Weight Loss
Moderators: coach_k, spoiled_candy, Mollybygolly, devilish_patsy, nycgirl


Not loosing weight at 1100 calories


Quote  |  Reply

I am new to this site and have been dieting for a month now and not loosing. I weigh 160 lbs 5'9'' and my burn meter indicates I burn 1790 calories a day. Once when I was in the Doctors office I asked the nurse about loosing weight an she mentioned that she asks elderly thin women how they stay so thin and their reply was they just nibble and only eat when hungry and usually not more than 1000 calories a day. I have been eating 1000-1200 a day and walk a mile each day but I don't seem to be loosing weight and would like to loose at least 20 lbs by summer. Does anyone have advise

18 Replies (last)

You're eating too little. I know it sounds stupid, but you really are. It's recommended that you shouldn't eat less than 1200 calories - and depending on your age, probably more. Your body is probably in starvation mode and holding onto every little gram of fat to keep you from starving and your metabolism is running slow. It sounds weird, but eating more will make you lose more weight.

Walking is good, but I doubt walking a mile every day is sufficient to make you lose weight - try weights, if you're able to, and floor exercices. Muscles burn more calories. Plus, you'll tone up!

I totally agree!  Unfortunately, walking a mile a day is not enough to lose weight; actually, it is not even enough to meet the federal recommendations for daily activity.  You are supposed to have at least 30 minutes of aerobic physical activity every day just for cardiovascular health.  Also, you need to bump up your calorie intake just a little.  Good luck!

As you get older, your calorie needs have a tendency to lower, however, the diet you're talking about is suitable for an inactive 80 year old woman who is around 5'2"to maintain, not for a 5'9" reasonably active middle aged woman to lose weight.

I do suspect that you're not eating enough.  Calculate your burn and subtract 500 from that, making sure you don't go under 1200.  1200F/1500M +300teen + %exercise is the minimum recommendation to lose weight, if you're taller than average, heavier than average, more active than average, then you definitely need more than the minimum calories.

Original Post by malkahg:

Once when I was in the Doctors office I asked the nurse about loosing weight an she mentioned that she asks elderly thin women how they stay so thin and their reply was they just nibble and only eat when hungry and usually not more than 1000 calories a day.

The Elderly Frail Woman diet...best seller here I come!

The nurse is crazy for giving anyone that kind of advice and obviously had no clue on proper nutrition and weight loss. If you are not eating more than 1200 calories a day you are not properly nourishing your body. That is not nearly enough calories. Anything under 1200 is just crazy. You need clean/balanced nutrition and enough calories a day to properly nourish your body.

Do you strength train? How fast are you walking, do you get your heart rate up? A good place to start would be to lift weights 3 days a week, cardio 5-6. 2-3 of the cardio days do some kind of HIIT training opposite of your weight days. What are you eating/drinking?

Original Post by malkahg:

Once when I was in the Doctors office I asked the nurse about loosing weight an she mentioned that she asks elderly thin women how they stay so thin and their reply was they just nibble and only eat when hungry and usually not more than 1000 calories a day.

Yes, and when the old lady falls down, she doesn't just bruise, she breaks her hip. So I think we can rule that out as a healthy goal.

I agree with the previous posters, except about the walking.  Walking 20 minutes a day is a great place to start, and it is enough to help you start losing weight.  Yes, bumping up your exercise may help, but there's nothing wrong with walking.  I started at 230, and my first 20 pounds were lost with daily walking.  As I got in better shape, I added some other things, but the daily walking is still the mainstay of my exercise.  Now I walk for 30 minutes to an hour, usually in 2-3 walks.

I agree with some others, walking is a good place to start, especially if you haven't been active in awhile.  Walking will keep your joints healthy and prepare your body to start becoming more active. You want to get to a place where you are getting your heartrate up, so if walking a mile at a fast pace is doing that, you have started in a good place.  The thing is that your body quickly gets used to physical activity, so here in a few weeks walking a mile will be a piece of cake and won't burn as many calories as it did the first couple of weeks you were doing it. After you have been doing this for awhile, you may try changing it up a walking a half of the mile and jogging the other half, slowly making more and more of your daily exercise a jog for a more intense exercise. Maybe find a place you can walk where there is a hill to switch things up even a bit more.  Good luck! 

You weigh the same as i do but a little taller. Your BMI should be in the healthy range though. I eat about 1600 cals a day so I think you should be doing the same.

Your body goes into panic mode when you dont eat enough calories.!!

to give you some encouragement, i just upped my calories this week because i was eating too little and ive lost 2 lbs.   There is a like a little in between area that you have to stay in to lose weight.  You cant eat to much or too little.

