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imalioimalio Posts: 3Member Posts: 3Member
Hi guys! A friend told me to hop on this site so I have and it seems like a great tool BUT I'm a little confused. I want to lose 1kg a week. I'm 20 and 158cm and 64kg. My goal weight is 58. I have an HRM and burn approx. 2000-2500 calories a day.
IF say I eat 1200 calories and then burn the amount I do, thus burning it all off plus extra, will my body think I'm starving myself? I'm not sure how much to eat. This site says to eat 1200 and it says how much it thinks I'll burn daily but then it says I'll lose only 0.8lbs a week? I'm SO super confused with it all! Please help me. And by the way I'm not exercising currently, just am always on my feet...
I really don't get how much I'm supposed to eat!! :huh:

Thank you

Ahh now I see that you have to eat your exercise calories or you body will go into 'starvation mode'? So am I supposed to eat that 2000plus?? Then I wont lose... will I? :grumble: Every site tells me different!

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  • imalioimalio Posts: 3Member Posts: 3Member
    Hi guys! A friend told me to hop on this site so I have and it seems like a great tool BUT I'm a little confused. I want to lose 1kg a week. I'm 20 and 158cm and 64kg. My goal weight is 58. I have an HRM and burn approx. 2000-2500 calories a day.
    IF say I eat 1200 calories and then burn the amount I do, thus burning it all off plus extra, will my body think I'm starving myself? I'm not sure how much to eat. This site says to eat 1200 and it says how much it thinks I'll burn daily but then it says I'll lose only 0.8lbs a week? I'm SO super confused with it all! Please help me. And by the way I'm not exercising currently, just am always on my feet...
    I really don't get how much I'm supposed to eat!! :huh:

    Thank you

    Ahh now I see that you have to eat your exercise calories or you body will go into 'starvation mode'? So am I supposed to eat that 2000plus?? Then I wont lose... will I? :grumble: Every site tells me different!
  • TNTPeteTNTPete Posts: 702Member Posts: 702Member
    You have figured your BMR according to your HRM now you have to create a 250-500 calorie deficit so you would eat 1500-1600 calories -- if you exercise you would eat those as well. Make sense?
  • ranhoundranhound Posts: 59Member Member Posts: 59Member Member
    That's a great question. I had been aiming at 1950 calories myself and was shocked when it said that they credited extra calories calories when I exercised. I thought the whole point to losing weight was to exercise more and eat less. I'm curious to know too at what caloric point does the body think it's starving.:drinker:
  • AmylynnAmylynn Posts: 242Member Member Posts: 242Member Member
    Hi, my name is Amy. First of all, how are you burning that many calories per day. Is it just by walking, cuz I that is a whole lot of calories burned. Second of all, when you put in that you want to lose 2 lbs. per week (or 1 kg) that amount is already subtracted from your daily expected calories. So, if you eat what they expect you to eat (the 1200 calories), that is what you should eat after they already subtracted the 1,000 calories per day from your resting metabolic rate which is the amount of calories you would have to eat if you wanted to stay the weight that you already are. That's why they tell you to eat your exercise calories, because they have already subtracted 1,000 per day which would equal 7,000 less calories eaten per week which would equal a 2 lb. weight loss. I know this all sounds confusing right.:noway:

    I was just wondering, are you going by the HRM when it says you are burning 2,000 cals per day? I have read that if you are always walking that amount on a daily basis that your body gets conditioned to that amount of activity making it your normal daily activity. What this means is that because you always move like this on a daily basis, it may no longer be a viable form of exercise for your body, so you won't lose weight from just that alone. I walk all day long at work, and I managed to gain a lot of weight despite walking for almost 8 hours in a row every day. My body was so used to that, that now I had to actually do cardio & aerobics in addition to all the walking I do in order to lose weight. I hope this helps somehow.
  • ranhoundranhound Posts: 59Member Member Posts: 59Member Member
    So one DOES need to eat those exercise calories or can you forego them and lose even more weight?:huh:
  • marshall153marshall153 Posts: 149Member Member Posts: 149Member Member
    you have to eat those exercise calories or you risk going into starvation mode
  • imalioimalio Posts: 3Member Posts: 3Member
    Thanks so much Amy! :flowerforyou:
    So.... does that mean if my BMR is 2300 say, MFP would subtract 1000 so that I get a quota of 1300 calories to consume? And on top of that I have to eat any extra calories I burn? That wouldn't put me into starvation mode? What if one day I wasn't as active as I normally am and had to exercise a little to get that number on my HRM up to 2300?

    And my calrie expenditure is so high because I'm up and down 3 flights of stairs throughout my day as well as walking right across campus. I'm walking ALL day pretty much.
  • shoreridershorerider Posts: 3,936Member Member Posts: 3,936Member Member
    Ok--look--let me try to explain here.

    Your BMR isn't what you look at (I'm saying that a lot lately and don't understand why all of sudden so many people seem to be getting hooked onto BMR but I digress and don't mean to sound grouchy) BUT

    BMR is what your body requires on a daily basis to maintain your current weight IF you basically were in a coma and doing nothing but lying there breathing.

    MFP takes your BMR, and then calculates another number (some refer to as RMR) based upon your activity level--THAT IS THE NUMBER YOU NEED TO LOOK AT. That number is found on your "Goals" page.

    Imalio--if you're doing a lot of walking as part of your daily basis, you should NOT count them as exercise. You should instead increase your activity level so they are counted as part of your daily lifestyle calorie burn. Otherwise, you risk overeating.

    Ranhound--YES, eat your exercise calories or you risk going into starvation mode. MFP already builds in a caloric deficit for you into your daily calories allowance that will allow you to lose (x) amount of pounds per (x) amount of time based upon your activity level (daily); not eating your exercise calories would simply increase your calories deficit and risk damaging your body and putting you into starvation mode--which is BAD.

    Please, both of you, read the posts linked below! They answer all these questions and so very many more!



    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/6556-the-answers-to-the-questions

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/post/new/9614-newbies-please-read-me

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/10665-newbies-please-read-me-2nd-edition

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/6832-eating-all-of-your-calories-bmr

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/3047-700-calories-a-day-and-not-losing

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/8977-your-body-s-thoughts-on-calories

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/9433-expectations

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/10589-for-those-confused-or-questioning-eating-your-exercise-calo

    http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/777-why-is-starvation-mode-so-bad
  • ranhoundranhound Posts: 59Member Member Posts: 59Member Member
    Thanks for the links; great info! This is great news because some days I end up being very hungry; especially on the heavy work days. I will give it a try. Thanks to all who weighed in on this (no pun intended) and for imalio for the original question on which I tagged along.:smile:
  • Fitness_ChickFitness_Chick Posts: 6,726Member Member Posts: 6,726Member Member
    Bumpin this:yawn:
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