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Suggested daily calorie intake to lose weight?

I am a 23 female, workout everyday (even if it's just a walk), am 5 2", and weigh 163. I want to lose 33 pounds and stay sane and energized enough to see results, but be able to function and workout.

Im at about 1200 cal for my daily target. Any ideas? Too much? More?

Thu. Jun 28, 4:18am

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I too am 5'2 (21 years old). Since you're still young, you should eat probably around 2,000, especially since you work out everyday. I read in a magazine that a sedentary 20 year old should consume 2,000 calories, so that's where I'm getting this estimation from. But you should focus on eating healthy meals and snacks throughout the day and no doubt about it the weight will come off. You don't want to suddenly drop to 1200. From personal experience, suddenly dropping my cals, I could not handle it and ended up bingeing. Good luck.

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 4:46 AM

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Have you figured out how much your daily calorie intake is? It would be helpful to get a ballpark figure on that, then you can cut 500 cals per day from your average. That would allow 1lb/week weight loss at a minimum.... good luck!

Thursday, June 28, 2007, 6:10 AM

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There are lots websites that provide calculators to estimate how many calories you need to lose weight. The link below is for the Health Calculator at You can calculate BMI, your healthiest weight, waist-hip ratio, and daily requirements for calories, carbs, protein, etc. I recommend trying this on a couple of different web sites for an appropriate calorie intake to make sure you aren't getting some really far off numbers.

good luck!


Thursday, June 28, 2007, 6:48 AM

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Thursday, January 08, 2009, 6:39 PM

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this is an interesting email we were sent today from someone, and they make the good observation that planning your meals, not just counting calorie intake helps them:

"I have difficulty counting points, counting number of "cheats",etc in a day
that is non stop.

What the cheat system has done is help me plan my week's menu successfully.

I now eat a slice of Ezekiel bread with one tbsp of almond butter for
breakfast or an almond milkshake, a large salad with some bean, tofu or
other vegetarian dish for lunch and 4 oz of chicken or fish with a cooked
veggie and /or sweet potatoes at dinner. Simple! I use a little oil on the
salad and the cooked veggies which is the only real cheats I am having
during the week.

For snacks I am having the organic berries or grapefruit or flaxseed chips
and at times goat's milk yogurt (plain).

Since I am using less than half the number of cheats allowed per day I am
allowing myself a glass or two of wine on Friday and Sat evening , along
with a restaurant prepared fish and veggie(assume there is oil and butter
involved). I might even have a very small (200 cal) dessert on the weekend."

We are seeing a lot of comments from members like this, where they are benefiting in some way from the "ease" of the cheat system.

Here is the link to learn more about this:

The document that outlines the system is free.


Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 11:39 AM

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I'm 5'2 and started dieting at around your weight when I was 26. I started with around 1500 calories a day and then as I lost weight I had to step up my workouts and cut down to 1200 a day

Tuesday, March 01, 2011, 12:13 PM

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