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more calories?
more calories?
1/22/13 2:34 PM
I would like some input into whether I need more calories to increase my weight loss.

I am currently 235 lbs, 5-11, 36 yrs old and male. I am on day 57 of P90X (haven't missed a day yet) and started at 240 lbs. I have only lost about 1 lb since day 30. A little back history, I started Power 90 in September and did that for 12 weeks and lost 17 lbs prior to starting P90X. Doing Power 90, I was eating about 2000 calories a day and losing about 1.5lbs a week, but that started to slow down towards the end of 12 weeks. I tried to do the same amount of calories when starting P90X but didn't have enough energy so I bumped it up to 2200-2300 calories. That worked for awhile, but the weight loss has been slow still and I still felt like I could use a little more energy. (I am losing some inches and have gained strength, but I was hoping for more weight loss too).

I have since upped my calories to about 2500 and haven't seen much change the past couple of weeks. In doing more research I see some website calculators say I should be eating up to 3700 calories to maintain...so subtracting about a 1000 calories (2lbs a week) would be about 2700 calories. I do have to say that I have not stuck to the nutrition the best over the past 30 days with being the holidays and all, I have still been decent, but some days were tough.


My questions:
Should I try 2500 for awhile longer or try bumping it more?
Also, any insight on whether having a metabolic test for RMR and/or VO2 is worthwhile?

Thanks!
Kyle
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RE: more calories?
1/22/13 3:48 PM as a reply to kgronseth25.
kgronseth25:
I would like some input into whether I need more calories to increase my weight loss.

I am currently 235 lbs, 5-11, 36 yrs old and male. I am on day 57 of P90X (haven't missed a day yet) and started at 240 lbs. I have only lost about 1 lb since day 30. A little back history, I started Power 90 in September and did that for 12 weeks and lost 17 lbs prior to starting P90X. Doing Power 90, I was eating about 2000 calories a day and losing about 1.5lbs a week, but that started to slow down towards the end of 12 weeks. I tried to do the same amount of calories when starting P90X but didn't have enough energy so I bumped it up to 2200-2300 calories. That worked for awhile, but the weight loss has been slow still and I still felt like I could use a little more energy. (I am losing some inches and have gained strength, but I was hoping for more weight loss too).

I have since upped my calories to about 2500 and haven't seen much change the past couple of weeks. In doing more research I see some website calculators say I should be eating up to 3700 calories to maintain...so subtracting about a 1000 calories (2lbs a week) would be about 2700 calories. I do have to say that I have not stuck to the nutrition the best over the past 30 days with being the holidays and all, I have still been decent, but some days were tough.


My questions:
Should I try 2500 for awhile longer or try bumping it more?
Also, any insight on whether having a metabolic test for RMR and/or VO2 is worthwhile?

Thanks!
Kyle


Hey Kyle,

congratulations on 57 days of P90X! that is awesome.

Before doing any tests I would advise you to try and increase your calories to 2700-2800 a day. I calculated that you should be around that range and if you are doing P90X and feel you could use some more energy it's worth a week or 2 to try this increased calorie range - see how you feel and if you get the change you want.

I'm assuming you are logging your diet since you know what your calories are at. the thing I would advise is get back on the nutrition wagon! Back to eating clean with a 40/40/20 diet.

Keep up the great work 57 days and counting! Its going to kick in for you.


Coach Donna
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RE: more calories?
1/23/13 7:50 AM as a reply to CoachDonna12.
CoachDonna12:
kgronseth25:
I would like some input into whether I need more calories to increase my weight loss.

I am currently 235 lbs, 5-11, 36 yrs old and male. I am on day 57 of P90X (haven't missed a day yet) and started at 240 lbs. I have only lost about 1 lb since day 30. A little back history, I started Power 90 in September and did that for 12 weeks and lost 17 lbs prior to starting P90X. Doing Power 90, I was eating about 2000 calories a day and losing about 1.5lbs a week, but that started to slow down towards the end of 12 weeks. I tried to do the same amount of calories when starting P90X but didn't have enough energy so I bumped it up to 2200-2300 calories. That worked for awhile, but the weight loss has been slow still and I still felt like I could use a little more energy. (I am losing some inches and have gained strength, but I was hoping for more weight loss too).

I have since upped my calories to about 2500 and haven't seen much change the past couple of weeks. In doing more research I see some website calculators say I should be eating up to 3700 calories to maintain...so subtracting about a 1000 calories (2lbs a week) would be about 2700 calories. I do have to say that I have not stuck to the nutrition the best over the past 30 days with being the holidays and all, I have still been decent, but some days were tough.


My questions:
Should I try 2500 for awhile longer or try bumping it more?
Also, any insight on whether having a metabolic test for RMR and/or VO2 is worthwhile?

Thanks!
Kyle


Hey Kyle,

congratulations on 57 days of P90X! that is awesome.

Before doing any tests I would advise you to try and increase your calories to 2700-2800 a day. I calculated that you should be around that range and if you are doing P90X and feel you could use some more energy it's worth a week or 2 to try this increased calorie range - see how you feel and if you get the change you want.

I'm assuming you are logging your diet since you know what your calories are at. the thing I would advise is get back on the nutrition wagon! Back to eating clean with a 40/40/20 diet.

Keep up the great work 57 days and counting! Its going to kick in for you.


Coach Donna


Thanks Donna for the reply.

I use My Fitness Pal to track all my food which I love since I can do it on my phone. I'll maybe bump up the calories and little more and see how it goes. It's frustrating shooting for the 40/40/20 ratios since my weight loss has slowed since tracking macronutrients. When I lost the 17lbs on Power 90 I was counting calories only and not paying any attention to the macronutrients.

-Kyle
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