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Calories ... again ...

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Hi TT fam... it's time for me to obsess about calories again!

In various areas around the forum we've been talking about daily calorie intake, and I'm second-guessing myself on where I should be at this point.  I'm just over 6 months out, and probably getting between 800-1000 calories per day.  I'd say it's probably about half and half - some days 800ish, some days around 1000. 

My weight loss has been going fine, so it's not really about that... more like what am I doing to myself for the long haul.  I've started to worry - am I eating too few calories and hurting my metabolism?  Will I get to my goal weight (fingers crossed!) and find that I have to stay at this calorie level to maintain? 

I'd love to see some stories from you vets about how many calories you averaged during the honeymoon/weight loss phase, vs how many you have ended up with to maintain.  And also from some of my fellow n00bs about what your plans are!  I know it varies widely from person to person!  Just not sure if I should think about upping my calorie count at this phase (not carbs!) to see how that goes, or stay where I am until I hit goal.  I'm pretty comfortable where I am, never hungry or anything.  I just want to be sure I'm doing it all as right as I can.  :) 

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I've just checked my journal Kio and I was around the 800/900 calories a day by the 5 month mark but I had to work at that.  My NUT was fine with that provided I got my protein in.

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8 minutes ago, cinwa said:

I've just checked my journal Kio and I was around the 800/900 calories a day by the 5 month mark but I had to work at that.  My NUT was fine with that provided I got my protein in.

Sounds about where I am... I don't work at it, except that I have to have 4 meals a day to do it and still meet my protein goals (just failed to finish two whole slices of chicken lunch meat!)  At what calorie level are you maintaining these days?

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I maintain at about 2,000 calories a day. 

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I maintain on an average of 1,700 calories a day.

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I’m about 1800.  During the honeymoon phase I squeezed every calorie.  I stayed as low as I could.  If choosing between 2 nutritionally similar items and one had 5 less calories, I picked that one.  

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I was about 800 to 1000 calories in active weight loss and now maintain on between 1500 and 1800, depending on activity level.

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I was at around 800 calories when I was where you are, @Kio. Some days a bit more, some days a bit less. 

Right now, I'm eating 1200-1300 and I think I'm losing really really slowly (although I want to stop), so I need to bump up again. I have to work a fair bit at getting in 1200-1300, so more will be a bit tricky. 

Online calculators tell me I should be able to eat like 1800-2000 calories per day (taking into account my height, weight, sex, and activity level), which makes my eyes get very very wide, but we'll see. They also say I should be losing about a half pound or thereabouts per week at my current intake, which seems like it might be true.

It sounds like you're basically on track with a lot of us here - is that the RIGHT way? I think no one knows. I've scoured the internet for studies on whether different intakes during the active losing phase makes a difference in long-term metabolism, but I think this is just outside the realm of the known in bariatric science right now. It makes me feel like going back to school to be a medical researcher, but then I remember I'm 43 and pretty strongly invested in not going back to school - another 10 years of it is probably not a great idea :lol: I don't think they count MAs in my field toward much of anything in med school.

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