Upping Calories?

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  1. chick10

    chick10 Got To Keep Counting :D

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    Atm i have been having 850 for the past 7 weeks.

    At the end of June i am wanting to up my calories to around 1100.

    Just wondering how this will change my weight loss?

    Has anyone ever done what im about to do?
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  3. leighleigh

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    Well most nutritionists (in fact I haven't come across one who has disagreed with this statement yet) is the basic needs for anybody is 1200 calories. Anything less than that could throw the body into starvation mode which means it will actually store fat. Also some studies suggest that the metabolism will slow way down on a calorie intake less then 1150-1200 (obv. it depends on the person)

    Upping your calories means you'll be eating more, yes, but it won't necessarily mean you'll gain weight or lose weight less quickly. Most people focus on the net calories consumed, when really the thing you should be focusing on is the defecit. As long as there is a healthy (and sustainable) defecit you'll lose weight - there are of course exceptions, mainly the dreaded plateau but all that requires is a shake up of routine. So back to this defecit: weight loss is really quite simple Calories consumed - (BMR+Calories burned through excercise) = weight loss ... as long as there is a defecit. Normally about 500 calories. So, if your calories consumed over the weeks adds up to 3500 calories LESS then your BMR for the week You'll lose a pound...roughly (again exceptions! but for the most part). Add to that 3500 calories burned through excercise, you should lose about 2lbs a week. There are exceptions and your body will need time to adjust - so give it a chance. I definitely recommend upping your intake to at least 1200 calories. Chances are your body won't be getting enough nutrients to be truly healthy. It would be terrible if you lost all of your weight and then found that your muscle mass (burns 4 times as many calories as fat) was zilch.

    Good luck

    p.s. I hope you don't think I'm preaching at you. Sometimes my foot likes to live in m mouth.
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