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Any 1200 calorie petite girls?

OliveSaltOliveSalt Member Posts: 47 Member Member Posts: 47 Member
Im looking for other petite gals that have a daily calorie goal of 1200! Lets support each other in our really tricky quest of getting a nutrient dense intake on such a small margin.

And before you come at me with pitchforks, heres my stats:

36 yr old mama
Height: 5ft 0 inches, petite frame
Current weight: 131
Goal weight: 110
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  • 7rainbow7rainbow Member Posts: 157 Member Member Posts: 157 Member
    Hyah! MFP says my goal should be 1200 cals too! I'm not sure if by petite you mean height wise or thinness wise (I'm a bit taller although have a lean petite frame) but feel free to add me if you want! 🙂
  • findingmifindingmi Member Posts: 31 Member Member Posts: 31 Member
    I’m 5’5” and MFP has me on 1200 calories per day. It is really challenging—especially when you consider it leaves no room for accounting errors. I try to eat more protein and be really mindful of every little thing that I eat because I have no calories to “waste” on something that isn’t going to sustain me for any length of time.
  • Sam_H_NSam_H_N Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4 Member
    I know that my max caloric intake is 1160 unless I get a good bit of exercise. I'm 5'4" with a job that keeps me tied to a keyboard 10-12 hours per day. I bought an apple watch with a subscription to apple fitness which seems to be helping. It's so hard to ever feel like you've eaten enough on 1160 per day!
  • Strudders67Strudders67 Member Posts: 903 Member Member Posts: 903 Member
    I'm 5'1.5" and sedentary. At my starting weight (68kg /150lb), MFP showed that my maintenance was 1450 so, even at 1200 cals, I was at the lowest weight loss goal (250 cal deficit) and, as I lost weight, my deficit got smaller and smaller. It wouldn't have mattered what goal I chose, MFP won't set below 1200 cals so my deficit was still 250 cals or less. I was in no particular rush though and it took me just over two years to lose the initial 15kg/33lb and reach my goal weight. I used the time to learn what a balanced me-sized meal / portion was.

    Exercise gets me more cals to eat, which was true even as I was losing weight. That's how I had / have a nutritionally balanced diet. I'd have struggled if I'd only been eating 1200 cals a day. My breakfasts vary but are usually 300-500 cals, my lunchtime salad was always bulky but low cal (200-300 cals, including the protein), leaving more for dinner. If I had additional snacks, I spent longer in the gym! I make sure I get a minimum amount of protein across my day, have an upper limit for carbs and pad out my meals with salad / veg so that they seem more filling.

    I would strongly advise that you determine what your maintenance cals are so that you know what deficit you're really working to. And know that as long as you eat below that number, you'll be losing something, even if it's slower than you'd like. I also suggest that you note what your weight is today, eat your required cals for 6 weeks (including exercise cals) and calculate the difference / actual rate of loss at the end of that period. Are you losing at the expected rate or are you actually going faster than you should be for the deficit you supposedly have?

    In some cases, MFP's numbers are off and in some cases a person's logging is off (either for food consumed or exercise cals burned).

    In the last 6-9 months, I've determined that I burn more than MFP thinks I do, therefore my maintenance is higher than MFP thinks it should be. When I was losing weight, I was going to the gym. Although I took my exercise cals from the machines at the gym / logged my weight lifting by time spent lifting, it's possible the machines / MFP were overstating how much I'd truly burned. I always ate 100% of my exercise cals but, because I was slowly losing weight, I assumed everything was correct. If I'd done some proper analysis around my actual rate of loss, I may have realised back then that something wasn't right.
  • wunderkindkingwunderkindking Member Posts: 340 Member Member Posts: 340 Member
    I'm not doing 1200 calories. I'm not even doing 1400 calories. Not because I OMG have to eat more but because nutritionally dense food is calorically dense. I like vegetables. I can do a lot of bulk eating for next to no calories. But I am not going to do a great job of hitting protein and fat goals at that, and both of those are necessary for life.

    I'm relatively active and not in a rush. I'm going to be eating how I eat to lose the rest of my life.

    My calories are set to maintenance, and have been since I got to within a few pounds of my goal. I eat less than that. I lose weight slower but my vitamins get absorbed and I'm not losing muscle.
  • RyotaFujikawaRyotaFujikawa Member Posts: 438 Member Member Posts: 438 Member

    GummiMundi wrote: »
    It can be challenging, indeed!

