Hello, I'm not technically new here, but I have a question.
I'm 14 years old, and I have been eating an average of 1,800 calories a day and exercise 6 days a week for about 30 minutes for almost a month now. And I've been in the range of 180-184 pounds (at the height of 5'2) the whole time. >=(
Any thoughts on when I should start seeing results? Or am I doing something wrong with my diet/exercise? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
As a teen though, I would suggest you not eat much lower. You are building important bones/muscles/etc. You really don't want to hurt yourself. I would say get 500 less than what you're burning. And consider going to a doctor to talk to them about it. They, hopefully, will be able to push you in the right direction, safely. And you might also want to check with a doctor to see if you have a thyroid problem. Your metabolism might be a lot lower than you think. Which would mean that 1800 calories might be your "maintain" calorie intake.
1800 calories is kind of hard to get if you're not eating fattening burgers. You might want to consider things like burritos (a tortilla can be 200+ calories), pasta dishes, sandwiches, etc. Spaghetti is pretty inexpensive for instance. And get as much protein as you can. If you eat meat, throw in some chicken or ground beef.
Carbs can be bad, but eaten "smart" and reasonably, there's no reason you can't use them to help you get up to your calorie intake.
Another thing you might want to consider is measuring, if you're not doing it already. You could be building muscle and not realizing it. That will make it seem like you're not losing as quickly as you'd like.
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