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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:06 pm

hi all :)

for those of you who count calories i was wondering how many calories you allow yourself a day?

to lose weight how many calories does one need to comsume a day? im not up on the whole counting thing obviously! lol. was just curious!
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Postby Dolly » Wed Dec 06, 2006 2:13 pm

They say to keep healthy you should go no lower than 1,300 calories per day.
A few diets say 1.000
but with hypothyroidism 800 calories seems the go or you will gain weight.

When I belonged to an american diet group called eDiets.com they told me to consume between 1,500 to 2,000 per day but when I gained weight they said I could go no lower than 1,300 but their minimum made me grow fatter even with my 45 minutes of walking each day.
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Postby SarahC » Wed Dec 06, 2006 3:03 pm

It depends on your basal metabolism and activity levels. There should be a calculator somewhere maybe on Calorie King... certainly their calorie counter book has the information in it.

I'm kinda going for around 6000kJ (about 1500Cal) at the moment, which is way way less than the energy that I am using (by my calculations sometimes as high as 11000kJ :shock: I do a lot of excercise :oops: ). I've found that is a good level for me, but sometimes a bit hard to stick to as I am a pig and can't stop eating :roll:
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Postby KimE » Wed Dec 06, 2006 6:02 pm

Hi Kate
Here is the link to the energy need calculator on this site http://www.weightloss.com.au/weight-los ... ulator.htm this will help determine your Basal Metabolic Rate or BMR

This will help you to determine how many cals per day you need depending on the amount of activity you do.

The theory goes to lose 1/2 kg you need a deficit in that week of 3500 calories. So you create a calorie deficit by 1) eating less calories than you require or 2) burning the calories with exercise. A combination of the two is the recommended way to go. I have found and I am sure Christina (Puffer) can back me on this it is not an exact science as the body doesn't neatly fit into a mathematical equation but over the long run it has worked out for me.

I have also read not to go lower than 1200 cals per day.

I currently eat around 1600 per day during the week and probably average 2000 per day on the weekend with the occasional 2500 on Saturday night but hey that's my night off. :D My BMR is just over 2000 per day so I still end up with a calorie deficit at the end of the week, hence still losing weight.
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Postby kate_turner2000 » Wed Dec 06, 2006 7:05 pm

so i calculated mine and its says 2110 calories a day. so i should aim to have less than that? im so confused! i never did well with maths and so on :S thanks for your help :)
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Postby Ally » Thu Dec 07, 2006 4:32 am

Hi Kate, the BMR on the site is how many calories you need to maintain your weight. If you pop onto the Calorie King website you will find a calculator that, when you enter your data, it will then tell you how many calories a day you will need in order to lose weight. http://www.calorieking.com.au is the site. For example I need 2000 Cals per day in order to lose the weight, based on my weight and height.
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Postby KimE » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:49 am

Try calorieking Kate and see how you go.

Yes you need to eat less than 2110 to lose weight. The recommended I have read is about 500 cals per day so you would be looking at around 1610. If you go lower don’t go below 1200 as that seems to be the lower limit. On lite n easy the lowest program they have is 1200 and I think calorieking doesn’t every go below 1200 either no matter what your weight. See how you go and sing out if you need any more info.

Hopefully it is a bit clearer.
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Postby Dolly » Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:09 am

when the calculator asks you your weight put down the minimum weight you're supposed to be for your height (eg 55kg) rather than the weight you already are. Then see what the recommended calorie intake is.
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Postby Jisgone » Thu Dec 07, 2006 8:35 am

That calculator is scary! at my original weight it says i would have needed to eat 3190 calories to maintain my weight, it makes me wonder how many i was eating to be able to gain!
Ive never counted calories before but i think im going to aim for about 1500, maybe a bit more on weekends.
For my current weight i should be eating 2952 so hopefully if i do this ill lose about 1 kilo a week, so here goes :)
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Postby ossabelli » Thu Dec 07, 2006 9:04 am

I try to eat around 1,000 per day. I know some diet sites say no lower than 1,200, but I gain weight when I eat that.

1,000 plus exercise is the way to go for me!
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Postby hushpuppy » Thu Dec 07, 2006 10:29 am

hi there Kate
I found this on the net it might help u to caculate caories ect
http://www.alexnolan.net/software/diet/ ... intake.htm
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Postby lookwhosperfectnow » Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:48 am

Slimming and health magazine have a calorie intake chart based on how much you need to lose and how much you weigh.

Less then 6kg to lose- 1250cals, 35g fat
6-20kg- 1500cals, 42g fat
+20kg- 1750cals, 49g fat

I have 1500cals a day, and i also make sure i have at least 70g protien a day when im exercising. I also have at least 1000cals before 1pm so i burn it all during the day. I only have maximum 500cals after 1pm, cuz i dont need all that energy.

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Postby KimE » Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:25 pm

Jess I do something similar and it seems to work out very well for me. Calorie tapering.
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Postby Livy » Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:49 pm

I am allowed to eat exactly 1491 calories a day.
Some days are a hit, others a miss.
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Postby Jisgone » Thu Dec 07, 2006 9:23 pm

I have discovered i suck at counting calories :) I shall just continue to watch what i eat and visit the gym!
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