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Thanks for all the great advice! Reading through it, I think I really was just after some reassurance that this can be normal and not to sweat it.
I should add that I use a PolarFit when I work out, so I do believe my calories burned number is very accurate. And I do track all the food I eat. Yesterday, I came in at just 1100 calories consumed, but 400 burned, so that is quite a deficit. But, as someone said, the calorie issue isn't a daily thing; it flows across weeks and even months. Today, I might wind up eating at the high end of my calorie range. Who knows?!
I guess as long as I'm not hungry, am eating healthy food, and staying well hydrated I'm just not going to worry about this.
Thanks, everyone! Your wisdom makes me feel better!
I wouldn't worry about it. In fact, I think it's fabulous that you're monitoring your food intake based on whether or not you're hungry! If you have 8 more pounds to lose, I'd continue as you're doing. Chances are that you'll begin eating more calories eventually anyway. And, on the off chance that you're underestimating how many calories you're taking in, I wouldn't add anything. You're currently eating in the most natural possible way.
Edited by: SUZYMOBILE at: 3/12/2013 (09:54)
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Our bodies don't reset every 24 hours, the calorie intake and output is cumulative over weeks and months and years. I don't count calories because it is too imprecise. I eat a certain amount of 6 categories each day, add a little if I need to, subtract a little if I need to. If you aren't hungry and don't want to eat, don't eat. It will all work out over time.
Incidentally, the fear of going below 1200 calories a day is just a guideline. My mother is 86 and barely eats 1000 calories a day and is just a little plump.
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.
I try to track my foods so I do not go over or under the 1200 calories. You are right it is hard to eat after you work out I only feel like drinking. Best wishes, Linda from bean town
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I've had this same issue before. For me, I think it is psychological. If I have a great workout I worry about ruining it by eating more. I agree that shouldn't go under 1200 though. Just make sure you are getting enough protein and good carbs to power your workouts. I used to consistently go under my protein and I eventually just pooped out at the gym. Once I upped my protein, I had so much more energy:)
Most of what I've read indicates that a healthy, adult woman shouldn't eat less than 1,200 calories a day to ensure proper nutrition. Since you still want to lose a bit more weight, if you're losing at a reasonable pace (less than two pounds per week), I wouldn't worry about it too much. If you'd like to slow things down a bit, why not try making your normal dishes a little bit richer like PHEBESS suggested? Add a bit more oil, a handful of nuts or some cheese to whatever it is you're eating. If you eat meat, increase your portion size by an ounce or two. These small changes will add up and you'll hardly notice a difference in terms of feeling satisfied.
My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.
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Sometimes I'm just not hungry - and a lot of physical work can do that to me. (Like when I was putting up mosaic murals at school and working 4-5 hours a day on the wall.)
Anyway - if you feel okay, just ride it out. Might be your body or metabolism re-adjusting itself.
If you really want to add a few extra calories, maybe try adding whole milk instead of nonfat, or a dash of honey to your meal, or something. Just a few more cals through richer items, instead of the lower-calorie options. That way, you aren't really adding more food, so you won't feel stuffed.
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Could it be that you're overestimating calories burned? If you're losing at a healthy rate, that's probably the best gauge.
I've certainly never had this problem before.
Over the past couple of weeks (for the most part), I've been coming in at the low end of my calorie range, or even below the bottom limit. Plus, I've been exercising as usual, burning 750-1000 calories a week. My calorie range is set correctly for my exercise level.
I feel I should be eating something just to bring my calorie level up to at least the minimum number on my nutrition tracker, but I don't feel hungry and I'm not suffering any ill effects from this extra calorie deficit.
I'm not at goal yet. I still have about 8 pounds to go.
I'd appreciate any advice on how to handle this calorie deficit issue. It's baffling, to me.
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