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Short girls 18-25, how much do you eat?


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Assuming that most people know at least an approximation of their daily caloric intake, can I hear some examples of how much you girls eat?

By short I mean 5 feet to max 4'4", and approximately the age group in the title. And if its low/high because of something like a very sedentery or a very active job, mention that also.

And at that amount, are you losing, maintaining, or gaining?

I'd love to hear what works and what doesn't, because it seems like all I keep hearing is people who simply maintain on what should be healthy weightloss amounts (aka it takes eating even less than we hope to actually lose weight, a rather discouraging concept).

Thanks.

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Id like to just ask a question which is something that 95% of dieters even celebs do. Why is it that once you hit your goal you begin to pig out again? Many ppl get discouraged if hey dont loose 5 pounds in a week.

Start to look at it differently. If you want to have longer results 2 pounds a week are the best. Thats 16 pounds in two months.

 

Now back to your topic question, talli11, if your short you clearly have to eat according to your raet of metabolism.

People get frustrated to see people who "eat a lot and still are skinny". The truth behind that varies. Many dont know this but those people wont be like that once they hit late twenties or early 30's that metab system will be damaged.

 

If your short, do elongating excersises so that your muscle mass gets distributed and you dont look bulky.

Hope this helps ;)

i'm 22, 4'11, and I eat 1750 on average....but it ranges from 1650-2000 on any given day. I am losing...slowly but losing. 

Hey, thanks for your answers!

Chrissy, are you finally losing? I remember you having a lot of trouble making the scale move while eating at not too much of a deficit, how do you judge your progress and how did you make it work for you?

 

And Jennifer-- I did ask for comparison, but not for the sake of complaining about "People who eat a lot and still are skinny" (they are rare to find here on CC). It's just that theory, the one written on CC and the one posted by  many members, is still different from what actually works and what doesn't for people once they apply it. It also isn't a question of what I think I, or other people, supposedly should do (in terms of eating and exercise), as that is vague, as is the idea that we know our metabolism simply by our height and weight.

Talli: i just kept doing it. Eventually the scale has to budge. right now it's being a pain but this happens all the time. it's cyclical for me...down 1-3 pounds...stand-still/slight gain of 1-2 pounds...then 2-3 weeks later I'm down another 1-3 pounds. In a month I might lose 5 pounds and gain 2 pounds...so REALLY lose 3 pounds. I'm down about 11 pounds since Jan 1st. So a bit less than 3 pounds a month....since I have 2 months left until my goal date I'm hoping I can lose half that...(5.5 pounds more). It's been slow but it's coming off. 

I'm 5'2" and I work out 5-6 days a week so therefore I eat 1700-2200 calories a day give or take. When I was a "teenager" (18 and younger) I ate at least 3000-3500 calories a day and was 100 lbs soaking wet which is why I always cringe when I see some posts on this fourm I would have died if I ate 1500 calories a day at 16. Anyways, I lift heavy 3 days a week, I bike, and I'm a runner. I used to have a very active job being a CNA but when you break your finger and you get fired for that, you lose that super active lifestyle. I also walk at least 2 miles at my university and am student teaching currently so I guess that makes me lightly active at my "work" and very active during my workouts! :)

I'm a bit over your height limit but I thought I'd chime in anyway. I'm 5'3 and I think (am pretty sure) that I burn about 1800 on a lazy no-exercise day.

I'm 5'6" and about 123 lbs and I'm dying to get down to 110 to 115. I have a bigger bone hip structure. Any tips?

Original Post by tarynxo3:

I'm 5'6" and about 123 lbs and I'm dying to get down to 110 to 115. I have a bigger bone hip structure. Any tips?

change your goals because youre already at the low end of healthy. ditch the scale and take up strength training.

Thanks for your replies!

 

Corinth, are you currently losing or maintaining at your level of exercise and calorie intake? And how old are you right now (you said when you were 18..)?

And chrissy, kudos!! 11 lbs is awesome, I would kill for that loss right now! I have instead gained 10 since January! (still counting calories and kicking butt at the gym 5 days a week at 6 am...)

Any one else got stats to share?

I am 24, 5'2" and live a moderately sedentary life compared to most people, at least over the winter (I'm a stay at home mom so now that the weather's nice I've been moving much more!). I eat about 1200 calories a day because they say that's the lowest you're supposed to go. I also try to do a high protein diet because it helps to build muscle mass (high protein diets aren't for everyone though, they can be hard on your kidneys if you have any underlying problems). I usually aim for 75-100 grams of protein on a daily basis.

I started doing the high protein diet because even with eating only 1200 calories my lack of exercise was keeping me at a standstill with my weight loss. I had only been losing about 2 lbs a month but now that I will be able to get out more combined with high protein I should be up to 1-2 lbs a week (the best amount to lose to keep the weight off permanently). I currently weigh 129 and my goal weight is 110 by July so I should have just enough time to lose that much if I can pump it up to 8 lbs a month Smile.

