, but, Im excited about adding more. As long as its healthy and will get my slow, 40 year old metabolism going, I'm game.



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1/28/13 10:57 A

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My bmr is very low. I can easily go on 800-850 cal per day without feeling hungry, and I am morbidly obese. I can imagine a small person could be in a similar situation. However, I never lost weight that way. I felt guilty every time I put something in my mouth. Family members would always make comments like "boy, you just need to quit eating and you might lose some weight." Never mind that I didn't eat half of what they ate. Anyway, sometimes less isn't better. Since I started eliminating pre-packaged, overprocessed and 'diet' foods and eating more whole, natural foods, and tracking my calories on Spark, I am finally getting some energy and losing some weight. I still set my calorie target (1200) at the low end of the lowest recommended calorie range I could find for me, b/c I am hypothyroid, but I know that if I get hungry I can eat more. Honestly, sometimes it can be hard to eat that many calories, b/c you get so much more food eating 1200cals from REAL FOOD than you do from eating 1200calls of pre-packaged 'diet foods.' More to the point, I would emphasize quality over quantity where calories are concerned, and if you feel good, keep it up. And listen to your body.



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1/28/13 10:33 A

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wow...alot of absolutes from Epictetus without the depth of detail about the OP usually needed by a MEDICAL doctor make such definitive statements.

If you bring forth that which is within you, that which is within you will save you. If you do not bring forth that which is within you, that which you do not bring forth will destroy you.


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8/18/12 9:55 A

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thanks you so much for the referral to Couch Dean's 'article' about the myths of Starvation Mode.

oooooommmmmm gonna do it

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.
--Rumi

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate.
Albert Schweitzer

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I've known a lot of people who have had success with 50/30/20 plan. 50% of your diet should be from Carbs. 30% should be from Protein. And 20% should be from Fat. There's a lot of good websites (like Google) that can help you with this and what foods to eat and what to stay away from. These same websites can also help you calculate these percentages. Good luck!



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You are not doing anything wrong.
Since you are shorter in stature and have a smaller amount to lose, you will lose more slowly. You have lost on average 1/2 pound each week. Continue on.
SP Dietitian Becky



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I am a 40 year old women and 5ft tall I weigh 155 lbs . I have been trying to lose weight but don't seem to be able to? I work out 3-4 times a week at the gym for about an hour each time and am trying to consume 1200 cal a day although some day's I do fall short. I eat 3 meals a day and 2 healthy snacks in between . have only lost a total of 2 lbs in a month. can someone tell me what I am doing wrong ? is there a supplement on the market that would help ? any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you
Patrice



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6/19/12 2:09 P

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I ate less than 1200 calories yesterday...I was starving today! I normally eat somewhere between 1200 and 1500 calories, depending on what I snack on. I'm 5 feet tall' and about 135 lbs..I don't like to practice going under 1200 too far, just because of how it makes me feel.



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6/19/12 1:42 P

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How the body uses 1200 calories for basic needs:

Heart 12% (144 cal)

Kidney 12% (144 cal)

Liver 23% (276 cal)

Brain 23% (276 cal)

Skeletal Muscle 30% (360 cal)

Total: 1200

This is simply the basic needs of your organs and body parts. This does not include moving AT ALL. This is why the recommend never going under 1200 calories because then you are depriving your organs of the calories that are necessary for them to function properly.


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I eat anywhere from 900-1300 calories a day. Depending on how much I snack and what I eat, I'm 5 foot 6. As long as you feel okay and not sick then you don't need the 1200. Most people who eat 1600 calories a day don't even get the nutrients they need. Granted 1200 is the min. recommended but everyone is different and I couldnt count the number of women I know who eat less than 1200 on both hands and feet; theres lots out there. Just don't make yourself sick and don't let anyone get you down. You can lose the weight ! I'd love to chat some time if you ever want to !!!

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Wow, great topic for me right now. I am 5'2 and have been fluctuating between 119 and 122 for the past couple months....I have been trying to stay at 1200 or under the last couple weeks while increasing exercise, and I lost weight last week, but ate even less this week and gained. In the past the only way I lost weight was basically starving myself, and I probably messed up my metabolism pretty bad. I decided today to start eating at the top of my range (1200-1550), but I'm scared to eat more. I figure I have nothing left to lose (and no events coming up where I want to look skinny, haha), so I can experiment a little and eat more to see what happens....ate around 1400 today. I'm hoping this finally works!


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5/13/12 1:22 P

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Just because you're petite, that doesn't mean your BMR is low...especially if you are already an active person. I'm petite and I have a BMR of 1650 calories a day. If I ate less than 1200 calories a day it wouldn't be pretty. Don't mess up your metabolism by starving yourself. You'll gain weight faster in the future. Trust me. It's not worth it.

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I personally do not think so. I walk all over in San Francisco and have gone on strenuous walk/hike tours on less than this daily. (I am 5'2, Asian and feel pretty full on this much daily. My calorie consumption seems to fluctuate from highs of 1400 to lows of 800 depending on my hunger).

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5/4/12 7:13 P

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@KELSEYRAE035680,

Here on Sparks you do not have to keep track of calories burned during sleeping (activities of daily life). You only want to enter exercise because then you are overestimating your calories burned. So do not plan on counting walking to class or walking across the campus..

Maybe, someone can explain it better.


When you start school, you will learn about how undereating can be harmful because Lack of appetite could mask a medical condition like an ulcer etc...

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It would also be a good idea to go to Student Health Services and see if they offer nutritional counseling. You don't have to be sick, have an eating disorder etc.. and it will give you a heads up on nutritional counseling. (You might even want to do your internship there!)



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Since you are heading to school, I am assuming you are in your early 20's.
Also sounds like you are fairly active and exercise most days of the week??

What is your height and weight??
Most active, young females would not need to drop to 800 calories daily to lose weight???
And yes, it is very difficult to meet total nutritional needs on this low amount of calories. This amount is reserved for programs that are medically monitored on a weekly basis.

Dietitian Becky



 
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