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How much did u/do u lose on 1200 calories a day?


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I just saw the highest number on the scales i have ever seen 67 kg (148 pounds) and decided enough is enough.. Am starting to eat 1200 calrories and exercising (not too much) I was wondering how much I can expect to lose in a week and what are your success stories on the similar calorie intake. How much do you exercise? I am 5'10 (178), female and always weighted around 60-62 kilos, would love to be 60 again!! :( Ive also been eating like a pig lately, just couldnt get myself together.. Cheers!

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At 148lbs on 5'10" you've already got a BMI of 21.2, you don't need to lose any weight.  And even if you did want to take off some vanity pounds 1200 calories is too few (possibly way WAY too few depending on your age - if you're still a teenager you need many more). 

Your body won't want to shed fat that fast and will fight it, burning muscle as well as fat so you wind up "skinny fat" with scrawny arms and legs and pudge still left over.  I'm guessing this is not the look you're going for.

Unfortunately I do need to lose weight cause this is not my comfortable weight and i never weighted this much, i dont fit into any of my clothes too. I am 25, so nope not a teenager! I am not planning to burn off 500 calories in the gym every day.. i am just too lazy for that and really hate cardio, but i will do some weights and some running/walking. Interested in the stories of people who were on 1200 for some time!

A 25yo 5'10" 148lb female needs a minimum calorie intake of 1500 per day.  That's your BMR, Basal Metabolic Rate, or the minimum number of calories your body needs to function even if you're in a coma.  One calculator for this number is here.

Eating below your BMR is very likely to work out poorly.  As in your body burning more muscle and less fat, and adjusting your metabolism down to compensate. 

There's people here who have done the eating-1200 thing, and they can tell you the same if some will chime in.  For example there's people here who can tell you from painful experience that eating too little for too long wrecks your metabolism to the point where you stop losing weight entirely, and then you have to eat at your maintenance calorie level for weeks and gain back weight in order to repair it.  Is that something you want to go through?

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There's people here who have done the eating-1200 thing, and they can tell you the same if some will chime in.  For example there's people here who can tell you from painful experience that eating too little for too long wrecks your metabolism to the point where you stop losing weight entirely, and then you have to eat at your maintenance calorie level for weeks and gain back weight in order to repair it.  Is that something you want to go through?

Yup, when I first made up my mind to lose 10 lbs a few months ago, I started eating less than 1200 calories. I hadn't done any substantial research about how much I should eat; I only knew that I needed to count and control my caloric intake...

Anyway, I felt very very weak all of the time. I couldn't sleep well. So I did some research, realized I was starving myself, and upped my calories to 1500-1700 a day. Since then, I've felt SO much better and more active.

I'm 22, 5'4'' tall, and currently at/around 117lb... pretty much at my "goal" of 115lbs. I got there by eating like a normal person, not like someone who is virtually comatose.

yep, 1200 calories is the bare minimum you would need to eat if you were a complete couch potato who moved only from the bed to the living room and back to bed, with trips to the bathroom and kitchen in between. i'm 5'4, 185 pounds, and i do 1200 calories on days when i work from home and only move from the bed to the computer and back again. when i do ANY exercise, even walking into work from the parking lot and taking the stairs to my 2nd floor desk, i up my calories to about 1400.

at 1200 calories with exercise, you are actually slowing your metabolism and putting your body into starvation mode, which means it's going to hold tightly onto every last ounce of fat you have. bring it up, woman! :)

Change some of your eating habits, watch portions, and exercise. You can lose some but it wont happen overnight.

I'm 176 cm and 63-64 kg right now, about the same stats as you.  If I eat 1200 calories a day, I could lose at least 1 kg in a week, depending on how badly I was eating when I started.  I don't eat that little very often though, not on purpose at least.  I can eat 1500-1700 and still lose.  If you want to get back to your comfortable weight, then do it slowly so you won't rebound.

first, you don't need to lose weight.

second, i've never restricted myself to anywhere near 1200 calories. i lose weight on anything under 1800, and i'm two inches shorter, a little lighter, and probably a couple of decades older than you.

focus on getting stronger, not on getting lighter.

Focus on weight training and losing inches, not so much on losing weight.  I am 43, 5'5" and lose eating 1600 and I only work out 4-5 times a week usually around 35-50 min, so not a lot but I do interval cardio twice a week and train with heavy weights the other three days.  I have noticed a big difference in my muscles and inches lost doing this.  Most people find they can't get proper nutrition on 1200 and actually lose more weight by eating more.

I have lost 105 bs in total, and I started out at 1200 cal a day.

I was totally inactive, recovering from mini strokes brought on by rampant high blood pressure. I weighed 256, and am 5'4" and was 41 years old at the time. I think it's fair to say that my metabolisim was crap.

I made every calorie count. There was no junk, I drank zero calories, cut way back on salt, starches, sugars and refined foods in general. I ate lots of veggies, some fruit and lean meats and a bit of whole grain bread and cereal.

The weight fell off. The first few months, it was normal for me to drop three to four pounds a week. I started exercising. First light walks, then longer walks, then swimming, then aquasize, then high impact cardio classes and weight lifting. As I started increasing my exercise, I had to increase my caloric intake. I now aim for 1500 a day, but eat more if I'm hungry. I am not as strict on portions as I once was, so I probably get even more than that some days. In fact, I'm not much concerned even if I go over 2000 evey now and then.

I still have about 15 lbs to lose to reach my goal. I have plateaued, and I wonder now if some of it is due to the 1200 cal diet I followed for so many months. Between my activity level and my caloric intake, I should still be losing, but I have gone from losing 4 pounds a week, to only having lost 5 lbs since the first of August. I will keep with my diet and exercise regime, and I am sure the rest will come off in time.  

I had a lot of weight to lose. I had serious health issues related to my weight. 1200 cal a day served it's purpose for me, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it for the long term, and probably not for someone your height, age and current weight. Considering these are vanity pounds you want to lose, I would suggest upping your exercise and lifting weights. Eating clean will help as well. Eliminate as much processed food from your diet as you can. Don't drink pop or alcohol. Those things should do the trick for you, without restricing your diet to 1200 cal.

 

Okay, you've convinced me that 1400 calories is too little.  I'm going to increase it to 1500.  I've been thinking I should do this for a couple of weeks now, but this thread made me reach the decision point.

i think i have to agree with what everyones saying here. i tried to sustain a 1200 diet but it kept backfiring cos i kept binging in the end. Thought I could control it but somehow i guess 1200 is too little..Cry

Hmm but it is impossible to be losing those 2 pounds (1 kilo) a week eating 1500 or? I find 1200 quite easy to stick to if no alcohol is involved, but unfortunately it is often involved, and thats when calories get out of hand :(

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