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  • DragonHasTheSapphireDragonHasTheSapphire Member Posts: 184 Member Member Posts: 184 Member
    I usually have 550-700 calories for breakfast, I load up on carbs because I do my workouts in the morning.
  • rose2_0rose2_0 Member Posts: 152 Member Member Posts: 152 Member
    I have a much easier time losing and maintaining if I fast until 11 or 12 (I get up at 5 or 6am). My coffee has about 100 calories in it. I'd be really disappointed in the evening if I didn't have those 400 calories to play with.
  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    rose2_0 wrote: »
    I have a much easier time losing and maintaining if I fast until 11 or 12 (I get up at 5 or 6am). My coffee has about 100 calories in it. I'd be really disappointed in the evening if I didn't have those 400 calories to play with.

    Yes, I'm now sad that I wasted so many calories on breakfast!
  • kshama2001kshama2001 Member Posts: 25,147 Member Member Posts: 25,147 Member
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/
  • Panini911Panini911 Member Posts: 2,325 Member Member Posts: 2,325 Member
    280 - steel cut oats, raspberries and milk for my coffee.
    I do have a snack mid-morning as it's a long way to lunch and I work out. Usually a cheese string. or something along those lines.

    Current total daily cals for loss: 1300
  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.
  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    Just to clarify, I have 1400 on average bc I eat back what I exercise.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 25,883 Member Member Posts: 25,883 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    How do you determine that you've only lost water weight?
  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    How do you determine that you've only lost water weight?

    It's just a hunch bc I haven't been able to break 140. Only had a 5 lb loss. Which I'm guessing is just water weight.
  • jmr5681jmr5681 Member Posts: 24 Member Member Posts: 24 Member
    Around 360 cals, 24 g protein.
  • FL_HikerFL_Hiker Member Posts: 919 Member Member Posts: 919 Member
    I usually eat around 350 calories on a normal day, cookies and milk. After a weekend if we have leftover breakfast it's biscuits and chocolate gravy, around 280 calories. I won't say no to ice cream for breakfast, or leftover dinner either.
  • janejellyrolljanejellyroll Member Posts: 25,883 Member Member Posts: 25,883 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    How do you determine that you've only lost water weight?

    It's just a hunch bc I haven't been able to break 140. Only had a 5 lb loss. Which I'm guessing is just water weight.

    How long have you been at it? 1,400 should be enough for most women to lose weight. If your timeline expectations are realistic, it may be that you're eating more than you think you are.
  • bpotts44bpotts44 Member Posts: 1,066 Member Member Posts: 1,066 Member
  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    How do you determine that you've only lost water weight?

    It's just a hunch bc I haven't been able to break 140. Only had a 5 lb loss. Which I'm guessing is just water weight.

    How long have you been at it? 1,400 should be enough for most women to lose weight. If your timeline expectations are realistic, it may be that you're eating more than you think you are.

    About 2-3 weeks. Not that long really, I know. >.<
  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Member, Premium Posts: 21,960 Member Member, Premium Posts: 21,960 Member
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    It may matter what you eat, for staying full/satiated. If whatever you ate this morning didn't stick with you, try something different.

    Different foods satiate different people. For some, it's protein, for some it's high fiber/volume, for others it's fats. Some people get crave-y if they eat carbs, while others can't feel full without eating complex carbs.

    Experiment to find out what works for you.

    P.S. at 5'7", with only a few pounds to lose, you shouldn't be trying to lose 2 pounds a week, or even close. A pound a week, max, unless you enjoy taking health risks. Eat at least what MFP suggests for a 1 pound a week loss rate, plus at least half your exercise calories.

    Even 0.5 pounds a week would be reasonable, if it's more achievable. A slow loss rate you can actually achieve will result in faster weight loss than a theoretically fast loss rate that you can't actually stick with consistently.
  • amusedmonkeyamusedmonkey Member Posts: 10,297 Member Member Posts: 10,297 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    How do you determine that you've only lost water weight?

    It's just a hunch bc I haven't been able to break 140. Only had a 5 lb loss. Which I'm guessing is just water weight.

    How long have you been at it? 1,400 should be enough for most women to lose weight. If your timeline expectations are realistic, it may be that you're eating more than you think you are.

    About 2-3 weeks. Not that long really, I know. >.<

    at 5'7 and 140, you should expect your weight loss to be very slow. You're already at a normal weight and probably working on the last 10 pounds I suspect? It can take up to 2 months to see clear results through natural fluctuations, more so for normal weight women. In fact, you should be worried if you find yourself consistently losing fast enough to notice a significant weight change every week.
  • sardelsasardelsa Member Posts: 9,833 Member Member Posts: 9,833 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    I would say for your stats (which are similar to mine) 1400 is close to your BMR. Now unless you are sedentary or don't exercise at all, it should be more in order to lose. If I ate that I would lose 2lbs per week or more. How are you tracking your intake?
  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    sardelsa wrote: »
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    I would say for your stats (which are similar to mine) 1400 is close to your BMR. Now unless you are sedentary or don't exercise at all, it should be more in order to lose. If I ate that I would lose 2lbs per week or more. How are you tracking your intake?

    I'm using MFP to track my calories. Usually just scan the item. I haven't gotten to the point of weighing food yet. And if I'm not sure on the calories I round up.
  • gia_incognitogia_incognito Member Posts: 103 Member Member Posts: 103 Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    Ok so this morning I had about 500 cals for breakfast and was still starving and had to have a snack at 11am. Now I just have fewer calories I can have in the evening, sadness. I think I'm going to go back to 200 cals for breakfast and save up for the afternoon/evening.

    Or, you could chose a less aggressive rate of loss that would allow you to have more calories. Unless you are very very short and practically bedridden, 1200 calories is lower than you need to go.

    https://www.aworkoutroutine.com/1200-calorie-diet/

    Thanks for the link! So what do you think is a good calorie limit for a 5'7" female?

    I've been sticking to about 1400 on average and haven't really lost much but water weight.

    How do you determine that you've only lost water weight?

    It's just a hunch bc I haven't been able to break 140. Only had a 5 lb loss. Which I'm guessing is just water weight.

    How long have you been at it? 1,400 should be enough for most women to lose weight. If your timeline expectations are realistic, it may be that you're eating more than you think you are.

    About 2-3 weeks. Not that long really, I know. >.<

    at 5'7 and 140, you should expect your weight loss to be very slow. You're already at a normal weight and probably working on the last 10 pounds I suspect? It can take up to 2 months to see clear results through natural fluctuations, more so for normal weight women. In fact, you should be worried if you find yourself consistently losing fast enough to notice a significant weight change every week.

    Yup, the last 10 pounds basically. Seems to be taking forever. I think I will go up a little in calories tho and see if that doesn't help.
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