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How many calories are you taking in? I am almost one year out and I am trying to judge if I am on track with normal calorie consumption. I am taking in 1000 to 1200 calories a day. Is this too much, not enough?

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Your question makes me wonder yet again what the best method is for tracking (I have been having a hard time deciding what is best for me---counting Protein, cals, carbs, fat...ugh!!)1000-1200 seems about right for someone of my age/size/gender, but seems low for a male...I always thought it was closer to 2000 a day for a man, but not sure if that's to maintain where you are or lose...sorry, guess I'm no help, but your topic is one I, too ponder. I thought about counting cals, but have decided to count my carbs instead, as those seem to be the hardest for me to resist, and I figure if I stay under 50 net per day, I should see some results...counting cals always seems like the least complicated to me...maybe I should do that...ooohhh decisions, decisions, good luck to you!!

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My surgeons binder of information states for us to get 800-1000 calories a day.

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There's a lot that goes into that question post op 1 year.

Are you hungry? Do you exercise? Are you losing? Are you making daily Protein requirement? Are you close to goal?

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For what it's worth, this is how I see it....

Every time I'm weighed at my doctor's office, I get a Body Compisition Analyzer readout, it states a BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) with the number of kcal's. For example, mine said 1714. From what I've read, that's the number of calories I need to eat per day to MAINTAIN my current weight. Since I want to LOSE, I need to consume less than that number. If I want to lose a pound a week, I need to cut 3500 calories out of my maintenance allotment each week. 3500/7=500 calories a day to cut.

1714-500=1214 a day. If I want to loose two pound a week, I need to cut 1000 calories out of my daily maintenance allotment.

1714-1000=714 a day. Of course, I exercise daily and burn about 650 calories a day doing an hour on the elliptical. I eat those calories..... So, I can eat 714+ 650 (exercising) and be near the amount of calories needed to lose a pound a week.

THERE IS A GOOD CHANCE I AM COMPLETY WRONG ABOUT ALL OF THIS. But, that's how my mind grasps it. Of course, every body is different and everybody has a different metabolism, expends different amouns of calories each day, etc.

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