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Calorie deficit but still maintaining weight?

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I just put my eating data on cronometer.com and saw that I was 45% fat, 30% protein, 25% carb. I was fine with that and everything but then saw that I was eating only 1700 calories a day. That is like 900 cals under what is recommended for me so I was surprised to see it (I want to maintain weight, not lose). I exercise daily and was wondering if others who exercise also maintain weight despite low calorie intake? Also, does anyone know why I am not losing weight despite this huge deficit?

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0 · April 01, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I think doing some intermittent fasting has helped me be able to eat a lot less and not be starving

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0 · April 01, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Nice to know that the calorie things may be off.. that would make more sense. If I missed any food, it may be about 100 calories or so of oils so not too big of a swing. And correct about carbs, I feel that 100g +/- 10g is right in the range I need energy wise. Thanks for the info!

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245 · April 01, 2014 at 2:48 AM

If you're burning more than you're taking in then you are losing weight, no way around it. The question is, are you consuming more than you think or burning less than you think or improving composition and not noticing fat loss?

Not really sure what the problem would be unless you have medical issues? (Thyroid?)

Possible solutions:

Protein fast to budge your weight loss?

Make sure to consume no carbs after your workouts. (insulin stops the fat burning)(protein after is ok)

No carbs in the morning.

Disclaimer: No clue what I'm talking about, get second opinions.

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0 · April 01, 2014 at 2:27 AM

I intermittent fast breakfast of lunch typically which could be a reason for the lower calorie. My appetite is very regulated surprisingly.. which is why I was asking you guys for reasons on why this may be!

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26182 · April 01, 2014 at 1:20 PM

People are not the same. The BMR needs of everyone who is 5'9" an 175 lbs will be wildly different. The BMR that they present is an average. Best way to identify your caloric load is to eat when hungry and see whether you gain/loose weight.

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15385 · April 01, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I am not sure about those calories-per-day metrics, I am over 200 pounds and rarely eat over 2000 calories per day. It says to maintain my weight I should be eating 2200-2500 but if I did that I'd gain weight, and I am pretty active (Crossfit 3-4x per week).

When I first went Paleo and was losing weight I was eating only about 1200 calories per day (I counted carefully), this finally increased after a few months.

The calorie counts on the web sites are just estimates and it is easy to over-eat things like nuts and oil, so you might be eating more calories than you think.

According to what you said you're eating about 100g of carbs per day, which is probably good to maintain your weight, if you are interested in losing weight you might decrease that slightly, or increase your exercise. I wouldn't go super low carb though (i.e. less than 50g), that can be difficult to do and maintain.

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0 · April 01, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Nice to know that the calorie things may be off.. that would make more sense. If I missed any food, it may be about 100 calories or so of oils so not too big of a swing. And correct about carbs, I feel that 100g +/- 10g is right in the range I need energy wise. Thanks for the info!

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245 · April 01, 2014 at 2:23 AM

You're probably not counting your calories properly.

With that much of a deficit you should be quite hungry.

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0 · April 01, 2014 at 2:44 PM

I think doing some intermittent fasting has helped me be able to eat a lot less and not be starving

E32841079d4213aaf87328b077a9ce70
0 · April 01, 2014 at 2:27 AM

I intermittent fast breakfast of lunch typically which could be a reason for the lower calorie. My appetite is very regulated surprisingly.. which is why I was asking you guys for reasons on why this may be!

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