Doesn't seem right, but it's working
October 12, 2011 10:12 AM Subscribe
I've found a successful routine for losing weight, but I'm confused about my calorie requirements seemingly being much lower than everyone else's.
posted by naju to Health & Fitness (31 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I fear that this question will lead to trouble, but here goes. I'm 5'11" and 193 lbs (much of which is belly), so I'm not obese but certainly qualify as overweight. I exercise moderately-to-vigorously 3-4 times a week. According to online calculators, my daily caloric needs should be fairly significant; here's what one calculator shows for my stats:
Maintenance: 2564 calories/day
Fat Loss: 2051 calories/day
Extreme Fat Loss: 1544 calories/day
But the reality seems totally different. Including the deficit from exercise, and based on counting calories meticulously for the past 3 months: 1600-2000 calories, I start putting on weight. 1200-1600 gets me in a safe maintenance zone. The only way I'm reliably, consistently losing weight is when I go under 1200. For example, after 3 weeks of eating in the 1200-1500 range and maintaining, yesterday I got fed up and went with a 750 calorie day. This morning I weighed myself and had instantly dropped half a pound from my previous lowest figure.
I'd honestly be fine with consuming so few calories for a majority of any given week. I feel like I'm getting the nutrients I need (greens, veggies, protein) and I'm feeling full. But according to any calculator you find this seems like way too little. And every single person on every diet/exercise forum warns like crazy about dropping below 1200, putting your body into starvation mode where it will apparently cling to fat and destroy your metabolism.
My worry is that my metabolism is screwed already, and so any 'healthy' calorie consumption standard will simply not work for me. Any help?