Thursday, August 14, 2008

Calorie Counting Tip #6

I officially started counting calories again yesterday and have been surprised at how easy it's been. Of course, not having much money (as I recently moved out on my own) makes it easier as I actually don't have much food, at least not much of the really tempting stuff, to eat!

Anyway, a few weeks ago my cousin's wife gave me a great tip for knowing how many calories one should eat to be able to lose weight without starving oneself. Take your weight and add a zero to it. That's it! Some examples:

  • 140 lbs = 1400 calories
  • 155 lbs = 1550 calories
  • 170 lbs = 1700 calories
  • 215 lbs = 2150 calories
As you lose weight your body needs less calories, so this tip makes it easy to keep your calorie intake in proportion to your weight loss.


Marie said... I'm wondering if you're really short (like me) and fat, how that works? I shouldn't weigh as much as I do, so will I really lose weight if I eat as much as someone that's "supposed to be" this weight? Does it not take height into account at all? Thanks Rachel, and good luck starting again! I just started WW again last Friday. We'll see how it goes - this week I wasn't very "good" and my birthday is next week. Oh well, gotta start sometime!

Rachel said...

I don't know about height and all that, so of course this tip is completely unprofessional. When I first started counting calories (at 165 lbs) I worked to eat around 1600 calories, and then as I lost weight I dropped the calories to compensate, so it worked for me and I didn't feel like I was starving myself or yo-yo'ing. I'm also short, at 5' 2" and as long as I work out (including regular walking) and count calories I lose weight. If I do one but not the other I don't lose weight but just maintain. Hope that helps!

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