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Increasing Calories -- a Counter-Intuitive Approach to Losing Weight

Monday, January 16, 2012

OK, so now I'm convinced that 1100-1300 calories per day is not appropriate. I'm probably losing muscle not fat. So, reluctantly, I'm going to increase to 1500/day.

A few years ago I did a "metabolism test" where I breathed into a tube for a few minutes. It determined my BMR at 1300 calories/day. That's what my body would use if I was in a coma. The nutritionist said I should eat a little more than 1500 per day.

OK fast-forward to yesterday, when I found a BMR calculator on the internet and it also stated I should be eating 1500 calories per day.

God knows this "white-knuckling" it at 1100-1300 calories and exercising like a maniac isn't a sustainable lifestyle.

So I'm going to 1500 calories and will try that for a week.

I will hardly know what to do with all those extra calories! emoticon emoticon

Hmmmmm, that's a good problem to have!

Have a great Monday, everyone.
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    A person can eat too few calories, that is when muscles disappears also. Good thing you are realizing that. Good luck.
    3201 days ago
    Totally agree that finding a sustainable calorie level is essential: this is about a life style for a long time@@
    3208 days ago
    Thanks for the tip on the video program. I am happy to take advantage of all sources of encouragement.
    3208 days ago
  • NANCY-
    If I may throw in my 2cents...
    You might want to try it for more than a week to give your body an opportunity to adjust and find it's balance.
    Changing a mindset is challenging. You will find what works for you.
    3209 days ago
    Oh TravelGirl, if I'm exercising regularly, I have to eat at the top of my calorie limit to lose weight. Otherwise, I think my body is holding on to everything in case it needs it. My experience over the past year is that I lose weight consistently if I'm eating at the top of my range and exercising regularly.

    Good luck. I'd love to know if you find the same.
    3210 days ago
    You have done something really hard, which is changing your mindset. Well, at least it's awfully hard for me to do, once I've got on a certain track. Applause for being so sensible and having the gumption to make a switch! I'm going to borrow BLW's dump truck to cart off my own Stinkin' Thinkin' !
    Uh-oh, I needed to make two trips!
    3210 days ago
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    Hey TG - you really do know better than to try and get by on 1200 to 1300 calories!! I know you know better so good for you in boosting it to 1500.

    You'll be healthier and happier!! Just don't use those calories on wine and bread! emoticon

    You are off to a great start so make changes as needed to keep you moving forward on a positive track and this calorie addition is a good adjustment.


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    3210 days ago
    White knuckles are to be saved for icy roads and medical emergencies. It is hard to be gentle with ourselves but we need to remember this a lifestyle change, not a diet.

    Learning to eat a healthy 1500 calories is doable. When feelings of deprivation are sent down the highway the need to indulge, binge, or go off track seems to leave with it. emoticon The dump truck is a good emoticon for this, it is loaded with all our old stinkin' thinkin'.
    3210 days ago
    I'm doing the same thing for the next two weeks- and it's really not easy when I'm not drinking right now.
    I'm enjoying more fruit and nts, though.
    Notice my new username?
    3210 days ago
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