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Hello all! I am trying to get started and do this the right way. I am 5 foot 1, 26 years old, and 130 lbs with a goal of 112-115 lbs. According to MFP I should be eating 1200 to lose whether I'm active or not but According to bmi-calculator.com I should be eating 1662 on days I'm not active and 2389 if I am very active, and on fat 2 fit radio 1584 on days I'm not active and 2277 on days I'm very active. I currently do not exercise but am starting that today with a mix of Jillian Micheals dvd's, yoga, just dance, walking, and a monthly challenge that does arms, abs, and legs. So, can ANYONE give me some guidance?!?!?! I really want to succeed with this and just need a hand to go in the right direction. Thanks!

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  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,389 MFP Moderator
    MFP is pre exercise calories so you should eat them back. Also, I bet you chose a high per week weight loss option like 2lbs a week, which is why MFP gave you 1200 calories. Based on your routine, i would suggest eating 1600 calories daily, macro's around 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fats and do not eat back exercise calories (this is the TDEE method). Also, make sure you have a food scale to ensure accuracy and lower the chance of plateau due to measuring wrong.
  • Greenrun99
    Greenrun99 Posts: 2,065 Member
    MFP gives you 1200 calories almost automatically if you put 2 lbs a week weight loss... even though we all want to lose the weight quickly.. this is pretty unrealistic and I don't know why MFP does this (well I do actually) but its the wrong way of doing things.

    If you follow MFP plan, you need to eat back an estimated number of calories, all of the things you listed have different calorie ranges you can burn so it would be up to you to try some different ranges besides the estimates (which are usually wrong)

    If you use one of the calculators you would eat that amount it tells you and tweak it on results as they are just calculators and not exact.

    Read this as well. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/974888-in-place-of-a-road-map-2k13
  • rwhite610
    rwhite610 Posts: 29 Member
    I'm going to buy a food scale tonight for my meats, but stick to measuring out everything else I eat in the serving sizes recommended. I put in that I would like to lose 1.5 lb per week and it gave me 1200 and the same thing when I said 1 lb a week. I wear a fitbit and that automatically updates with whatever walking and stairs I do throughout the day. How do I enter this information manually? and thank you!
  • rwhite610
    rwhite610 Posts: 29 Member
    MFP gives you 1200 calories almost automatically if you put 2 lbs a week weight loss... even though we all want to lose the weight quickly.. this is pretty unrealistic and I don't know why MFP does this (well I do actually) but its the wrong way of doing things.

    If you follow MFP plan, you need to eat back an estimated number of calories, all of the things you listed have different calorie ranges you can burn so it would be up to you to try some different ranges besides the estimates (which are usually wrong)

    If you use one of the calculators you would eat that amount it tells you and tweak it on results as they are just calculators and not exact.

    Read this as well. http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/974888-in-place-of-a-road-map-2k13

    THANK YOU!!! Awesome information and what I was looking for!
  • MissMormie
    MissMormie Posts: 359 Member
    Hello all! I am trying to get started and do this the right way. I am 5 foot 1, 26 years old, and 130 lbs with a goal of 112-115 lbs. According to MFP I should be eating 1200 to lose whether I'm active or not but According to bmi-calculator.com I should be eating 1662 on days I'm not active and 2389 if I am very active, and on fat 2 fit radio 1584 on days I'm not active and 2277 on days I'm very active. I currently do not exercise but am starting that today with a mix of Jillian Micheals dvd's, yoga, just dance, walking, and a monthly challenge that does arms, abs, and legs. So, can ANYONE give me some guidance?!?!?! I really want to succeed with this and just need a hand to go in the right direction. Thanks!

    Wow, your diving straight in and changing your entire life around. May I suggest a different approach?

    You are currently already at a healthy weight. But of course having a healthy weight isn't the same as having a great body, so I'm guessing that's your goal (rather than losing weight to become healthy). The 112-115 you're aiming for is also fine for your length so nothing wrong there.

    People only have a limited amount of willpower so if you want to change both diet and exercise in a big way at the same time it's quite likely that you'll not be able to keep it up for a long time. What is sustainable however is building new habits, 1 or 2 at a time. In your case I would actually go adding in some exercise first. It's very possible just that change will help you lose some weight. And with exercise I mean mostly lifting, which is great because it doesn't cost you a lot of time. (30 min 3* per week) Lifting also helps because it increases your metabolism for a long time and it gets you stronger (but not bulky, unless you want to spend the next 4 years taking steroids) and improves your shape. You'll get better posture, a rounder butt, you can even lift your boobs a bit by increasing the chest muscles underneath.

    You could look for the "New rules of lifting for women", the e-book can be found online for free or look at: http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/12/09/beginner-body-weight-workout-burn-fat-build-muscle/

    Then after you've done this for about a month you can look further into your eating. Do you already notice that your body is changing? Then you might not need to change anything. Otherwise adjust accordingly. Especially if you've been logging your normal intake during the previous month it'll be easy to see how much you can eat.
  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,389 MFP Moderator
    I'm going to buy a food scale tonight for my meats, but stick to measuring out everything else I eat in the serving sizes recommended. I put in that I would like to lose 1.5 lb per week and it gave me 1200 and the same thing when I said 1 lb a week. I wear a fitbit and that automatically updates with whatever walking and stairs I do throughout the day. How do I enter this information manually? and thank you!

    Home <-- goals <--- change goals <-- custom. But if your fitbit is synced, I don't know how it affects it.
  • rwhite610
    rwhite610 Posts: 29 Member
    I've already been working on my eating habits however I definitely have my days that I've lapsed. I agree 130 isn't a bad weight however on my little frame and 2 kids later, it shows a lot more than it would on someone else. I had gotten down to 118 back at the beginning of the year and while everything moved and changed, it still wasn't toned and fit and that's what I'm going for. Honestly for me, jumping into both seems to work best for me since I already know I can't do a round of insanity then order a pizza. It just makes sense for me to stat buying and making healthier foods and adding actual workouts in at least 4-5 times a week when my kids are taking a nap. There's no excuses for not doing it before now so I don't want to start using them again lol My husband just bought a weight set and has promised to start helping me with that so I will definitely add that in, thank you for your suggestions and I will check out the site :)
  • Siansonea
    Siansonea Posts: 917 Member
    All that matters, if you want to lose weight, is calories.

    Make you sure you know how many calories you are REALLY burning through exercise and such.

    Make you sure you log everything you eat or drink that has ANY calories. And by any, I mean more than zero. Log it all.

    Make sure you eat about 20% fewer calories than you expend each day. If you do NOTHING ELSE, that will make you lose weight. All the sweating and food selection is just for overall fitness and health, but calories is what will lose the weight.
  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,389 MFP Moderator
    I would consider doing a programmed around weight training or resistance training. This helps preserve lean body mass - in conjunction with adequate protein - and will give you better composition. This is why you probably were not as tone as you wanted to be.
  • rwhite610
    rwhite610 Posts: 29 Member
    I would consider doing a programmed around weight training or resistance training. This helps preserve lean body mass - in conjunction with adequate protein - and will give you better composition. This is why you probably were not as tone as you wanted to be.

    Any suggestions of a good program to do?
  • psuLemon
    psuLemon Posts: 38,389 MFP Moderator
    I would consider doing a programmed around weight training or resistance training. This helps preserve lean body mass - in conjunction with adequate protein - and will give you better composition. This is why you probably were not as tone as you wanted to be.

    Any suggestions of a good program to do?

    At home I like chalean extreme , body beast (my fav) and the pond series is good. You can also find good routines on bodybuilding.com and even find some on fitnessblender.com or youtube, like extreme 90.