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Calorie intake for women in the 110-115 lb range


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Hi!

I've been using CC for about 2 years and have lost a total of 34 lbs.   I thought I had the maintenance thing down, maintaining at 117 for about 6 months without counting calories.. then over the holidays the weight started to creep back on and I found myself at 120 the beginning of this week.  I've decided I want to reach my final goal of 110-115.  My question is...

having not been at that low of a weight since high school, I have absolutely no idea how many calories I should be eating to get to and maintain the low 110s.  Anyone around that weight that can share how much they eat?  CC tells me to eat 1200 calories, and I would most definitely pass out during one of my yoga classes at that level. Currently I'm eating 1600-1900 (for me this feels like a diet-i got down about a lb this week), and over the holidays I was probably eating 2500+.  

Thanks!  Sorry if you've heard this question 1000000 times before.  I can't seem to get a consistent reading from online calculators.

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Hi, I seem to be maintaining at 115 on 1500 cal per day.  This is not supposed to be maintenance though!  I am 37 and 5ft exactly, but I do quite a lot of exercise and still cannot shift the weight. 

I am hoping that this is because I am becoming more toned, maybe I just cannot see the difference.

How old are you and how much exercise do you do?

Hey cookie, thanks for the response.   I'm 27 and 5'2. I run 3 days a week, ski 1-2 days, and do yoga, pilates or weight training classes 2 or 3 nights a week.  

That's my fear that I'll have to eat 1500 forever to maintain at 110-115!  How long have you been eating 1500?  It seems like you should be losing at that amount.. that's what has me confused too.

im in the 110-115 range and trying to lose on 1500. It's so slow. I don't even know if i really am losing. 

Haha both of you ladies just told me exactly what I didn't want to hear.  I was waiting for someone to say.. it gets easier, and magically you'll be able to eat 2200 calories and totally not gain weight! 

Does 1500 seem like a small amount of food or are you guys satisfied with this amount?  Could just be that I overdid it for a few months and messed up my perception of what a reasonable amount of food is.

I started on CC eating the recommended 1200 calories.  I did this all last summer, and exercising twice a day 5 days a week.  When the autumn came along I realised I could not keep that up as I wanted warm winter foods, I also realised I was not eating enough for all the exercise I was doing, so I upped to 1500. 

1500 really is a lot of food, especially if you make good choices.  The only problem is when I don't have control over what I am eating (weddings/birthdays etc) I go massively over my allotted calories. 

Unfortunately it means I rarely have enough calories for delicious desserts, a real shame as I have a really sweet tooth!

I am just trying to become leaner now (I have put on about 5 pounds since December with weight training).  I don't care what the scale says so long as my wobbly bits disappear one day!

Not to mention not enough extra calories for a beer or 2...  sigh. Good luck with your goals!  I'm going to buckle down and try 1500-1600 and see how that works.   And if I find the magical secret to eating 2000+ I will let you know!!  :)

Original Post by andi8983:

   And if I find the magical secret to eating 2000+ I will let you know!!  :)

Lift heavy weights and build muscle.  The more muscle you have, the more calories you need to maintain it.

I think it's different when you're trying to lose weight. I'm 5'2" and 116 pounds and trying to lose weight on 1500 cals with 40 mins of exercise 6 days a week. Now I can maintain on 1800-2000 if I'm doing this same exercise, or even just maintaining with 3 days of weights and cardio, so as along as I am pretty active I don't have to eat 1500 to maintain. You won't have to eat 1500 forever! That's a "trying to lose weight" number. No worries! And everyone's different. If you have a faster metabolism or more muscle, or are in your twenties, you should be able to maintain on 2000-2200.

 

sokkies

Original Post by sulfyr:

Original Post by andi8983:

   And if I find the magical secret to eating 2000+ I will let you know!!  :)

Lift heavy weights and build muscle.  The more muscle you have, the more calories you need to maintain it.

But heavy weights are so...heavy. And require so much effort to lift. :)  I know you're right.

 

Thanks sokkies that's actually exactly where I was going with this, and hoping was true!

