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How many calories do you consume everyday?

I'm just curious... I vary anywhere between 1000 - 2000 a day (generally...) but I work out and burn at least 600 cals a day as well.

Mon. Mar 6, 10:41pm

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I try to average 1200/day. I also workout 3 times a week. I'm not sure how many calories I burn then, maybe like 250?

Monday, March 06, 2006, 10:53 PM

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i aim for 1700 a day. i work out 4-5 times a week and weigh 170 lbs so i can still lose weight at this amount.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 12:03 AM

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I also aim for 1700 calories a day, as ordered by my personal trainer, and I work out for about 45 minutes 5 times a week. I weigh about 148. One thing you should really find out is what your RMR (resting metabolism rate) is. Then you can figure out how many calories you can and should be eating in a day. You can get tested at a lot of gyms.

Kate (kissmekate02)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 12:28 AM

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To the 1st poster--
Eating 1000 cal & then burning 600 seems a bit extreme... I hope that is very rarely? that means that you are essentially only consuming 400 calories (net) a day!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 12:53 AM

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I think I consume about 2000 calories a day, but I tend to burn about 400-800 per work-out session (every other day) so that works out to be about 1600 net calories a day once you subtract the energy burned off...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 1:15 AM

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I consume 1000-1200 and burn about 400-600.. you have to understand that your body isn't burning the food you JUST ate when you work out over a certain time.. usually its actually burning the fat you have.. I have consulted with my doctor and he says (along with a whole other slu of doctors I have on my medical team) say that people don't think that they can go lower and harder with their cals.. If you feel well and are eating 4 food groups and everything.. you can handle eating 1200 cals and frankly burning 1200 cals off as long as you load up on the water.. besides.. if you eat 1000 cals one day.. your not going to die lol

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 8:47 AM

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I was told that as long as I CONSUME at least 1000 cals a day I'm ok. Once I hit that point, burning them off is fine.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 8:59 AM

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Eating 1000 cals/day does slow your metabolism, though, so you're essentially working out just to keep it moving. Just know that when you have a lull in exercise, you may find yourself gaining weight because you won't have exercise to maintain your metabolism.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 10:14 AM

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I eat about 1500 calories a day and burn about 300 a day through exercise. Usually 1 day a week I go in the higher range of 1700-2000 and 1 day a week I do 1300. I think mixing it up and rotating my exercise routine is the reason that I have not hit a plateau in the 5 months I've been on pt.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 10:38 AM

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Go See A Doctor!

Eating 1000 calories can slow SOME people's metabolism.

I think someone else was getting at a key point saying that we are all different shapes and sizes... 1000 may slow yours, but 750 may slow mine.

Please take into consideration that just because someone says something doesn't mean they are right, and their anonymous opinion shouldn't be enough to change your life.

Please consult your family doctor or a doctor that specifically can do tests and can actually medically advise you on what to do.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 11:01 AM

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Personally, a few years ago I lost 20 pounds. I ate no more than 1200 calories a day and ran 5-8 miles every day. This was miserable; I had days when everything tasted like ammonia, days when I was an emotional wreck because I was literally starving, etc., and the weight came off very slowly. It took 10 months!

Those pounds gradually returned... ...and now they are going away! I'm eating under 1500 calories a day most days and exercising much less intensely most days -- and of course it's not nearly as unpleasant and I'm losing weight faster.

It really is true that one can trigger a "starvation metabolism" that makes weight loss much more difficult than it has to be.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 11:28 AM

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I eat 1200-1300 Calories on average. On the weekends I tend to go higher, but never higher then 2000. I try to go to the gym 6 days a week, but I am averaging 3 days a week lately. I am losing about 2 pounds a week and have tons of energy.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 1:40 PM

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Also, a lot of research studies suggest that even with the best intentions we underestimate when we count calories, and also the product labels can be wrong by up to 20%. So, someone who thinks they are only eating 1000 cals a day, may actuall be getting 1200...

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 1:56 PM

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To the person who said to go see a doctor...

You are correct-- a person who is 5'10" may have far different caloric needs than a person at 4'11"... Also, needs differ between men & women as well....

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 2:13 PM

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I eat the calories determined by my RMR test (~1800) and apply the 'activity factor' determined by my occupation (40% of 1800, which is 720) and calories burned at the gym (usually 800-1000) to losing weight. However, this hasn't been working terribly well for me lately. I'm 5'4" and about 182 lbs.


Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 2:27 PM

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Eating less may be counterproductive. If your body is in starvation mode then you need to eat up to 500 more calories a day to boost your weight loss. You may feel like you are ruining your diet but I have found this to actually work:o)

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 3:42 PM

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i have found that works for me too-and what a treat! you get to eat a little more than usual . . to continue your weightloss!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 4:59 PM

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Props to the person who said to go to a doctor and only take advice on here as exactly what it is, unprofessional advice! !!!! Way to go!

Tuesday, March 07, 2006, 5:54 PM

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My doctor is the one who advised that I should eat about 500 more calories to boost my weight loss:o)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006, 9:57 AM

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I am eating between 2000 - 2500 a day. I don't know how many calories I actually burn off each day because I only work out 1-2 times a week. I am 5'2 1/2, weigh about 110lbs. What I have realized is that my metabolism goes up when I consume healthy food, especially healthy carbs, amino acids, fatty acids, omega-3, etc. i have fish, eggs, veggies, fruits, oats, cereal, pasta and milk everyday. Carbs give me that boost of energy and raise my metabolism. Don't skip carbs. It is essential to your weight loss. I make sure that I don't go dehydrated, so I drink plenty of water when I have a chance. I have a feeling that if I start working out more, I can easily build up muscles and lower body fat. Right now I am looking pretty healthy. I think it has a lot to do with what you choose to eat and your stress level. I have realized that my body cooperates better when I am happy. Depression can slow down or reverse your weight loss, so stay positive.


Thursday, July 09, 2009, 1:13 PM

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1200 cals/day plus jillian michael's 20 min workout
--> lost 14 pounds in 2 months, including taking "break days" from diet AND exercise

Wednesday, July 15, 2009, 3:42 PM

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