I don't get how so many people on this website eat 1200-1500 a day and aren't starving or become insane. I was eating 1500 a day w/ lots and lots of exercise and ended up losing weight, yea, but too much, and was tired and weak and hungry all of the time! I'm 5'3 and stopped counting as strictly but probably get between 1800-2500 a day now depending on my activity levels/how hungry I am that day. And I'm 20. It's a lot more calories but I still get lots of exercise so it balances out and I'm more energetic and mentally healthier! I think you should do whatever works for you-eat as much as you need to to not starve yourself throughout the day!

Your hunger factor usually depends on what kind of food you're eating. If you eat empty calorie foods 1200 calories will definitely not sustain you however if you're getting a healthy balance you will most likely be fine. In my experience that's actually what has taught me to eat and drink better. I think "man, that cake looks good but if I eat it and use up 'x' amount of calories I might be pretty hungry by the end of the day" or "I could really go for a soda but if I drink water instead then I can have 'x'".

I also can't fathom how teens and younger adults handle calorie counting. I never had to worry about it before I had a kid, I really think I would have gone nuts! My best advice to all of you without kids is just get out there and do crazy things with your friends. Go for hikes, hang out at the mall, instead of sitting inside chatting and reading magazines, do your girl talk while taking a walk. Those are all things that you take for granted when you can do them whenever you want but they all count for burning calories and trust me, when you're grown and have kids you'll wish you still had the time for those simple pleasures Smile.

Another piece of advice that's really helped me, don't deny yourself what you're craving. If you want chocolate, have a Hershey kiss or chocolate milk or something. Remember, moderation is key. You will be much less likely to give up all together if you allow yourself to give in to cravings. I know a lot of girls on here say they feel guilty when they eat something they shouldn't: if you feel that bad, do a small exercise session to burn the calories you ate.

5' 2.5", nearly 18. 1500-2200, pretty big range. I'm not that active during the week with school, just a 30 minute walk in the evening maybe. But on the weekends I do hour long bike-rides along with the evening walk. I looove biking!

Original Post by alexiasmama818:

Your hunger factor usually depends on what kind of food you're eating. If you eat empty calorie foods 1200 calories will definitely not sustain you however if you're getting a healthy balance you will most likely be fine. In my experience that's actually what has taught me to eat and drink better. I think "man, that cake looks good but if I eat it and use up 'x' amount of calories I might be pretty hungry by the end of the day" or "I could really go for a soda but if I drink water instead then I can have 'x'".

I also can't fathom how teens and younger adults handle calorie counting. I never had to worry about it before I had a kid, I really think I would have gone nuts! My best advice to all of you without kids is just get out there and do crazy things with your friends. Go for hikes, hang out at the mall, instead of sitting inside chatting and reading magazines, do your girl talk while taking a walk. Those are all things that you take for granted when you can do them whenever you want but they all count for burning calories and trust me, when you're grown and have kids you'll wish you still had the time for those simple pleasures .

Another piece of advice that's really helped me, don't deny yourself what you're craving. If you want chocolate, have a Hershey kiss or chocolate milk or something. Remember, moderation is key. You will be much less likely to give up all together if you allow yourself to give in to cravings. I know a lot of girls on here say they feel guilty when they eat something they shouldn't: if you feel that bad, do a small exercise session to burn the calories you ate.

You are awesome, I agree with everything you say! I'm 23, just under 5 feet (by 1/2-1/4 an inch) and weigh 108 pounds. I do not think I'm fat, in fact I love the way I look. But I think my optimal weight for my height is around 100 pounds (judging from my past). 

Due to hormonal problems (and having to take hormonal drugs) my weight has gone up to what it has. I usually eat 1600-1800 calories a day to maintain (2000-3000 to gain), and anything less than 1600 to lose weight. 

Right now I'm striving for 1200, but anything between 1200-1600 is good for me since I usually get some strength/cardio in.

Best of luck to all you shorties! All-in-all, we should know how lucky we are to be small and compact, and no matter what, adorable!

I'm almost 21 years old, 5'3"-ish and eat 1200-1500 calories per day.  I just started an intense aerobic program though (TurboFire) and I think I might have to up it a bit so my metabolism doesn't go haywire on me.  Currently losing because I recently started restarted my healthy lifestyle after a stressful exam season.

I hike with my dogs for 30 minutes a day, walk a lot at work, but other than that I live a pretty sedentary lifestyle.  I'm about 185 lbs and my ideal weight is the high end of healthy (BMI-wise) because I'm a big boned girl, so 140 lbs.  I'm looking to be down to 165 by September which is a reasonable goal for me.

no one posting here needs to eat less than 1500 calories and i will stand by that no matter what you tell me. if youve messed up your metabolism then eating less will only magnify the problem and make it worse. 

honestly...someone under 25 should be able to eat 1700-1800 while sedentary and still maintain or thereabouts...if you cant then id ask myself 

1. is my goal weigt healthy for me

2. have i compromised my metabolism by not eating enough in the past

3. have i given more calories an honest shot and accounted for food/water weight

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