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Do I really have to eat 1400 calorie forever?

shortone100shortone100 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
I'm 4'11, 110 pounds. I walk at least 10,000 steps a day, but I also have a desk job; I go to the gym about 3 times a week but I tend to do weights not cardio. I've been told that's sedentary, so I'm going with that to be safe.

I think my bmr is about 1150, which at sedentary (x1.2) would put my total calorie needs at about 1400.

Am I off with my calculations? Do I really need to eat such a low amount just to maintain? I might be shorter but my appetite is pretty much the same. I hear my friends talk about how impossible it is to eat at 1400 while they're losing weight. It just doesn't seem sustainable. Am I just doomed to gain weight?
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  • ChunkahlunkahChunkahlunkah Posts: 373Member Member Posts: 373Member Member
    Well, hello there. It's not often that I come across a fellow 4'11 shorty. ;)

    My appetite, regardless of how active I am, typically falls in the 1500-1800 calories mark. Eating that amount keeps me in the 110's, so long as I'm not completely sedentary. If I were to engage in the activity level that you describe, going by my own history, I'd definitely be able to eat around 17/1800 calories without gaining, and I'm in my 30s.

    I hope you find that you can up the calories. :)
  • griffinca2griffinca2 Posts: 667Member Member Posts: 667Member Member
    I agree w/bbell, probably should be lightly active! I'm retired and not sure how many steps a day I do. I also workout 3 times a week (mostly weights w/some light cardio) and am eating around 1600 cals a day and have my activity level set for lightly active. I'm 5'3" and have trouble maintaining 114/15 eating that much.
  • xingchaoxingchao Posts: 26Member Member Posts: 26Member Member
    I am also 4'11" and don't like the low TDEE as well. I don't know how to make it work just yet after tracking my calories for only about three months. As I'm nearing maintenance (probably by the end of the month), I have been having more and more re-feed days to stop binging on other days. This way is probably only sustainable for me for another 2 or 3 more months, but other than increasing NEAT/cardio like bbell1985 has mentioned, eating 1400 calories seems like the only way to maintain.
  • bbell1985bbell1985 Posts: 4,582Member Member Posts: 4,582Member Member
    Yeah, I know I have more calories than you guys, but I am taller and bigger. I probably feel almost the same way. I have an appetite for at least 2200. Maintaining and losing are both rather uncomfortable for me.
  • TavistockToadTavistockToad Posts: 34,088Member Member Posts: 34,088Member Member
    I'm 4'11, 110 pounds. I walk at least 10,000 steps a day, but I also have a desk job; I go to the gym about 3 times a week but I tend to do weights not cardio. I've been told that's sedentary, so I'm going with that to be safe.

    I think my bmr is about 1150, which at sedentary (x1.2) would put my total calorie needs at about 1400.

    Am I off with my calculations? Do I really need to eat such a low amount just to maintain? I might be shorter but my appetite is pretty much the same. I hear my friends talk about how impossible it is to eat at 1400 while they're losing weight. It just doesn't seem sustainable. Am I just doomed to gain weight?

    you're not sedentary.

    how many calories have you been eating to lose weight?
  • mari5466mari5466 Posts: 137Member Member Posts: 137Member Member
    I'm the same height as you but in 115. On the days I walk 10,000 sets my Fitbit gives me a minimum of 1800 calories to mantain and it's been working. Maybe since your lighter it could a little less. Maybe add 10-15 minutes of cardio to your workouts. On the days im more sedentary I burn closer 1600. I would definitely think your maitenance is higher than 1400.
  • Tabbycat00Tabbycat00 Posts: 146Member Member Posts: 146Member Member
    lol. 1400 is my goal and I find it hard to eat that many! I'm 5'2 and trying to maintain no less than 98 lbs. I say listen to your body. Eat a few more calories if that's what feels right and pay attention to your weight. Everyone is different.
  • cwolfman13cwolfman13 Posts: 35,192Member Member Posts: 35,192Member Member
    I'm 4'11, 110 pounds. I walk at least 10,000 steps a day, but I also have a desk job; I go to the gym about 3 times a week but I tend to do weights not cardio. I've been told that's sedentary, so I'm going with that to be safe.

    I think my bmr is about 1150, which at sedentary (x1.2) would put my total calorie needs at about 1400.

    Am I off with my calculations? Do I really need to eat such a low amount just to maintain? I might be shorter but my appetite is pretty much the same. I hear my friends talk about how impossible it is to eat at 1400 while they're losing weight. It just doesn't seem sustainable. Am I just doomed to gain weight?

