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  • wunderkindkingwunderkindking Member Posts: 491 Member Member Posts: 491 Member
    The OP hasn't told us how old she is and that makes a big difference. I'm an older female (61). When I enter my stats into mfp, indicate that I am sedentary, and that I want to lose 1 pound per week, I am given 1200 calories. That's it. No more.

    I choose, however, to "move" every day and eat half my calories back. Guess how much I've been consistently losing? 1 pound per week. (I only eat half my calories back because I know that often burns are over rated, plus it gives me some room for error when weighing and measuring my food).

    And my base maintenance calories are only 1500. Still not a lot to work with.

    Yeah, but at that point it's MFP telling you that you're trying to loose too fast and to knock it back some. A pound a week is a lot if you're not actively obese. That's where it bottoms out. To meet that goal you probably would have to eat LESS and it won't let you.
    edited April 7
  • springlering62springlering62 Member, Premium Posts: 2,937 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,937 Member
    You have to do what works for you you. It may take a while to find the balance. It takes patience, perseverance, studying your own data, challenging phony diet “rules”.

    I’m 58, female, 5’7” and active.

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  • goal06082021goal06082021 Member Posts: 939 Member Member Posts: 939 Member
    rosson wrote: »
    I am quite obese and she probably means well but she's one of those doctors. By that I mean if I go to the doctor for anything she says...well if you weren't overweight. We'll definitely have to discuss the calories. I'm not sure 1200 is enough. I've been doing WW and that's kinda worked when I use it properly.

    Okay, yeah, you have a crappy doctor, find a new one. This has been my experience with PCPs as well - no matter what my actual complaint was, every visit I was just told to lose weight, end of story. I've only ever had specialists give a damn about whatever I needed to see them for.
  • springlering62springlering62 Member, Premium Posts: 2,937 Member Member, Premium Posts: 2,937 Member
    Lol. For me it’s not anxiety, it’s just stuff goes in one ear and out the other. I don’t know if it’s age or no longer giving a *kitten*, but I sincerely can’t remember what people tell me as soon as they’ve said it.
  • westrich20940westrich20940 Member Posts: 140 Member Member Posts: 140 Member
    rosson wrote: »
    I went to a doctors appointment this morning and was told to go on a 1200 calorie diet. She said women shouldn't consume more than that. How many calories do you eat? That seems low to me.

    Without any additional info - I'd say find another doctor. If someone is telling you 'women shouldn't eat more than 1200 calories per day' they have no clue what they are talking about
    did she really mean eat that much to be at a deficit to lose weight? Is there a medical reason for you to be on such a restrictive diet?

    I am 34, 5'3", weigh between 115-120 (but usually around 116-118)....and eat 1600 on a day that I do no exercise. Easily 2,000+ if I go for a 5 mile run. And I'm sure I could probably be eating ~1700 and still not gain weight.
    edited April 8
  • dvmmcw8020dvmmcw8020 Member, Premium Posts: 90 Member Member, Premium Posts: 90 Member
    1200 calories is starvation. Who could ever maintain that?
  • nooshi713nooshi713 Member Posts: 4,428 Member Member Posts: 4,428 Member
    dvmmcw8020 wrote: »
    1200 calories is starvation. Who could ever maintain that?

    My maintenance calories are around 1450 and I still have quite a bit to lose. That’s with about 7000 steps a day. I imagine when im older or lighter, my maintenance will be even less.
    edited April 10
  • freda78freda78 Member Posts: 315 Member Member Posts: 315 Member
    dvmmcw8020 wrote: »
    1200 calories is starvation. Who could ever maintain that?

    No it isn't. It is the minimum women are recommend to consume so as to maintain health, assuming also a balanced diet.

    So please, do not make up your own 'facts'.
    edited April 10
  • ReenieHJReenieHJ Member Posts: 6,756 Member Member Posts: 6,756 Member
    dvmmcw8020 wrote: »
    1200 calories is starvation. Who could ever maintain that?

    I admit that some days it *feels* like it when I'm eating all the right foods but am craving all the wrong ones. :) But technically and literally, no it's not starving.
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