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    Are my calories too low??

    Ive been eating 1500 calories a day to lose weight for a while now. But someone told me its unhealthy to eat this low specially for my weight 313 lbs (used to be 440 lbs) and that ill always be hungry. Calorie calculator says I should eat 2500 calories a day but im scared I wont lose weight considering its way higher than what im used to.

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    That is quite low. But actually, when you are fatter, you can run a larger deficit and get away without ill health effects. The health benefits of losing weight quickly might well outweigh the risks associated with fast weight loss.

    The rule of thumb is don't try to lose more than 1% per week - for you this is 3lbs so perhaps it's not unreasonable.

    just make sure you get enough protein and fruit and veg - and don't entirely avoid "good" fats either. Oily fish is a good one. Or avocado, nuts etc.
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    Originally Posted by SuffolkPunch View Post
    That is quite low. But actually, when you are fatter, you can run a larger deficit and get away without ill health effects. The health benefits of losing weight quickly might well outweigh the risks associated with fast weight loss.

    The rule of thumb is don't try to lose more than 1% per week - for you this is 3lbs so perhaps it's not unreasonable.

    just make sure you get enough protein and fruit and veg - and don't entirely avoid "good" fats either. Oily fish is a good one. Or avocado, nuts etc.
    Ok sounds good! I guess ill continue on 1500 calories, and if I feel hungry ill allow myself to eat a bit more..
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    How long have you been at this calorie amount and how much have you lost? Your answer will determine how many weekly calories you're taking in and this is the number to look at.
    If you don't get what you want you didn't want it bad enough
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    How long have you been at this calorie amount and how much have you lost? Your answer will determine how many weekly calories you're taking in and this is the number to look at.
    Ive been doing this for a year and a half
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    Originally Posted by fays12 View Post
    Ive been doing this for a year and a half
    thats only about a 700 per day deficit. You’re eating a lot more than 1500 calories a day on average probably close to double that
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    You are most likely not calculating your caloric intake correctly. At this weight with 1500 calories you would lose **** ton of weight. Maybe you are not counting liquid calories, or you are not taking into account everything you eat.
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    Originally Posted by LeanDude84 View Post
    You are most likely not calculating your caloric intake correctly. At this weight with 1500 calories you would lose **** ton of weight. Maybe you are not counting liquid calories, or you are not taking into account everything you eat.
    Or... he's eating back the calories that he thinks he's burning through exercise for a supposed (but inaccurate) "net" 1500 cal/day.
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    Originally Posted by Tommy W. View Post
    thats only about a 700 per day deficit. You’re eating a lot more than 1500 calories a day on average probably close to double that
    I agree with this ^^^^. If OP actaully ate 1500 calories a day for a week, he'd be chewing on his fingers...
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