I am trying to lose weight after some time out of the gym. I’ve recently gone back and have cut my calories severely to about 1200 calories daily.
I’m 22 years old about 5′ 10″ and am about 205 lbs., and that’s mostly fat. I do elliptical 5 times a week for about 30 minutes burning around 300-400 calories a session and then go straight to a one hour weight lifting regimen.
Not only have I not seen results after 3-4 weeks, but I don’t think it’s healthy. I tend to feel tired and worn out.
So, how many calories should I be consuming to lose the maximum amount of weight AND build muscle as well?
Thank you for any help you can give me…..Shayne – MSJC student
MSJC Eagles need energy to soar! You’re right that 1200 Calories isn’t enough. For your age, height, weight & gender about 1800-2100 Calories is recommended for weight loss—based on a calculation of 2300-2600 Calories you would need to maintain your current weight. Remember, these are ONLY estimates on paper… if you KNOW how many Calories you ate previously, then just subtract 500 from that total to lose weight.
What you’re eating makes a big difference; choose satisfying and wholesome foods at the right times to support your workout. CLICK HERE for a full article of more tips. – Debbie J., MS, RD
Do you have a question about your diet or nutrition? Ask our dietitian by submitting your question to firstname.lastname@example.org or simply ask it in the COMMENTS section below.
CLICK HERE to learn how to subscribe to LIVING HEALTHY!