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    BMR vs Actual Caloric Intake

    My BMR across a bunch of online calculators averages around 1400 calories..
    Is it bad to eat below that?
    Say 1200 calories max a day along with cardio?

    Mainly wondering if that's counter-productive? (ie: slowing my metabolism?)
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    Originally Posted by christina916 View Post
    My BMR across a bunch of online calculators averages around 1400 calories..
    Is it bad to eat below that?
    Say 1200 calories max a day along with cardio?

    Mainly wondering if that's counter-productive? (ie: slowing my metabolism?)
    i eat less than 700 calories and 90% of it comes from protein .. i do cardio 2 times a day
    morning cardio
    and post workout cardio

    weight lifting

    except 1 thing i do refeeds on fridays .. still losing BF%
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    Originally Posted by l3ig View Post
    i eat less than 700 calories and 90% of it comes from protein .. i do cardio 2 times a day
    morning cardio
    and post workout cardio

    weight lifting

    except 1 thing i do refeeds on fridays .. still losing BF%
    I do not think thats healthy?
    I want to also maintain proper nutrition and not deprive myself of needed nutrients and macros.
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    I do what works for me tbh ..

    and i don't think 200 calories less will do much damage to your metabolism
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    You need to understand the difference between BMR and your maintenance number. BMR is the amount of calories you burn by existing. If you woke up in the morning and laid in bed all day and went to sleep at the end of the day, you would be burning about 1400 calories. Any calories you burn through daily activities is your maintenance. So, your maintenance is probably around 2700, so theoretically, you could eat up to your maintenance level of calories and still lose fat. You don't have to eat fewer than 1400 if you don't want to because you are burning much more than 1400 calories every day.

    I hope this helps. =)
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    Originally Posted by Modest_Force View Post
    You need to understand the difference between BMR and your maintenance number. BMR is the amount of calories you burn by existing. If you woke up in the morning and laid in bed all day and went to sleep at the end of the day, you would be burning about 1400 calories. Any calories you burn through daily activities is your maintenance. So, your maintenance is probably around 2700, so theoretically, you could eat up to your maintenance level of calories and still lose fat. You don't have to eat fewer than 1400 if you don't want to because you are burning much more than 1400 calories every day.

    I hope this helps. =)
    Yeah my maintenance is much higher than my BMR, and thats kind of what I wanted to double check on.
    Because I feel like I am always hungry on 1200, which I have not enjoyed for the past 3 months or so LOL
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    I think most people are hungry on 1200 calories per day. Haha. Some people have the dedication to do it, but I don't. I'd rather be a little more full.
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    Good post by Mod Force.

    Those online calculators are estimations. Gives a general starting point.

    Your best bet would be to start around 300-500cals below maintenance and then adjust from there.
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    Mod Force: Lol, I am one of those people that has the dedication to diet: eating less is a lot easier for me...Actually keeping up on my exercise routine is where I fail

    Bateman: Thats exactly what I did, 1200 calories a day.
    And maintenance meaning the calories my body burns if I were to lay in bed all day?
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