How Important is calorie intake when dieting?

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  1. Kobinator

    Kobinator Finally in the Loop

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    So, I'm trying to lose a lot of weight (i'm obese). I have been eating clean food, biking, and lifting for the past week. But, after reading Christophers sticky about fat loss, it appears I should be eating 11x my weight in calories...that's like 3025 cals. I've been eating ~1500 daily and never feel hungry or tired during the day. Is it ok that I only eat ~1500? Or should I force myself to eat more?

    PS. I'm also taking a multi-vitamin, if that even remotely matters to this discussion
     
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    are you 100% sure of your numbers? people tend to underestimate by quite a bit when guessing at calorie intake. it's possible you think you're getting around 1500 but you really may be getting a lot more.
     
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    I'm trying my best to eat serving sizes recommended on the table, here, I'll list what I had today:

    Breakfast:
    1/2 cups oatmeal 150 cal (17% fat)
    1 yogurt 150 cal (10% fat)

    Lunch:
    1.5 cups Lettuce 15 cal (0% fat)
    2 T Italian dressing 35 cal (71% fat)

    Dinner:
    4 chicken tenders (strips of breast) 180 cal (5% fat)
    1 can green beans 60 cal
    2 oz mixed nuts 340 cal (76% fat)
    1 apple 80 cal


    and I will be eating a PB&J tonite, and probably something else... for around 500 cal
     
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    I know I should have eaten better at lunch, I ran outta time...
     
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    AznRyda キモかわいい!

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    You need more protein and fish oil. Then you can eat as little calories as you want.
     
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    I'm gonna eat 2 cans of tuna tonite
    and about fish oil, do you just take spoon fulls of it?
     
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    I don't know how much you weight, so I don't know if 2 cans of tuna is enough. Aim for 1-1.25g for lb of body weight. (It shouldn't be that many calories in relation to your BMR anyways). As far as fish oil, take 6-12. Should be 10 calories per pill which isn't that big of a deal. Fill in the rest of your calories with as little or as much as you want while still staying under maintenance and you should be fine. (11xBW-12xBW or less would be nice)
     
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    i weigh 275...I know that 2 cans isn't enough, but I can't stand to eat 4 cans of tuna, lol, but I'll work up to it...
     
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    Eat chicken breasts then. Eat top round filets. There are a lot of choices...
     
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    i'd agree and keep protein high witih all meals
     
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    Do you know the reasoning behind this? Is it because the greater percentage of fat mass doesn't contribute to a higher BMR as a person with average body composition would? However, moving around that much mass still should cause a greater caloric expenditure right?

    I know when I was obese, I would eat some low ass calories and my weight wouldn't really budge as much. I wasn't sure why, I just assumed that my body wasn't very good, and prolonged periods of dieting made my metabolism slower.
     
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    thank you sir, :bowdown:
     
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    are you lifting weights and/or doing cardio as well?

    and what Chris said.
     
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    buy some protein shakes. I use a protein that has 125 cals and 21 g of protein with only 2 g of fat and 4 g carbs per serving.
     
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    optimum nutrition whey protein powder is cheap and its 1.5g fat. 3g carbs (1g sugar) and 22g protein, 120 cals. i eat like 7 scoops a day wooweee.

    53 bucks (with shipping) for 10lbs of it on www.1fast400.com
     
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    i am doing both, trying to lose 75 lbs by Christmas, works out to about 2.4 lbs a week...

    so I'm biking ~8 miles everyday (going longer everyday) and i have started lifting 30-45 min 4 days/week, as prescribed in Christopher's sticky...
     
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