Your body is not going to go into starvation mode on 1200-1500 calories. If you are not hungry, then eat at the 1200 amount. Average hunger, then you will probably be eating around 1300-1500. There may be days when you are more hungry and eating 1600-1800..."but" when you average out the 7 day intake---I bet you will still be within your 1200-1500 calorie range.
10/3/13 11:29 P
What if I end up eating less than 1500 a day? Some days I don't reach that. I work out for 70-90 minutes monday-friday, and lately I have been doing 30 min of cario on sat & sun. So I've been working out everyday. I just don't want my body to go into "starvation" mode and store anything. During the week I do a mix of cardio and resistance. Thank you for you advice.
9/24/13 9:31 P
I use a protein drink sometimes in the morn too. I eat1/2 a banana before I workout, then the protein drink which has carbs too about 30 minutes after I finish. Protein will keep you full longer and requires more calories for the body to make use of it. Most days I prefer real food after my exercise is done.
We have 2 programs at Sparkpeople and the one you are using is over-estimating your calorie needs for your workout days.
If you want, I encourage you to switch to the other Sparkpeople format. OR Realize that on exercise days you should be eating at about 1500-1700 calories max; especially based on your weekly weight loss goal.
I do not encourage a calorie intake of 800/day; but agree with your that 2400 is inappropriate--and too high. Hope this helps
Becky your SP Registered Dietitian
9/24/13 6:25 P
Thank you for your responses. To meet my goals of losing 2 lbs per week this site recommends eating 1200-1550 (based on my normal activity level). On a day with a workout (my workouts are mostly consistent on calories burned) it recommends 2050-2400, I work out 5 days a week. My food in take is anywhere from 882-1742. For the past week that is my range of calorie intake. Should I eat more? I have added protein shakes in, once I started tracking what I eat I noticed that my protein wasn't meeting the minimums recommended. But when I drink one in the morning I'm not hungry for breakfast.
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310 9/24/13 5:47 P
The popular answer here will be to try and meet your goals... but I think that if you're not hungry, you shouldn't push yourself to eat (as long as you really DON'T feel hungry, and aren't just hoping to speed up the weight loss). I have days that I don't feel like eating more than 7 or 800 cals... I could push myself, but usually the next day (rarely, the day after) I feel hungry unless I'm at the top of my range (or over it). When I do a history though, the numbers usually work out to be right where I want them without too much problem. And no, I sometimes feel less like eating when I work out, but pay with interest the next day.
Bottom line, at least from me, is to listen to your body. Also, try looking at your week averages. Like I said, sometimes you'll have low and high days, but your averages will prove that you're staying right on target (or that you're having too much of one or the other)!
To answer your question, more information is needed.
What is your typical calorie range recommendation? What is your typical calorie intake on most days of the week?
Becky Your SP Registered Dietitian
9/24/13 4:51 P
I have been tracking my calorie intake. When I work out it says that I need more calories. My problem is that I am not hungry. Should I eat anyways to up my calorie intake? That seems counter productive to me reaching my goals. I want to lose 60 more pounds. As long as I am eating healthy and meeting my nutrition needs do I really need the amount of calories that the tracker says I do?