    For context: I'm 48, female, 52 kgs, 154 cms, and a sedentary desk job.
    It is true that many women are given a 1200 calorie goal because they choose aggressive loss goals, but that is not always the case when we're petite. According to a commonly referenced calculator, my daily calories to maintain are 1298. Let that sink in. ;)
    https://tdeecalculator.net/result.php?s=metric&age=48&g=female&cm=154&kg=52&act=1.2&bf=&f=1

    So, if I want to lose the last couple of pounds, I do need to add exercise (and the corresponding extra calories) and/or drag this forever with a daily deficit of only 98 calories, instead of the minimum of 250 that everyone else gets. That's not to say I'm advocating VLCDs or anything of the sorts, at all. I'm just saying that... the struggle is real! ;)

    That's true; when we're small, we just don't need as much to maintain. :smile: It is much harder to create a large deficit when we're small enough that an extremely low calorie diet for some is average for us. I tried that calculator, and it gave me 1,786 calories to maintain, but there's no way I could eat that much. :sweat_smile:
  • Biggiwig69Biggiwig69 Member Posts: 39 Member Member Posts: 39 Member
    I am on 1.200 a day. But eat around 1.000 to 1.1000 most days.
    Every day goal: 1000 kcal deficit.
    I lose around 2 lbs a months.
    The weight comes off super slow now being so small.
  • jennypapagejennypapage Member Posts: 431 Member Member Posts: 431 Member
    i feel you. I'm the smallest of all of you i think. Maintenance calories at 1253 ,and looking forward to being able to eat that again. Happy at the moment that i can still lose 1kg a month, which will put me at my goal weight in 3 months.Most days are quite easy frankly, except when you really want to eat that 250kcal cookie. It takes careful planning for every single thing you eat.
  • GummiMundiGummiMundi Member Posts: 317 Member Member Posts: 317 Member
    yirara wrote: »
    GummiMundi wrote: »
    Hello! I also was given a goal of 1200, though I've found it works better for me to keep it to around 1,000. I'm 4'11" and petite as well :blush: I'm able to eat a little more if I work out for a couple hours, though :blush: It can be challenging to create balanced meals on so little!

    It can be challenging, indeed!

    For context: I'm 48, female, 52 kgs, 154 cms, and a sedentary desk job.
    It is true that many women are given a 1200 calorie goal because they choose aggressive loss goals, but that is not always the case when we're petite. According to a commonly referenced calculator, my daily calories to maintain are 1298. Let that sink in. ;)
    https://tdeecalculator.net/result.php?s=metric&age=48&g=female&cm=154&kg=52&act=1.2&bf=&f=1

    So, if I want to lose the last couple of pounds, I do need to add exercise (and the corresponding extra calories) and/or drag this forever with a daily deficit of only 98 calories, instead of the minimum of 250 that everyone else gets. That's not to say I'm advocating VLCDs or anything of the sorts, at all. I'm just saying that... the struggle is real! ;)

    I just put your numbers into another calculator, at it gave you 12something as BMR and 1463 as TDEE. I just tried the same calculator on my stats, and it gave me 1500 calories. That's far too low. Other calculators give me around 1700, which is nearly spot on for totally sedentary days (it's more like 1780 for me). Try other calculators. It's really unlikely that your bmi is below 1000. Not even babies have such a low BMI. But yes, with these stats every weightloss will be slow unfortunately. But this is likely not true for the person I mentioned above, who has a normal size.

    According to the calculator I linked, my BMR is 1082 (so, not under 1000). I can try other calculators, sure, but there is something else that I need to take into consideration: I started using MFP two and a half years ago (and I have used that calculator for the same time), weighing and logging as correctly as I can, every single day. I went from obese to overweight to normal weight, and my rate of loss has been consistently accurate with the numbers. I'd say 845 days of personal data give me something reliable to work with. :)

    Mind you, I'm not complaining. I know that the better eating habits that I have developed over this time need to be maintained for the rest of my life, unless I want to gain weight again. I know exercise is good for my health and I intend to keep doing it regularly. It is what it is and I just can't expect to go back eating on a surplus like I used to and not suffer the consequences. I'm okay with eating just what I need.
  • cfeegecfeege Member, Premium Posts: 6 Member Member, Premium Posts: 6 Member
    Wow, so happy I stumbled upon this thread. I am 5”4 and have a budget a bit higher, but not by much - 1250. It kills me that if I have two glasses of wine on Friday night, it blows my day and week! My husband (6”3) eats a full on Turkey Sandwich and MFP treats it as a snack!!! Good luck everyone and would love to hear what you are eating.
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Member Posts: 4,392 Member Member Posts: 4,392 Member
    It is nice to see others with the same challenges. I’m 38, 5’0”, usually am pretty active but have recently dealt with a back injury and I maintain around 1450 as well. That’s with 30-40 lbs to lose! I have no room for error with my logging. I’m not trying to lose weight now due to pregnancy but when I was losing weight before, I had to accurately log, never cheat, had no room for treats, and eat around 1200-1300 depending on exercise. The progress was soooo slow.
    edited March 10
  • anawake13anawake13 Member Posts: 33 Member Member Posts: 33 Member
    Just something to think about. I am 5" 3 and have 40 lbs to lose. My nutritionist health provider set my goal at 1200 and they only count fat grams which is set at 40. The first time around I lost 22lbs in 12 weeks but now three years later I am dropping 1 lb a week probably less since I am now 74 and my activity level is less due to health problems. Hope you all do well.
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