Original Post by jessilee15:

Unfortunately, walking a mile a day is not enough to lose weight;

Walking a mile a day is more than enough to lose weight, plenty of people lose weight successfully doing even less activity than that.  No amount of activity is required for weight loss, so any activity performed is more than enough.

Walking is a great place to start, how far you go doesn't matter as long as it's somewhat challenging. 

I lost 10 lbs last month walking a mile and a half a day - keep up the good work!

#13  
Quote  |  Reply

There is a lot of research which indicates that people especially over weight people are not very good estimating their calorie count.  People on laboratory measured food lose 30% more than people outside the laboratory.

This is also why NutriSlim works well, the food is measured for you.

These studies indicate that people who do not measure are typically eating 50% more calories than they think they are eating.  So I suggest you measure your food.

I am an analyst in Research and Development at Cardinal Health and part of my job is to verify data and conclusions, so I look a lot of things up using the Google/Scholar.  If you click under more, it will be in the drop down list.

 

Original Post by spirochete:

Original Post by malkahg:

Once when I was in the Doctors office I asked the nurse about loosing weight an she mentioned that she asks elderly thin women how they stay so thin and their reply was they just nibble and only eat when hungry and usually not more than 1000 calories a day.

The Elderly Frail Woman diet...best seller here I come!

Spirochete: You are amazing. Seriously, I love your sense of humor! (Actually, quite like mine... and this is not a sarcastic comment, I'm *for once* serious) 

To the OP: You need to eat more, end of story. Walking is fine if it's somewhat challenging. You could be picking up rocks for exercise, and as long as it's a challenge, you're making progress.

I'm going to take the unpopular stance here that you are probably not in starvation mode, and I think starvation mode doesn't happen nearly as often as people believe it does. Studies have indicated that is takes near-starvation-level calorie intakes over an extended period of time for this to kick in. Think Holocaust survivors. A month of undereating has probably not screwed your metabolism.

That said, you really do seem to be eating too little. The minimum recommended calorie intake here is 1200, and you could probably eat more since you're tall. The problem with eating too little is that it's very difficult to get enough of all the nutrients you need if you aren't taking in enough calories. I'm 5'3," and I managed to lose 25 pounds on 1300 calories per day, and that was mostly sitting on my butt and getting no exercise. (I'm 30, so it's not like my metabolism is humming like a 13-year-old's.) I've since upped that to 1500 because I'm getting more exercise.

Age slows your metabolism, so that could be a factor. But do try eating more (not to avoid starvation mode but to be healthy and strong). You may find you have more energy for exercise. Also, keep careful track of your calories, even nibbles you take here and there. It all adds up.

Edited to add: If you're eating the recommended number of calories and exercising and still not seeing any results after a few weeks, check with your doctor. Medication or a thyroid problem or a number of other health conditions could be giving you a hard time.

Already being the short height of 5'1", I'm screwed when i become elderly. Surprised

Original Post by ezzied:

Already being the short height of 5'1", I'm screwed when i become elderly. Surprised

 Hang in there!  You will find "elderly" is a fun time and the pounds on many of us come off at the same rate as when we were younger.  You adjust.  I exercise for 15 minutes 3 times a day instead of 45 minutes at one time.  Keeps my metabolism up and if I eat healthy, the pounds go.  If not, the pounds come!  I think there is too much analyzing of weight loss and gain.  It is pretty straight forward for most of us.  Eat too much, exercise too little..........hello! you gain weigh.  Eat healthy, exercise regularly...........you stay the same or lose.  I agree with the earlier post that contended people under count calories.

I absolutely think the others are right. You need to eat more. You are a 5'9" woman.  Use the free tools on the site to figure out how much. Calorie Count's mission is to promote healthy and sustainable weight management - eating more than 1200 cals is part of that.

Why eating only 1200 calories or undereating doesn't work

In the long run, you won’t lose weight faster by eating 1200 calories a day. Under-eating deprives your body of essential nutrients and leads to muscle breakdown to provide energy. With less muscle, you require fewer calories and you reach a weight low plateau more quickly. Restrictive dieting also places you at risk for binge-eating which can lead to weigh gain and a life of yo-yo dieting.

Will I go into starvation mode if I eat 1000 – 1200 calories a day?

Your body will not selectively burn stored fat because your central nervous system needs glucose and you can’t make glucose from fat. But protein can be converted to glucose, and so the body breaks down your muscles to provide it. Ultimately, you lose lots of muscle along with fat, and that drives down your calorie requirements because muscle burns calories but fat does not. You then maintain a higher weight on less food making weight gain inevitable. For best results, eat the number of calories prescribed by the Calorie Target calculator in the Tools section.

18 Replies
Advertisement
Advertisement
Allergy Remedies
Is It Possible to Go Natural?
The side effects of allergy medications keep some people from using them. Natural remedies can be a great alternative, but some are more effective than others.