blacklamb wrote:I'm a little confused about how many calories I should be limiting myself to each day. I go to the gym 4 to 6 times a week doing both weights and cardio. I've not been as strict with my diet as I should be, and while I'm not gaining any weight (thank god!) i'm not losing any either.
I went to see my doctor this morning, and he told me that I should be eating 800 calories per day! This seems far too low. I thought I should be eating around 1200, but after seeing the doc today I am more confused than ever.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions for me? I'm thinking of seeing a nutritionist, but I'd really love to hear some other opinions.
PS i'm new - hi!
There's no way you should be only consuming 800 calories a day *I believe you probably misheard or misunderstood your doctor* especially if you are doing so much exercise.. go to one of those on-line calorie counters and plug in your details.. censored, weight, height and age.. http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calcu ... ulator.php
It can get confusing because you basically have to add on all your daily activities to derive what calories you expend during the day and then make sure that your total intake is lower than this to lose weight.. the greater the deficit, the bigger the loss..
I don't know what your details are or what you need to lose.. if you wanna put them up here with an idea of your aims then I will try to give you some pointers..
What I have done is basically stripped a couple of hundred calories off of my BMR (basic metabolic rate - basically what you'd expend doing absolutely nothing per day apart from just breathing
).. mine was about 1800 calories a day when I started and is now just over 1700.. then everything you do during the day is basically what you are likely to lose.. ie to lose 1 kilo you'd need to expend 7,700 calories.. if this was over a week you'd need to expend 1,100 calories a day and tbh this shouldn't be too hard.. if you are going to the gym then that's around 500 calories at least in an hour.. remember you expend calories doing all sorts like walking and gardening and house cleaning etc.. *theres calculators on line that tell you these to, try googling).. even typing on the computer and driving a car expends calories so they all add up..
Once I got into this mindset it was pretty easy to lose weight and not even worry about calorie counting because I knew that my food intake (I have planned on about 1500 calories a day) was sufficient for just about maintaining my weight if I did absolutely nothing.. and that what I was losing was related to how much physical activity I expended.. which motivated me to do more and more until l was averaging losinga kilo a week.. for me anyway once i understood the mathematics of how it worked, it just became easier and then I could plan my dietry intake on that base amount (of 1500 calories) and decide what foods were not only healthy and sufficient in quantity but also which I have enjoyed and am content with eating..
Also remember if you have just started and are going down the gym that you may not be showing results on the scales because you are adding muscle etc whilst no doubt losing weight so don't get disheartened about this.. it will come believe me..
Hope this has helped a little.. if you have any questions I'd be happy to answer..
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