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Carry over calories?


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About four days ago I was at a wedding and ate over my usual 1200 calorie limit.  I intended on carrying them over, so the next day I would eat less, therefore balancing out the diet.  Mine concern is though that if I go a few days under eating 1200 that my body will return back into starvation mode.  So, my question is whether or not its good to carry over calories.  

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 In my experience this eating less has never worked for me. This "carry over" in my opinion is a poor tactic; just eat normally I would say. What's done is done - you can't go back. It will take your body a few days to adjust though.

fyi: 1200 calories seems _really_ low to me unless your a 4 foot 10, 87 year old lady. are you on a medically supervised food program? My fear is your body is already in STARVATION MODE!

I have seen 1800 for men, and 1600 for women as being the lowest recommended number in many places. Personally I have been taught; eat more, but burn it off (I do lots of cardio and training). The people I deal with suggest eating 3 meals and 2 snacks, if not 3 snacks. I can't imagine consuming so little food:-(

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Chef Gregory

 

Unless you are very short and all you do all day is lie prone in bed, 1200 is probably too low. And you should never eat below 1200kcals on any given day

Zig zaging calories / deficits  is a method often used successfully by people here, and you can find threads on it by searching the weight loss forums.  However, I would first strongly advise you to calculate your daily calorie needs by inputing your age and stats into CC, and from there work out a healthy daily deficit.

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Original Post by rabes87:

About four days ago I was at a wedding and ate over my usual 1200 calorie limit.  I intended on carrying them over, so the next day I would eat less, therefore balancing out the diet.  Mine concern is though that if I go a few days under eating 1200 that my body will return back into starvation mode.  So, my question is whether or not its good to carry over calories.  

Back into starvation mode?  Does this mean that you were once in starvation mode? (Actually, conservation mode is the more apropriate term).

I agree with the others.  1200 calories might not be enough for you unless you are already small.  What is your weight loss goal?  Usually one day of overeating won't hurt your weight loss efforts.  But it's not normally advised to cut calories the next day because it can sometimes lead to being overly hungry, which can lead to bingeing.

 

The best thing to do would be to work off the extra calories.

As of now I have been eating roughly 1200-1400 calories a day for maintenance.  Unfortunately I can't do any exercise to burn off the extra calories due to health related issues.  

As for binging - I can control that  I used to be anorexic (about five yrs ago) so that doesn't really phase me. 

As of now I have been eating roughly 1200-1400 calories a day for maintenance.  Unfortunately I can't do any exercise to burn off the extra calories due to health related issues.  

As for binging - I can control that  I used to be anorexic (about five yrs ago) so that doesn't really phase me. 

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