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does everyone here stick to the exact amount of calories recomended to eat daily on calorie count?


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hi, im new to calorie count and i just want to know if everyone eats exactly the amount of calories that they tell you to eat hear on a daily basis? beacause i read on some other website that i can eat like 2,575 calories and excersise 60 minutes per day to meet my weight loss goal. but here they tell me i should eat 1,800 calories daily to meet my goal by december of next year. can anyone tell me if they followed the exact number of calories allowed or no?

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I don't follow it exactly, as calorie count tends to propose excessively restrictive  suggestions for weight loss. For example - calorie count suggested 1200 calories/day for me. I find weight loss happens quite happily if I eat upto 1600-1800, so I don't see the point in excessively restricting.

As a teen, I'd say the former value you have listed is a good goal provided you are active. I wouldn't go below 1800 unless you're bedridden - this is a critical growth period for you and it's important to fuel it adequately.

Also I noticed you just joined CC today - welcome aboard and hope your time here is useful and enjoyable.

I would recommend going to ttp://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator. htm and crunch your numbers. Then you will know exactly how many calories you need per day for fat loss. 2575 per day with 60 minutes of exercise a day sounds very high to me but without your height, weight, and activity level, I'm not able to confirm that. I would stick to what the calculator says. Also, if your calories contain carbs and or natural sugar, your weight loss results will be hindered and slower than normal.

I prefer not to be that exact with it.  I like a range better.  For me, for example, my goal range is 1700-1900 cals a day.  On days I exercise more, it's going to be at the top of that range.  And honestly, some days I'm more or less hungry that others.  As long as I stay within my range, I do well.

I'm usually very close - unless you count the mincmeat pie,  candied yams, pumpkin ice cream,  baklava,  dressing and gravy,  spinach dip & chips, and booze I had this Christmas - but that's a fluke.  Back to work/gym Monday!

I agree with Dave.  Also, if you find out your body fat percentage, and plug in your ideal weight...(instead of your current weight), on the site he mentioned, you will come out with a more exact calorie count.

if you are trying to lose weight, its best to stick to a lower calorie intake per day. based on you being sedentary. so its like even if you don't exercise  you would still get a deficit per day.

in the end what matters is you follow what ever helps and is easy to maintain for your weight loss journey.

Original Post by dave160:

I would recommend going to ttp://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator. htm and crunch your numbers. Then you will know exactly how many calories you need per day for fat loss. 2575 per day with 60 minutes of exercise a day sounds very high to me but without your height, weight, and activity level, I'm not able to confirm that. I would stick to what the calculator says. Also, if your calories contain carbs and or natural sugar, your weight loss results will be hindered and slower than normal.

The above link isn't appropriate for a teen. Nor are the calorie recommendations made by the Calorie Count website. They're designed for individuals 21 years or older. As we get older we don't need as many calories to function. Our bodies and brains aren't in the midst of growing and developing to the degree a child or teen's body is. Try using this calculator instead (it's designed for children's needs) - http://www.kidsnutrition.org/bodycomp/bmiz2.h tml

As for your original question, no, I don't eat the exact calorie amount recommended. I try to stay within a range of 1600-1800 calories a day to lose weight.

Edit: fixed spacing in link.

Original Post by dave160:

 Also, if your calories contain carbs and or natural sugar, your weight loss results will be hindered and slower than normal.

This part is false.  As far as weight loss, a calorie is a calorie and it doesn't matter if that calorie is a carb (which sugar is) or protein or fat. Eating 60%+ of your calories from carbs won't keep you from losing weight, and eating fruit or other foods with natural sugars won't hurt your weight loss efforts either.  The important thing is to find a diet that works for you and you can follow for a lifetime.  For some, that is a low carb diet, but for others the low carb diet is too restrictive and feels unnatural.

Personally, I don't follow CC's recommendations at all, since they always seem too low to me.  I figured my estimated burn rate and subtracted 500 from it.  I try stay within 50 calories of that one way or another.

thak you so much, ur advice was really helpful. =)

THANK YOU TO ALL THE PEOPLE THAT REPLIED. THE ADVICE WAS GREAT.Laughing

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