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Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
03-07-2015, 08:29 PM
Post: #1
Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
I feel like this is so much food!

Here are my stats:

230 lbs
Female
65 inches (5'5")
I plan on exercising about 3-5 hours a week and doing 15% cut.

It is saying I should be eating 2402 calories a day...is this correct?

I have about 630 calories left to eat today and I am sooo full!

By the way, I decided not to do a reset because I just had a baby about 2 months ago and since then I've been eating pretty much whatever I want. Some days my calories were probably under BMR and some days probably over. I wasn't tracking anything. So I figured I could jump right into cut.
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03-07-2015, 09:06 PM
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RE: Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
Hi there! I'm new at this too with pretty similar stats (5'5", 238). I wear a fitness tracker device called a Shine (similar to a Fitbit) and I was dubious at it's claim that I burn an average of 2800 calories a day (averaging a month's worth of data). I work out maybe 2-3 hours a week...2 days on the bike, 2 days strength training, and 1 "whatever cardio" day. But I apparently move around a lot during the day doing housework, cooking, cleaning, and so on.

I was eating 1800-2000 calories for about a month and a half before I started EM2WL. I bumped it up to 2400 the first week and even though I had a slight bump on the scale, it went away and I still wound up losing about a pound for the week. This week it's been 2800 calories and I've dropped another pound happy So I don't think that sounds far off at all. A lot of it depends on your workout intensity, what kind of workouts you do, and the rest of your daily activities. You may be moving more than you think.

It does feel like a lot of food at first and I also felt stuffed and bloated a bit the first week. It helps me to focus and try to eat more earlier in the day and have more snacks. High calorie, low volume foods such as nuts, seeds, cheese, and dried fruit help as well.
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03-07-2015, 10:20 PM
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RE: Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
Oh thank you so much for your response! That puts my mind at ease. I was afraid I was eating too much!
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03-08-2015, 07:49 AM
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RE: Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
The best way to eat this way is to not eat a single low fat item. You want calorie dense foods.
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03-08-2015, 12:37 PM
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RE: Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
Welcome! So how old are you, like 27 or 28? If that is right, then your BMR is 1823, your TDEE is 2826 and a 15% cut is 2402.

You said: "Some days my calories were probably under BMR and some days probably over." If that is the case, then you were eating around 1800 calories, which might explain why you are feeling full eating 1772 calories. Did you mean BMR, or perhaps TDEE? Let us know. If it was BMR, then you might want to take that increase up to 2402 a little slowly, just to minimize any potential weight gain and that overly full feeling. Also, if you really were eating at or below BMR (not TDEE), you might want to consider a reset, depending on the length of time... Let us know --- just want to confirm which one.

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03-09-2015, 01:00 PM
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RE: Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
(03-08-2015 12:37 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Welcome! So how old are you, like 27 or 28? If that is right, then your BMR is 1823, your TDEE is 2826 and a 15% cut is 2402.

You said: "Some days my calories were probably under BMR and some days probably over." If that is the case, then you were eating around 1800 calories, which might explain why you are feeling full eating 1772 calories. Did you mean BMR, or perhaps TDEE? Let us know. If it was BMR, then you might want to take that increase up to 2402 a little slowly, just to minimize any potential weight gain and that overly full feeling. Also, if you really were eating at or below BMR (not TDEE), you might want to consider a reset, depending on the length of time... Let us know --- just want to confirm which one.

Yes, I am 28. Thank you for your response! I honestly wasn't tracking what I was eating, so I am only guessing at the fact that I was close to my BMR. (Not TDEE, I didn't really know what that was yet, lol.)

I'm on my 3rd day now and doing much better! I think I might have had too much fat my first day (just because I could!) and that made me overly full. Since then I've been trying to stick to the 40/30/30 ratios (40 being protein) and it is going much better.

I'm enjoying eating this amount of food. In the past when I followed more restrictive diets, it was usually on the 3rd day that Ifelt a binge coming on. Today is my 3rd day and that is the furthest thing from my mind. That's why I decided to try eatmore2weighless! After many, many years of terrible binging, I'm having some hope that this will help with that!
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03-09-2015, 03:00 PM
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RE: Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
Eating TDEE will never leave any space for bingeing xD you just feel too well for that. I mean usually if you eat more than TDEE, you definitely feel full and bloated.

So that's the good thing here happy I dealt with that for ages and haven't felt like bingeing for months.
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03-10-2015, 06:04 AM
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RE: Just starting out and want to make sure this is right
Don't worry about going over on fat - I do it all the time. It's fine. What I'd focus on is achieving your protein intake and then let everything else fall where it falls.
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