    If you walk 10,000 steps per day and go to the gym 3x per week, you're not sedentary...
  • suzievvsuzievv Posts: 327Member Member Posts: 327Member Member
    Have you logged for a while? If not, my guess is that you'll find that you need more than 1400, since you walk a lot and work out 3x per week. I would try setting the activity level to "lightly active" and trying that calorie recommendation for a few weeks, and then adjust as needed.
  • BHFFBHFF Posts: 391Member Member Posts: 391Member Member
    My first question would be (and i dont know if anyone has asked yet) is what is your goal? That is important to know before anyone can answer any of your questions. The 10,000 steps a day doesnt mean really anything. Its better than 1,000 yes and its a start but its not really doing much for you in the way of burning of fat. 3x a week at the gym lifting weights is great. How long are you there? What does your split look like? Do you do any cardio? So many questions to be asked prior to giving an answer :)
  • SezxyStefSezxyStef Posts: 15,180Member Member Posts: 15,180Member Member
    If you do no exercise and don't want to gain or lose...yes.

    But you do exercise, you live life, you move etc.

    BMR is what you need just to survive...the rest is extra and you get to eat that extra.
  • Annie_01Annie_01 Posts: 2,593Member Member Posts: 2,593Member Member
    BHFF wrote: »
    My first question would be (and i dont know if anyone has asked yet) is what is your goal? That is important to know before anyone can answer any of your questions. The 10,000 steps a day doesnt mean really anything. Its better than 1,000 yes and its a start but its not really doing much for you in the way of burning of fat. 3x a week at the gym lifting weights is great. How long are you there? What does your split look like? Do you do any cardio? So many questions to be asked prior to giving an answer :)

    The 10,000 steps a day means that she is not sedentary and can eat at the slightly active level. The additional calories might possibly help her to eat within that goal. For me at least half of those (or more) should be at a speed that qualifies for aerobic activity...at least a 3.0-3.5 level. The main thing that those 10,000 steps show is that she not just sitting...she is moving.

    I think resistance training of some type should be included. However as a beginner does she really need to worry about what split she is doing. I am a beginner...I just do a 3 day full body workout...with weights that are heavy for me. I am sure that some people would tell me that they are not doing much good.
  • SymbolismNZSymbolismNZ Posts: 190Member, Premium Member Posts: 190Member, Premium Member
    Strength and conditioning work will help you increase the amount of calories that your body burns naturally.
  • Aniston_TAniston_T Posts: 25Member Member Posts: 25Member Member
    It might depend on what you eat too, if you bulk up your meals with lots of low calorie vegetables that also have a lot of fiber you will feel satisfied with 1400 a day. I was at 1400 on weekdays for a year and 1800-2000 on weekends. I was satisfied with the 1400 on weekdays however, I don't know if it also helped that I ate more on weekends. Some foods make you want to eat more and usually these have the highest calories.
  • mom23mangosmom23mangos Posts: 2,356Member Member Posts: 2,356Member Member
    I'm close to your height and weight and I had my RMR tested at 1400 (I do have a fairly good proportion of lean mass). So being lightly active, I tend to end up around 1600-1800. You can do a lot with 1600 calories if you eat bulky foods. I tend to be like @Toniagr1 and eat less on the weekdays and more on the weekends.

    Only way to know for sure what is going to work for you is to log for a period of time and play around with your calories. If you eat 1400 and lose, add more. If you eat 1600 and maintain, try 1700 and see if you still maintain. There will be a dialing in period.

    Also, to someone else's point, you may find a weight that you find acceptable that lets you eat an amount that is filling to you. I am finding I am maintaining without logging at about 103lbs, compared to my youth weight of 95lbs or my leanest over 40 of 98lbs. But it's a weight that I feel I don't look too bad at and I don't have to think about food too much. And when I want to lean out for summer, I just start logging again.
    edited January 2017
  • WinoGelatoWinoGelato Posts: 12,574Member Member Posts: 12,574Member Member
    OP - have you been losing weight prior to this? Were you logging and tracking your calories in and calories burned during the weight loss process? Or are you starting from scratch? While the calculators and activity trackers are helpful to assess your TDEE (maintenance calorie levels), ultimately the best numbers come from your own results.

    Otherwise, I agree with others that if you are exercising regularly and getting 10K steps or more each day, that's not necessarily sedentary. I'm a petite female over 40, with a desk job, and the calculators would generally put me at a low maintenance level based strictly on stats. However, once I got my FitBit and realized that I was also averaging 10K steps/day, I got the good advice here that I wasn't sedentary, and I raised my activity level and my base calories at that time. I now average 15K steps/day and have a TDEE of about 2200 (I'm 5'2) so it is definitely possible to maintain at higher calorie levels than often predicted, simply by working to raise your overall activity level.
  • martinwilson1966martinwilson1966 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    I'm in the process of losing weight and I'm hoping after I've done all the hard work, a regular lighter exercise regime and some more sensible (not boring) food choices will be all I need to maintain my weight.

    As an example I love curry and I'm equally fond of Jafrezi and Tikka Masala but one has far more calories than the other. Makes sense in future (when Curries are back on the menu) to go for Jafrezi far more than Tikka Masala. Some things you get to learn have a ridiculous amount of calories for their minimal or average enjoyment level.

    Keep your metabolism high and muscles large by exercising and you get to have more calories per day and still maintain your weight.

    Sadly for me this is the second time I've had to lose a lot of weight and this time I'm determined to keep it off.
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