sailorsuit-deactivated20110729 said: So. I know you've covered this a bit. I am just so so confused about how many calories I should be taking in. Because sites on the internet tell me a million different things. I'm 5'1" 105lbs. I'd like to maintain that or go back to 100 like I was this fall and my job is pretty active-I'm a hostess at a busy restaurant.
I feel like some days I will be way over my calorie limit or else waaaay under. It freaks me out to eat 1200 cals daily. I feel like that would make me gain. Sooo I need encouragement! Are you doing ok now that you've increased you intake? Will the weight actually come off?
(Sorry this was so long!)
The only thing to fear is fear itself.
I was like you guys before. Eating 500 calories, 800 calories, or 1000 calories thinking I would lose weight. In fact, you’re starving your body and slowing down your metabolism! Plus you can’t maintain at that rate in the long run and you feel exhausted and down all day.
The alternative is to eat a net calorie of 1200. That means if you’ve eaten 1200 calories and exercised, you need to eat back your exercise calorie! If you don’t, your deficit is too large and your body will store any food you consume into fat instead of burning it off. This is so crucial and so many girls don’t listen!
By eating more, I have more energy and lose weight happily! By eating more, you’re allowing your body to get all the nutrients, build muscles and recover from exercise. You won’t gain weight because you’ve increased your intake to 1200 calories, especially if they are healthy food. Your deficit is probably around 300-500 already by eating 1200, so you will still be losing weight. You might shed pounds slower, but you won’t be destroying your body and health. In the long run, this net 1200 calorie lifestyle can be maintained.
2 years ago
So many people have said that increasing their intake helped them get rid of the last 10 pounds. Yeah, it’s hard and scary to eat more. But if this has shown results, I’m willing to give it a go.
I’m also going to do more strength training. That’s another key to losing the last 10 lb.