Nutrition Question

By: lokaupdes34
12/17/2020 3:35 AM

Hello, I am the fattest I have ever been in my life (347 lbs) and I have been starting down the path to lose weight, and I have been tracking my calories in my fitness pal. The problem that I have been having is I have been keeping my calories to about 2000 a day and I have been walking, but the weight really hasn’t been coming off. My question is: am I consuming too few calories? My fitness pal says that I have to consume 3000 calories a day to lose 2 lbs per week and 4000 calories to maintain my body weight. Also I wanted to add I’m 25, lightly active at work (band director) and I’m 6’1”. Thank you so much.

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By: MikeD84
12/17/2020 9:36 AM

Let me start by saying that I am no professional when it comes to nutrition and weight loss, but I did lose 30lbs using my fitness pal and walking/running prior to the holidays. I'm off the MFP wagon for now with the holidays and all but still down 15lbs from my starting weight.

With all that said, it is possible that you are consuming too few calories and as a result your metabolism is slowing and instead of losing weight you're maintaining. My suggestion would be to eat at least 3000-3300 calories a day for the next two weeks and see how your body responds to that. If you haven't already, invest in a good food scale, measuring cups and spoons. Measure and weight everything you eat correctly. My guess is that if you are truly measuring and weighing everything you eat the weight should begin to melt off.

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By: hatterasnc
12/17/2020 6:05 PM

Aren't any of you internet detectives going to accuse this guy of being a troll? Monkey

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By: Blue Fish
1/22/2021 8:42 AM

Hello, I am the fattest I have ever been in my life (347 lbs) and I have been starting down the path to lose weight, and I have been tracking my calories in my fitness pal. The problem that I have been having is I have been keeping my calories to about 2000 a day and I have been walking, but the weight really hasn’t been coming off. My question is: am I consuming too few calories? My fitness pal says that I have to consume 3000 calories a day to lose 2 lbs per week and 4000 calories to maintain my body weight. Also I wanted to add I’m 25, lightly active at work (band director) and I’m 6’1”. Thank you so much.

lokaupdes34


There are many, many variables, but here's a simple rule to go with: Whatever your weight is add a zero and that's the number of calories you burn in a day. In your case - 347 - is 3,470 calories. One pound is 3,500 calories so if you are doing 2,000 calories a day, then you are going to lose almost three pounds a week. Your metabolic rate, level of activity, etc move the needle, but again, this is a simple guideline. Good luck!

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By: target
1/22/2021 12:44 PM

Eating too few calories can be an issue. Have you considered intermittent fasting? Something like 16 hours of not eating and then a window of 8 hours to eat? It can be an adjustment but is doable. The idea is to eat sensibly during a certain, limited time...and then drink only water or unsweet tea/coffee (no diet drinks) during the fasting phase. People have had great results and it is something that can be sustained as you do not, necessarily, restrict any food type.

Part of the reason it is thought to work is that you are keeping your insulin levels relatively stable and lower much of the day. Obviously if you eat 3 Big Macs, large fires and 2 gallons of sugary soda during the eating window....it would fail.

I am doing an 18/6 program (eat only from 11:30 AM until 5:30 PM) and feel great. It is working for me.

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By: sd1199
2/3/2021 8:43 AM

First question to ask your self is are you tracking accurately and tracking everything? Are you weighing your food or using portion sizing(palm size etc). It is easy to grab a handful of chips or something and skip tracking(I do it all the time). Are you splurging on the weekends?

I had great success on a program called "Stronger U" , but there is a monthly cost. You might want to look into an app called Macrostaxx(I personally use this)

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