Do you make sure you use all your calories?

Discussion in 'Calorie Counting' started by Caz, 10 April 2011 Social URL.

  1. Caz

    Caz Slimming down the aisle

    Posts:
    13,652
    Likes Received:
    95
    Start Weight:
    19st1.5lb
    Current Weight:
    18st6.8lb
    Goal Weight:
    13st0lb
    Lost(%):
    0st8.7lb(3.25%)
    Diet:
    Calorie Counting / SML / Orlistat
    I'm just wondering whether you guys generally use up all of your calories each day or not? I'm currently only on 254 calories after a pretty big lunch (I had a rather busy morning and didn't end up getting breakfast so had an early lunch around 11 instead). I'm working 5-11 tonight so all I've got left is dinner before work and then to bed when I get home. I have to admit, I do like working evening shifts... keeps me out of the fridge!

    I've set myself 1500 calories a day but I think that on a day like this where I've not ate huge amounts, I don't mind if I only have 1200. I'm using myfitnesspal and it says that I should have 1790 calories a day to lose 2 lbs a week, which is what's meant to be the healthy rate so I'm already going under the recommended allowance by having 1500. I've only just started back dieting which is why I've said 1500 and then I'll drop to 1200 if I need to or feel it would be better.

    God I'm rambling! To the point... if you've set yourself 1200 calories a day or 1500 or whatever, do you make sure that you use them all? Or is the odd day not eating so much alright do you think?
     
  2. Avatar

    MiniMins.com Matched Content

  3. Miss V

    Miss V Full Member

    Posts:
    204
    Likes Received:
    4
    Start Weight:
    12st12lb
    Current Weight:
    10st0lb
    Goal Weight:
    10st0lb
    Lost(%):
    2st12lb(22.22%)
    Diet:
    Slimfast and Calorie counting - my own.
    I usually try to eat all of my calories although occasionally I do go slightly over or slightly under! Am currently aiming for 1300 and I find if I eat a lot less than my allowance my losses slow down.

    Good luck with CC :D

    V
    xx
     
  4. Emmaline

    Emmaline Hippety Hop!

    Posts:
    21,966
    Likes Received:
    269
    Start Weight:
    16st2lb
    Current Weight:
    14st7.8lb
    Goal Weight:
    11st0lb
    Lost(%):
    1st8.2lb(9.82%)
    Diet:
    calorie counting and low carbs
    Hi Caroline, In my humble opinion as long as you are not getting so you are depriving yourself and feeling quite satisfied I really don't see any problem with being under any more than being slighlty over.
    Personally, I am on a 1000 calorie limit being disabled and sedentary 90% of the time which is quite difficult to manage menuwise but it suits me okay.

    Keep up the good work anyway and remember -

    Onwards and Downwards!!
     
  5. Fattack

    Fattack Likes to eat

    Posts:
    735
    Likes Received:
    19
    Start Weight:
    15st0lb
    Current Weight:
    11st7lb
    Goal Weight:
    8st8lb
    Lost(%):
    3st7lb(23.33%)
    Diet:
    WeightWatchers
    I try to eat all of my NET calories throughout the week - so that means I try to eat back my exercise cals too. Some days I may be 100 over, other days, 100 under to compensate, but overall in a week, I average out at about 1200 net a day. My boyfriend is visiting from abroad in a couple of weeks and I've not seen him in ages so would like to lose a little more than 1lb a week before then, so until he arrives I'll not eat all of my exercise calories, but will consume at least 1200 a day (as is recommended for most women without mobility or metabolic health issues). Should also help cushion the "gain" I'll probably have after the 10 days he's here (lots of trips and eating out planned which means YAY SODIUM FAKE GAINS -.- ).
     
  6. Lith

    Lith Member

    Posts:
    37
    Likes Received:
    3
    Start Weight:
    24st1lb
    Current Weight:
    22st7lb
    Goal Weight:
    10st10lb
    Lost(%):
    1st8lb(6.53%)
    Diet:
    My own amalgamation of what works for me!
    Is started by using MFP and still do use it, finding it extrmely helpful as a tracker...however, it tells me I need to be eating 2400 (approx) to lose a pound a week (simply because I really am that humongous...I am pretty sedentary!) and even I, lover of food that I am, find it difficult to do that without eating junk food (I didn't get to 24 stone by eating way too much salad, after all...)

    I usually hit, on average, between 1700 and 1800 calories. I can reach the heady heights of 2000 on a weekend, usually because we treat ourselves to a yummy bacon butty for breakfast on Sunday and possibly a cheeky wee chocolate bar on Saturday. My dietician has advised that this is a good and healthy ammount of calories to be eating day to day to lose the weight that I am carrying. When it gets to the point that I have to eat less than that much to lose then I'll just have to adjust my diet as so.

    I don't think I'm in any real big danger of "doing it wrong" when it comes to my net calories. I generally therefore don't bother to log my exercise. There is research suggesting that a morbidly obese person can safely undergo a massively reduced calorie intake simply because of the ammount of fat stored in their body, but a merely "overweight" person would be wise to heed the advice of MFP.

    On the other hand, I once knew a girl who lost five stone by eating 1500 calories every day till she got there. It's nice to have something tailor made, and I'm glad I don't currently have to stick to that, but if she could do it that way maybe some of us could benefit with relaxing the calorie counts a little. Whatever works for you I guess is the main thing :)
     
  7. Agent Shagwell

    Agent Shagwell Silver Member

    Posts:
    548
    Likes Received:
    4
    I certainly don't eat all of them every day. So far it seems to be working. But sometimes I'll eat over...like on Friday we got McDonalds and it pushed me up from 1200 to about 2000! Somehow I still lost weight the next day :)
     
  8. Shazzabir

    Shazzabir Gold Member

    Posts:
    2,618
    Likes Received:
    10
    Start Weight:
    10st10.5lb
    Current Weight:
    8st10.5lb
    Goal Weight:
    8st10.5lb
    Lost(%):
    2st0lb(18.6%)
    Badges:
    Maintainer
    Diet:
    Calorie Counting
    I generally eat all of my net calories. Sometimes I go over, sometimes under. I also eat most of my exercise calories.
    If I have gone over too much I will make sure I am under for several days to make up for it!!
     
Popular Forums
  1. MiniMins.com is a weight loss support community helping each other on their weight loss journey. We have a multitude of forums, from Slimming World and Exante, to Success Stories. Click the logo at the top right to return to the forum home page at any time.
Loading...