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Old 08-09-2009, 07:11 PM   #1
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I am a 39 year old woman, I am 5 feet 4 inches tall. I weigh 200 pounds.

I have been eating between 1400 to 1600 calories a day for the past 2 weeks, I have lost 10 pounds in the past month.

Before I was eating so much a day, probably 2500 to 3000 calories.

Does it seem like I am starving myself, or am I in a good predicament here.

I have been watching what I am eating, where before if I seen it and it looked good, I ate it. But now if I see something that looks good, I eat just a bite or two, not the whole thing.

I wonder how much weight I can lose by eating like this for the next month. I don't want to lose it too fast because then I fear of gaining it back.

My father in law only eats 1200 calories a day when he is on a diet and I don't think that is good for him even at his age and his activity level.


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Re: Are the calories I eat good for me?

Hello! I think your calorie range sounds very reasonable. 1200 calories is definitely at the low end and you should never go under that amount. Many people need more calories than 1200, so your range sounds healthy. I probably ate around that much when I was losing weight and I am your height as well. Now that I'm maintaining, I eat around 1800 calories a day, and I do work out often. Just make sure you are eating plenty of healthy foods and getting enough nutrients. Meals should be balanced with different food groups. For example, you'll want to make sure you are eatnig enough protein. I know so many people who don't eat enough protein and have a difficult time losing weight. I try to cut back on sweets (other than fruit) and processed foods, pasta, and breads. I eat plenty of fruits and veggies, lean meat, and healthy sources of carbs. After I stopped eating so many lean cuisines, I got into better shape! I think I was also having too much sodium in the past and would hold on to extra water weight.

Good luck to you! 10 pounds per month sounds reasonable, but even 5 per month is a good amount. I usually aim for 1-2 pounds of weight loss per week to avoid losing it too quickly.

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