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Seriously - how do you eat 1300 calories!


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Apparently at 5'3" and 133 lbs, i need to eat like 1300 calories even when exercising 3x per week. 

Others, who do that - what do you eat for breakfast lunch & dinner?  I love food too much Cry

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Well you actually have more like 1400 and even then you can just gain your deficit through activity/exercise.

1243 (BMR) x 1.2 (for sedentary burn) = 1492 - 1400 (eat this) = 92 + 300 (burn through exercise) = 392 deficit (which is just under 1 lbs a week). 

Or you can eat more like 1500, burn 250-350 and have just 0.5 to 0.5+ loss a week. That is why the last 10lbs are such a killer, it takes longer and more effort : /

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That's the sacrifice you have to make if you want to be a really low weight. My maintenance weight is where you are now (a bit above). I can eat 2200 calories a day to maintain that weight (I work out for 1 to 2 hours, six days a week though).  It's a tradeoff: For me, it is not worth it to be super skinny if I have to starve to stay there, but to each her own.

Is 125 at 5'3" a really low weight?  I didn't think that was "super skinny" and starving myself?

Original Post by hollowness:

Well you actually have more like 1400 and even then you can just gain your deficit through activity/exercise.

1243 (BMR) x 1.2 (for sedentary burn) = 1492 - 1400 (eat this) = 92 + 300 (burn through exercise) = 392 deficit (which is just under 1 lbs a week). 

Or you can eat more like 1500, burn 250-350 and have just 0.5 to 0.5+ loss a week. That is why the last 10lbs are such a killer, it takes longer and more effort : /

Thank you for being so helpful!

No problem and good luck :)

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I've been eating around 1300 the past  few days,  and i'm literally addicted to food. I get such bad cravings, but if you want to lose weight, it's something you have to work with unfortunately! Good luck!(:

Another trick is by carefully tending to *what* you eat. It's not for everyone, but if you're hip to not eating meat or fish, it's actually pretty easy to hover around 1300 calories. To wit, this is a post of a typical day for me:

* Bananas (1 medium) @ 120 calories
* Calcium supplement @ 20 calories

* Veggie Wrap @ 100 calories (the below wrapped up in wrap)
* 2 slices provolone cheese @ 160 calories
* 2 cups Spring Mix greens @ ~20 calories
* 2 tbs Hummus @~80 calories

* 8 oz broccoli steamed @ 175 calories
* 1/4 of a Quorn "turkey" roast
* 1 cup corn @ 133 calories
* 1 cup peas @ 120 calories

* Mediterranean yogurt @ 270 calories mixed with 1/4 granola @ 150 calories
* Slice of Banana-strawberry bread @ 120 calories
* 8 oz strawberries @ 75 calories

Now, this is set for me (6' male, 237 lbs) to lose weight, and run at 1600 calories per day. That said, to trim to 1300 would just be a matter of trimming out some of the snacks (3 is a little excessive-- I do that to not fall *below* 1600 calories); or reduce some of the serving sizes. Particularly my dinners tend to be huge. This also is intentional, so I make sure that I don't feel hungry on nights I'm just sitting at home.

Just my two cents, and like I said-- dropping meat isn't for everyone. But, if it helps, it helps.

 

I eat 1200/cal a day whenever I'm trying to lose weight (I'm only 5' and have a very light frame). My dinners vary a lot, but I'll give you my breakfast/lunch plan which leaves you with lots of room to play for dinner.

Breakfast - 1 cup of unsweetened Fiber One-type cereal - 120 calories (& 100% of your daily fiber)

AM Snack - small banana - ~100 calories

Lunch - 100 calorie mini bagel with 1/2 tspn mustard  - 102 calories
       medium apple - 95 calories

PM Snack - 1 cup baby carrots - ~50 calories

Pre-dinner Snack (prevents me from grabbing the first fattening thing I see when I walk in the door) - 1/2 cup frozen squash or broccoli or a fresh plum - 25-50 calories

All of which leaves you at 500-525 calories with breakfast, lunch, and three small snacks. This leaves lots of room for dinner and perhaps a low-cal dessert. I'm a big fan of eating many small meals, but you can combine the snacks into the meals if you aren't.

My limit for calories has been set at 1600 meaning that I would reach my goal weight in about a year and a half. It seems like a reasonable amount but I love to eat. My exercise level is practically zero at the moment. After reading some posts, it seems I could eat more if I kicked up the exercising.

My nutritionist told me to have protein at every meal. I'm wondering if Wendi105's Lunch would be a good substitute for my tuna, toast, fruit? I don't know if I could survive on your food plan. My stomach was growling as I was reading it.

I find eating that little is easy, I struggle with thinking up how to eat more calories!  I try to stay around 1400-1600.  But I try to eat only unprocessed foods.  

Breakfast:  1/3 cup oatmeal (99 cal), banana (104 cal), 3/4 oz macadamia nuts (152 cal), 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese (90 cal), 3 oz Blueberries (50 cal) Total:495 Calories

Lunch: 2 eggs (140 cal), 2 corn tortillas ((mine only have 3 ingredients) 100 cal), Glee Butter (23 cal), Corn salsa (45 cal) Total: 308 Calories plus you can throw in a piece of fruit if you like, so more like 375 calories

Dinner: 3oz Salmon/Chicken Breast/Tilapia (110- 135 cal), steamed veggies(40-80 calories) Total Calories: Around 200 calories

Snacks: 1/2 cup Cottage Cheese with fruit(140 cal), 25-30 pistachios (100 cal) Total: 240 Calories

That's around 1300 calories.  I have no idea what I'm suppose to eat when/if I get to maintenance!  I would need to add like 500 calories more.  Maybe add almond butter to dinner, but that still leaves plenty of calories.  Idk, so it's a good thing I have a while to figure it out! :)  

Good luck with your weight loss, and I don't think 125 is too skinny.  I'm 5'2" and that's my target weight too. 

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Isn't that too little? I'm 5'3 too and CC said I should eat about 1100 calories to reach my goal  :/ I think that calculator is off or something, that's below my BMR so I've been eating about 1400 cal

I have PCOS, and lost 150lbs by eating 1600-1800cals a day, even 4000 on certain days.. usually bad days but i still lost, and/or maintained! 

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