Originally Posted by orbchaser
Hi...I was just diagnosed with type 2. The doc told me that along with exercise, that I shouldn't exceed 150g of carbs a day, which isn't the problem. She told me not to exceed 1200 calories a day?! I thought the more u weighed, the more calories u needed in the beginning. I'm only 5'2 and I weigh 240 lbs. Shouldn't I be allowed at least 1500 calories a day?
Just by breathing, digesting....you burn a certain amount of calories. This amount depends on your muscle mass and metabolism. Call this your 'base burn rate'.
On top of that you burn calories by excercisig. If you are walking about 8 miles a day you are burning over 1000 calories doing that. The amount depends a on your weight
So you add your amount from excercising to your base burn rate. What you burn has to be greater than what you take in. The bigger the difference, the faster you lose weight.
BUT If your body is getting too few calories, your 'base burn rate' might actually go down.
You have to find the right amount of calories. You have to increase your muscle mass to increase your burn rate. You have to give your body the right amount of proteins to feed the muscle building to increase your base burn rate.
As suggested, a dietician can help you find the right balance. Some calories are better in preventing fat storage.
If you want to lose a lot in little time, you may have to go very low in calories, but too low can make things less efficient.