I need to agree with those who said that you lose faster when you don't go too low. Since I might win the prize for the most times a person has successfully lost weight, I have to say that even at my advanced age (snort) I am still losing it this time faster than others who eat WAY less than I do. Sure part of that is genetics. Part of it is the muscle I carry (and feed well). Part of it is my level of activity (I burn between 1500 and 2000 calories a week verified by a very fine heart rate monitor). Okay a little side thing, if I just put my activity into Spark it would tell me I was burning about 4000 calories, beware of that. Anyway, each and every time I have dieted off the excess weight since I Learned about physiology, I have done it eating more than my peers in whatever group I was with. I hang out near the top of my Spark range (1900) a day. And I am losing an average of a pound a week on that right now. Just lately slowed a bit now I am approaching my normal BMI. I am a little over 5'7" tall. And 64 years old which should lower my metabolism a bit but nah.
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Not quite sure where my maintenance should be, but at 140ish and 5'6", my BMR seems to be around 1345 with 4 or 5 days a week exercise, my recommended calorie target is around 1625 or so. Still trying to lose those last stubborn pounds though, so I am trying to stay around 1300-1350 give or take a couple. A couple days a week I can hit the 1250 or so range, but more than that and I start to get too hungry.
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LOL Nancy Anne. My tablet was giving me fits when I typed that. Thanks so much. Earlier in the week I had been aiming for 1200 and just thinking of staying that low on purpose for any length of time was making me stressed. 14,000 was probably wishful thinking.
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ok so my BMR is about 1330, I believe. I walk an hour a day or do the equivalent of calorie burning with aerobics, with 15 minutes on the exercise bike 4-5 times a week. I almost always do more activity on the weekend. To lose weight I would then eat 1400 or 1500 calories a day? Thanks.
On the calculator, you might have to really look to find the bmr. Like Nancy said it is on the drop down box right below where you put in your calculations and if you don't click this box, you won't get the bmr.. I have been blogging about all that has been happening since I discovered I was undereating, and the latest thing I seem to have noticed is that when my fat intake is a higher percentage than I intend to keep it at long range, the scale for sure drops the next day.
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Thank you! One of the toughest (if not THE toughest) things to get people to wrap their heads around is that if they eat MORE (above their BMR as opposed to below) they will lose weight faster. The body is going to resist releasing that fat if it assesses that you are starving it.
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Finding out, again, what my BMR is would be interesting. Now I can't find the SparkPeople calculator, which, though clunky, seemed pretty accurate and not based on vague guesses at your level of activity. Can anyone help me find it again?
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To my embarrassment, I was very confused about basal metabolic rate and the amount of calories I need to eat to maintain and to lose even though I have "dieted" most of my life. In fact, I was undereating and stuck on a plateau (don't even want to think what I might have been doing to my body). Thank goodness for this team and special shout out to NancyAnne55 who helped me with the numbers and some great advice. In case anyone here is like I was, please be sure that you are eating at least the amount of calories that your bmr number is. There are calculators on the internet to easily find that bmr number. This is my attempt to pass on the help I was given here.
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