Confused about calories?

To losse weight your calorie intake should be 1400, I have a high BMI, someone before told me I need to eat more and to use a bmi calculater telling me how more, it indicated I should eat atleast 1926 calories a day, I tried this? But it was to much I felt over full, so I cut down to 1800 but yet this made me overfull as well? Should I cut down to 1600 calories?

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  • Hi Chinkyofficial1,

    I don't really know too much about calorie intake and BMI, but if you felt overfull on 1800 calories, then I don't see why you shouldn't cut down to 1600 and see how you feel? I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will answer your question better - I hope you have a good week and that you find a balance so you can achieve your goals and achieve a healthy weight loss. Losing between 1 and 2 pounds a week is recommended as a healthy rate to lose weight. Have you looked at the NHS website for the 12 week plan? I find that concentrating on eating healthy foods and controlling my portion sizes as well as doing regular exercise has been a good balance.

    Wishing you all the best with your goals.

    Lowcal :-)

  • I am on the 12week plan and 1400 was to less I was starving so badly, so ichecked my bmi :) and today im full on 1414, im not letting food control me no more, thankyou :)

  • I think you will find if you are counting calories accurately and to do that you have to count every veg every flavoured water, sugar free or not, every bit of fruit and to be accurate you should weigh most food that is not packaged, then you will not be over full for long on 1800 or 1900 calories. It is not necessary to be hungry to lose weight. If you set the bmi calculator to 2lb a week loss or took the lowest recommended end of the nhs calculator this will be approx 1000 calories a day less than you need to maintain weight. Try double checking on my meal mate app it is simple to use and once you have found how to use it, it's very clear how much you should be eating.

    It may be that you are eating very differently from what you used to eat which can make you feel a little bloated, it's more likely that you are very keen on your first week and are not allowing yourself any treats so are finding the allowance quite generous. This will passafter the first couple of weeks. If you are using the figure for 2lb a week loss then you will have been eating 3000calories a day before the diet just to maintain weight.

    I too am on a high calorie allowance due to being tall and very heavy. I am on 1800 calories and at first this felt generous but the novelty is wearing off now and it needs thought to stay within in it.

    i would suggest you

    1. make sure you are recording everything

    2. Check portions and weigh things where they are not in a packaged size

    3. Give it a few days for your digestion to settle down if you have changed your diet radically

    4. Don't forget to recheck your allowance as you lose weight

    5. If you got the figure from the nhs bmi calculator double check it with my meal mate making sure it is set for 2lb a week loss

    6. Make sure you were totally honest about activity levels in the calculator

    just to show it does work on my first week on 1800 calories I lost 7.5lb and I do no exercise as I am a wheelchair user so it does work. You do not have to be hungry if you are seriously overweight to lose weight.

  • Thankyou for a very detailed reply you hace helped me more than enough, I did use the end result of 1929 but iwill double check, tanx

  • One other thing occurred to me is you also have to count the calories in any cooking materials too. So if you use a teaspoon or tablespoon of oil to cook something in then the calories in that count too. It's easy to forget it because you don't see it. Good Luck

  • That is what i have been doing

  • based on your original question, it might be useful to take into account what it is that you eat to reach your calorie target.. eating extra fast food for example might be more of all the wrong sorts of foods.. there was a point when I couldn't reach my calorie goal and I was advised to try a tablespoon of peanut butter (or 2) depending on how much I needed to add.. it's still healthy, and while it's extra fat- it's the right kind of fat

    I hope this helps :) good luck!

  • Hi laila, I can't seem to reach my goal of calouries evan on my meal mate, I excersize regularly and eat healthy, all sorts of goodfood, an munch on icecream and stuff to keep my calouries up yet im stil eating less than my mealmate evan suggested

  • that can be frustrating.. just make sure you're eating healthy things to increase your calorie intake, like nuts or peanut butter (2 tablespoons of peanut butter adds up to about 188 calories) to make up for it, that way you won't be feeling too full or eating unhealthily to compensate.. I would double check your calorie requirements though, personally I've been sticking to 1,200 - 1,400 per day without getting hungry - I'm 1m73cm.

    I hope it works out :)

  • Try putting butter on your veggies if you need more calories?

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