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1,800 calories for 17 year old boy.


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Hi, guys. I've been on a lot of weight-based sites and communities and have been getting a lot of mixed answers to my calorie intake. I'll start off by saying that I used to be 172 pounds, hated how I looked, started counting every calorie that entered my body (limiting to 1,800 calories or less) and dropped down to 135 pounds, which is my current weight.

 

I must admit to you guys, that I have developed a bit of a disorder. I obsess over every calorie, mark down everything, measure everything, check the scale too, too often, and still manage to not see this skinny person that everyone else sees. I don't know, I'm just curious to if 1,800 calories is like... too less for me? I'm 17, 5'9, and am now 135 pounds.

 

And to be honest, I'm afraid to eat any more than 1,800, although I get incredibly hungry and just drink water to curb it. It's like I can't stop eating the amount that made me lose so much weight in the first place. 

 

Honest thoughts, opinions, and facts will be appreciated.

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1. Most calorie tools are inaccurate for teens - so whatever you're getting add about 500 to it. Your stats at sedentary should be somewhere around 2400. And it's unlikely you are sedentary.

2. You are a teen - your body is trying to grow and develop and your eating too little is sabotaging it.

3. You're hungry all the time because your body is trying to tell you to feed it - listen. Eating more healthy food is not like eating more junk food.

4. You eat a deficit to lose weight.  Once you are at maintenance you are SUPPOSED to eat more. You are at a healthy BMI is on the low end of healthy - you have a lot of room toward the upper end. For perspective your starting BMI was only slightly too high.

5. Your body needs fuel.  Food is never the enemy just our own habits that surround it.  Right now your obsession with food is threatening to take over. If you need help - ask for it.

6. Health isn't just about a number on a scale or a certain amount of calories.  Are you getting adequate nutrients? Are you fit? How do you feel? Cause frankly, you sound miserable.

Starting maintenance is difficult. You have lost 37 lbs (congrats, by the way) and now you need to stabilize your weight. Its frightening, I know. You are underweight for your height and age, but I think right now the most important part is becoming comfortable with eating for your body (as opposed to dieting for your body). The most successful "diets" are actually lifestyle changes that you can live with. Right now, you are consuming far too few calories for a 17 year old (or for most people in maintenance mode).

Add a healthy snack as a small way to get comfortable with bringing more calories in. When that becomes mentally ok (and not something that worries you), start rounding out your meals by adding more calories. Eating more in a smart manner is doing your body a favor. I am not talking about eating chips and cookies (though an occasional bag of chips or a cookie is not going to hurt you). Just add healthy calories. Your energy and mood will improve. It takes a little adjustment to go from dieting to maintenance, but maintenance is the end goal and you are there- enjoy it.

Original Post by chickey_soup:

1. Most calorie tools are inaccurate for teens - so whatever you're getting add about 500 to it. Your stats at sedentary should be somewhere around 2400. And it's unlikely you are sedentary.

2. You are a teen - your body is trying to grow and develop and your eating too little is sabotaging it.

3. You're hungry all the time because your body is trying to tell you to feed it - listen. Eating more healthy food is not like eating more junk food.

4. You eat a deficit to lose weight.  Once you are at maintenance you are SUPPOSED to eat more. You are at a healthy BMI is on the low end of healthy - you have a lot of room toward the upper end. For perspective your starting BMI was only slightly too high.

5. Your body needs fuel.  Food is never the enemy just our own habits that surround it.  Right now your obsession with food is threatening to take over. If you need help - ask for it.

6. Health isn't just about a number on a scale or a certain amount of calories.  Are you getting adequate nutrients? Are you fit? How do you feel? Cause frankly, you sound miserable.

To be honest, I'm not incredibly active except for when I'm down in the basement recording vocals for hours and hours (I'm a musician.) And I can't lie, I'm kind of miserable\sad about my situation. Because I feel hungry most of the time but, something doesn't let me eat anymore than I do.  Thank you so much, though...

Original Post by eva_d:

Starting maintenance is difficult. You have lost 37 lbs (congrats, by the way) and now you need to stabilize your weight. Its frightening, I know. You are underweight for your height and age, but I think right now the most important part is becoming comfortable with eating for your body (as opposed to dieting for your body). The most successful "diets" are actually lifestyle changes that you can live with. Right now, you are consuming far too few calories for a 17 year old (or for most people in maintenance mode).

Add a healthy snack as a small way to get comfortable with bringing more calories in. When that becomes mentally ok (and not something that worries you), start rounding out your meals by adding more calories. Eating more in a smart manner is doing your body a favor. I am not talking about eating chips and cookies (though an occasional bag of chips or a cookie is not going to hurt you). Just add healthy calories. Your energy and mood will improve. It takes a little adjustment to go from dieting to maintenance, but maintenance is the end goal and you are there- enjoy it.

Thank you, also. I'm going to try and try, as hard as it is and seems. I appreciate everyone's feedback.

Ah but being sedentary doesn't necessarily mean what you think it means.  It really truly means sitting on your butt all day.

Do you do chores? Walk to school? Walk to classes? Fool around with your friends in the hallway? Play video games? Making music certainly counts.

I think you need to talk to someone - guidance counselor? PE teacher? Mom and Dad? Body image issues aren't really about food or weight and they don't just affect girls.