Guess I gotta get muscley-er if I want beer and mint chocolate chip ice cream.

0Original Post by sokkies:

I think it's different when you're trying to lose weight. I'm 5'2" and 116 pounds and trying to lose weight on 1500 cals with 40 mins of exercise 6 days a week. Now I can maintain on 1800-2000 if I'm doing this same exercise, or even just maintaining with 3 days of weights and cardio, so as along as I am pretty active I don't have to eat 1500 to maintain. You won't have to eat 1500 forever! That's a "trying to lose weight" number. No worries! And everyone's different. If you have a faster metabolism or more muscle, or are in your twenties, you should be able to maintain on 2000-2200.

 

sokkies


I assume you're trying to lose 5 or so pounds. How quickly is the weight coming off? I usually do 75-90 minutes of activity a day and eat 1500 to lose and i generally calculate a deficit that would yield a pound to 1.5 pounds of weight  loss yet losing even half a pound is proving difficult. 

 

when i was 15 pounds lighter (my ideal weight) i could maintain on 1900 to 2100 calories. as soon as i get to goal i will try 1650 first with one hour max of exercise...then slowly move upwards every few weeks until i get to 1800. i would think that 1700 to 1800 would be the minimum maintenance intake that id accept. 1500 calories can get you satisfied if youre careful but with treats its a bit difficult to meet that every day.

Original Post by chrissy1988:

I assume you're trying to lose 5 or so pounds. How quickly is the weight coming off? I usually do 75-90 minutes of activity a day and eat 1500 to lose and i generally calculate a deficit that would yield a pound to 1.5 pounds of weight  loss yet losing even half a pound is proving difficult. 

 

when i was 15 pounds lighter (my ideal weight) i could maintain on 1900 to 2100 calories. as soon as i get to goal i will try 1650 first with one hour max of exercise...then slowly move upwards every few weeks until i get to 1800. i would think that 1700 to 1800 would be the minimum maintenance intake that id accept. 1500 calories can get you satisfied if youre careful but with treats its a bit difficult to meet that every day.

Yes, I'm working on the last 5 pounds. It is very tricky to lose any weight right now. And yes, it's easy to eat 1500 if you don't want any treats ever, hehe. Completely agree. I'm pretty satisfied on 1800-2000 calories, and that includes treats, so I'm happy about maintaining, it's just the losing that is very hard right now. I'm working on incorporating more intense exercise like more boot camp dvds and am thinking about buying heavier weights and working out longer. You do 75-90 mins? That's dedication. I thought 40 mins was good. It sure is slow going but the trend is downward, so...

sokkies

@sokkies: my 75-90 minutes is low intensity. I don't run or do much jumping or things that would hurt my joints. so, the calorie burn is only 400-600 i'd say. 

Only 400-600! Give yourself some credit. That is a Lot! I estimate my workouts at about 200-300 cals and I do lots of jumping around. Do you break it up into two sessions? or what is it that you do for that long without getting bored? I'm curious now! :)

sokkies

i usually break it up into sessions. its not all cardio. i do at least 25 to 30 minutes abs/strength and then 45 to 60 minutes low intensity cardio. so its not really that much. i just dont have any other options i guess...the 1500 is as low as i want to go and im just not losing...i dont burn enough.  i estimate that i burn at least 1860 or so...so 350 calorie to as much as 700 calorie deficit on really active days. if i averaged it though i have a deficit of at least 500 each day, i just dont lose very quickly 

I hear you. I don't want to go lower than 1500 either. I tried 1200 for a while and managed to actually maintain on that! Which is ridiculous because I can also maintain on 1800. But on 1200 I was miserable hungry and tired and constantly craving treats. Meh. So it didn't work anyway. At least I Feel good at 1500 with exercise. Eventually it will work right? Just gotta keep going.

sokkies

sokkies...i just assume that it takes time to see the missing pounds...swelling, inflammation, bloat, and water weight can distort the scale so after a couple months i figure i will be down at least 5 pounds...i have 5 months until my wedding so i figure...thats 12 pounds at least....which will put me at the high end of my weight range.

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