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Old 01-27-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default i dont understand the calarie restriction part

When it says calarie restriction, does that mean that's the # of cals you can eat without gaining weight, or you have to restrict that? If it means restrict, restrict from WHAT.....because i didnt know how many calaries i was eating before I started my diet. In the 'calaries you can eat' section it shows a ridiculously low #...I am very confused by this. How do i find out how many calaries me age /weight/activity level needs a day and how many to lose weight? If you burn a basil rate of about 2000 calaries, doesnt that mean you can eat 2000 calaries without gaining weight because you burn it off? Anything above that you will start to gain after every 3500 adds up?

Is there an easier way to figure this out???im really confused.
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Old 01-27-2011, 12:40 AM   #2
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If you've entered all your stats (ht/wt/age and "lifestyle type") and a weight goal the number you get for "calorie restriction" should be fairly accurate.

The restriction is the number of calories per day that you must stay under your daily calorie burn (which is "basal metabolism" plus exercise).

If you burn 2,000 calories a day, and want to lose one pound a week, you must maintain, on average, a calorie restriction of 500 calories per day. (3500 pound of fat divided by 500 calorie per day restriction = a 1 lb. loss per 7 days).

Make sense?

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Old 01-27-2011, 01:16 AM   #3
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If the number you can eat seems extremely low, it probably means that you set your goal weight and date such that you will need to lose too much in too short a period of time.

I use this calculator, which gives you about (I think) a one-pound per week loss: Calorie Calculator - Daily Caloric Needs
It gives you what to eat for maintenance and for loss of about 2 pounds per week, also (extreme fat loss number).

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