It can be hard to believe you need more calories - you likely aren't losing much weight at this point if any, so why eat more? Well what happens is your body gets to a certain point and it thinks it's facing starvation. So it starts prioritizing the food it does get to the most important things like surviving and everything else goes on the back burner so to speak. And if you keep it up your body will start using your muscle for food. Did you know you can't really build muscle when you're eating a deficit?

I'm pretty new to this whole calorie counting thing so I'm by no means an expert, but I have just taken nutrition in nursing school and 1800 calories for a teenage boy is WAY too low. You are still growing and your body needs proper energy intake to do that.

Using this calculator - http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/healthyeatingcalculat or/eatingCal.html -- you will see that the minimum you should be eating to maintain is 2250 -- and that's when you ain't doing nothing but playing video games all day...

You're hungry because you're HUNGRY -- feed your body.  I realize that letting go is way easier said than done in your situation, but the longer you under-feed your body, the worse it will get.

A male does not stop growing on the OUTSIDE (height) until about 21 -- on the inside, bones and organs continue to develop until about 23, and if you have any hope of ever having "real" muscles you need to learn to eat now.

I think it's great that you saw a developing trend to the bad and took steps to change that by losing some weight, but you went a tad too far, and now it's time to hammer back on some of that obsessive control.

I honestly had no clue that me losing some weight would end being this way. This lifestyle change literally turned into lifestyle "control." It's hard to beat. But, thank you everyone.  The fact that you guys even cared to post means a lot to me.

Original Post by seizureshake:

Hi, guys. I've been on a lot of weight-based sites and communities and have been getting a lot of mixed answers to my calorie intake. I'll start off by saying that I used to be 172 pounds, hated how I looked, started counting every calorie that entered my body (limiting to 1,800 calories or less) and dropped down to 135 pounds, which is my current weight.

 

I must admit to you guys, that I have developed a bit of a disorder. I obsess over every calorie, mark down everything, measure everything, check the scale too, too often, and still manage to not see this skinny person that everyone else sees. I don't know, I'm just curious to if 1,800 calories is like... too less for me? I'm 17, 5'9, and am now 135 pounds.

 

And to be honest, I'm afraid to eat any more than 1,800, although I get incredibly hungry and just drink water to curb it. It's like I can't stop eating the amount that made me lose so much weight in the first place. 

 

Honest thoughts, opinions, and facts will be appreciated.


Honestly, at your height, you should weigh more, babes. It's not good to get too thin, and from a woman's standpoint..bony guys aren't as hot = )

If 1800 keeps you at 135ish, why not try just a little more at a time so you don't freak yourself out? Maybe, say..2100 calories a day for a week or two and see how you feel. If you've gained a couple of pounds, good!

5'9 and around 150 sounds more like it, and if you're working out, muscle is awesome.

Nothing fat about that, promise.

 

Original Post by seizureshake:

Hi, guys. I've been on a lot of weight-based sites and communities and have been getting a lot of mixed answers to my calorie intake. I'll start off by saying that I used to be 172 pounds, hated how I looked, started counting every calorie that entered my body (limiting to 1,800 calories or less) and dropped down to 135 pounds, which is my current weight.

 

I must admit to you guys, that I have developed a bit of a disorder. I obsess over every calorie, mark down everything, measure everything, check the scale too, too often, and still manage to not see this skinny person that everyone else sees. I don't know, I'm just curious to if 1,800 calories is like... too less for me? I'm 17, 5'9, and am now 135 pounds.

 

And to be honest, I'm afraid to eat any more than 1,800, although I get incredibly hungry and just drink water to curb it. It's like I can't stop eating the amount that made me lose so much weight in the first place. 

 

Honest thoughts, opinions, and facts will be appreciated.

what are you tryin to be thin for

I honestly have no clue, but right now, I want to stop this madness and just stay at my 134 pounds. I went to LiveStrong to see what they had to say, and they keep telling me that if I eat anymore than 1,800 calories, I'll gain weight back as if my body is in "starvation mode" or something. But, it's not the case, I don't think. I'm not underweight, I'm just at a lower percentile for my height and age.

Lately, I've been struggling with getting up to 1,800 calories. But, I want some insurance that once I get back there, I can maintain my weight of 134\135 pounds. Anyone?

Original Post by seizureshake:

I honestly have no clue, but right now, I want to stop this madness and just stay at my 134 pounds. I went to LiveStrong to see what they had to say, and they keep telling me that if I eat anymore than 1,800 calories, I'll gain weight back as if my body is in "starvation mode" or something. But, it's not the case, I don't think. I'm not underweight, I'm just at a lower percentile for my height and age.

Lately, I've been struggling with getting up to 1,800 calories. But, I want some insurance that once I get back there, I can maintain my weight of 134\135 pounds. Anyone?

When you start eating more, you will gain several pounds.  It will be water and waste in your colon, used for digestion.  It will drop off again in a week or two.  Don't get discouraged.

Eat more, trust me :)

Hello i wanted to ask you about how you have been going.

Did you increase your calories an d how did it go ? 

Ive been struggling to add a little more food because im afraid of weight gain im about 124lbs 5'7 eat about 2100calories which still is high from the online calculators im sedentary except for college which still isn't much besides sitting in front of the computer :) 

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