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Can you lose weight on goal weight calories?

IsabeausRoseIsabeausRose Member Posts: 129 Member Member Posts: 129 Member
I heard that sometimes people just eat at the calorie level they would eat at if they were already at their goal weight to get used to it and not feel deprived. Can you still lose weight that way? Honestly I just don’t like feeling so hungry.

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  • deannalfisherdeannalfisher Member, Premium Posts: 5,601 Member Member, Premium Posts: 5,601 Member
    you could recomp (lose fat/gain muscle) - but eating at maintenance and lifting heavy *kitten* :)

    you would likely maintain or lose very minimally if you ate at maintenance; maybe reconsider your rate of lose and adjust it
  • NextRightThing714NextRightThing714 Member, Premium Posts: 350 Member Member, Premium Posts: 350 Member
    Yes, this will work. The rate of loss will depend on how far away you are from goal.
  • jjpptt2jjpptt2 Member Posts: 5,448 Member Member Posts: 5,448 Member
    I heard that sometimes people just eat at the calorie level they would eat at if they were already at their goal weight to get used to it and not feel deprived. Can you still lose weight that way? Honestly I just don’t like feeling so hungry.

    Mathematically, yes you can.

    Realistically, I think there needs to be a reasonable difference between current weight and goal weight. If that difference is too small, then the calorie deficit that MFP (or whatever site) would estimate for you wouldn't be meaningfully different (i.e. low enough) to incite weight loss.
  • IsabeausRoseIsabeausRose Member Posts: 129 Member Member Posts: 129 Member
    Yes, this will work. The rate of loss will depend on how far away you are from goal.
    10 pounds I have it set to 0.5 pounds a week right now and this would be 200 calories higher

  • serindipteserindipte Member Posts: 1,557 Member Member Posts: 1,557 Member
    It's working for me.

    ETA: I'm a lot further from my GW.
    edited May 2018
  • lynn_glenmontlynn_glenmont Member Posts: 9,192 Member Member Posts: 9,192 Member
    Yes, this will work. The rate of loss will depend on how far away you are from goal.
    10 pounds I have it set to 0.5 pounds a week right now and this would be 200 calories higher

    So that would be a 50 calorie daily deficit. Assuming your measuring and logging were accurate enough to actually ensure you had a 50 calorie daily deficit, it would take you 70 days (more than two months) to lose a pound, in theory. If you have the patience and the faith in the process to stick with that, go for it.

    You might also want to reconsider whether the foods you eat are satiating for you. For most people, a half-pound a week deficit (250 cal/day) does not leave them "so hungry" if they are choosing satiating foods.
  • IsabeausRoseIsabeausRose Member Posts: 129 Member Member Posts: 129 Member
    Yes, this will work. The rate of loss will depend on how far away you are from goal.
    10 pounds I have it set to 0.5 pounds a week right now and this would be 200 calories higher

    So that would be a 50 calorie daily deficit. Assuming your measuring and logging were accurate enough to actually ensure you had a 50 calorie daily deficit, it would take you 70 days (more than two months) to lose a pound, in theory. If you have the patience and the faith in the process to stick with that, go for it.

    You might also want to reconsider whether the foods you eat are satiating for you. For most people, a half-pound a week deficit (250 cal/day) does not leave them "so hungry" if they are choosing satiating foods.
    Well I was going by my Fitbit calculations yesterday and I think it completely overestimated my calorie burn. So I disconnected it from mfp and just set myself to lightly active which for the same 10,000 steps gave me 200 calories on mfp instead of the 700 that Fitbit gave me which is why I think I haven’t been losing any weight on my 250 deficit. I was eating 2,250 calories and wanted to bump it down to maintenance of 1975.

  • MelanieCN77MelanieCN77 Member, Premium Posts: 4,051 Member Member, Premium Posts: 4,051 Member
    @lynn_glenmont 's math would make that a no for me. After I was at goal weight for a while I decided I wanted to come down another 5lbs but didn't fancy losing many calories either. I kept MFP set to my maintenance calories but tried to come in under 1 or 200 any day I could manage. Something about that mentally worked way better for me than trying to hit one low number, and I didn't have to do the dance around "well I'm over but still at maintenance" with the numbers. It worked for me but telling myself I wasn't in a mad hurry, I think it still took only 8-10 weeks to get the 5lbs off, which isn't bad at all.
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