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I wasn't given a minimum calorie limit? What is yours? I think my Doctor is a bit free-range!!

It depends on your RMR, which is largely based on height, weight, age and gender. A lot of women are told around 1000-1200 calories. I am pretty tall so I was targeting 1200-1500 at first, and was usually hitting 1250-1300. However, I was hungry and having a hard time getting enough Protein with that range. Around that time I had my thyroid re-checked and my endocrinologist said I was not getting enough calories/protein. I upped it to 1500-1800. After that, I felt better and started losing faster. But that's just me - you should ask your doctor what's best for you. Good luck!

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Wow, I would never be able to get that down! I can see why you are struggling!

I'm hitting maximum 400 calories a day and that is pushing it! I have no hunger at all but I have been taking Protein shakes to keep up the Protein intake. I better call my Doctor, wouldn't want to starve myself (ha ha ha!!) Never thought I'd say that in a sentence before!

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That was not me who was struggling ... well, other than at first, and then just to get my Protein in after that for a bit. :-) But I normalized pretty quickly. I, too, was at 400 calories the first few days (heck, less than that!). But that's not enough for anyone, regardless of their size ... and especially not for me. If that continues for too long, muscle will be lost instead of fat. So it's important to find out what the best target calorie and Protein levels are for you, and to get there as soon as you are able. Best wishes!

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My calorie intake is 1200 for now and I'm really struggling to get to it but I am getting closer every day. Today wasn't a good day but I'm in Louisiana so it could have been too much heat for me. I am definitely feeling the fullness feeling

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My calorie intake is 1200 for now and I'm really struggling to get to it but I am getting closer every day. Today wasn't a good day but I'm in Louisiana so it could have been too much heat for me. I am definitely feeling the fullness feeling

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But to already be pushing 1200 is phenomenal!! And depending on your build, that may be all you need. Just make sure you get enough Protein ... for me that was the hardest part. Keep up the great work!! :-)

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I did want to mention that I have found the bariatastic app to be great for charting my food, calories, Protein, Water, and it connects to your fitbit! It's really user friendly

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I have not tried that. I may have to give it a whirl. Thanks for the tip!! :-)

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That's amazing! Ok, I better find out. I'm really short so I am sure it will be pretty low.

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Ok, spoke to the Dr and he said that the first week or two the calories can be very low as long as you have some Protein and are keeping fluids down. After two weeks he suggests a 1000 calorie goal per day. I could normally finish that watching one show on Netflix....so this should be interesting!!

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Ok, spoke to the Dr and he said that the first week or two the calories can be very low as long as you have some Protein and are keeping fluids down. After two weeks he suggests a 1000 calorie goal per day. I could normally finish that watching one show on Netflix....so this should be interesting!!

Did he give you a goal number for Protein?

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No he didn't! I think my Doctor is a hippie :) I have called and left a message.

60-80 grams of Protein seems doable.

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i haven't been given a calorie or Protein intake at this point either. but i can barely manage what i am taking in at the moment.. it's a struggle. the fact that i don't want to eat but have to force myself.. never thought id have that problem!

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Hi all, how are you all doing? I am currently overseas on business but I thought I would check-in with everyone. I am doing great and happy to report I have lost 9kgs (19 pounds!) in just under two weeks! With a low-ish BMI to start with I am completely stunned by the results! I've feeling fantastic and the only thing I can not eat is lettuce! For some reason it just kills my stomach. Discomfort is about a 2, no pain, no nausea, no smelly burps. I am vegetarian though so I think that helps as I don't have any meat sitting on the balloon. I am eating as normal but can not manage more that 600 calories a day. I am having Protein shakes which are helping. But generally I am very happy.

I also managed the 14 hour flight to Dubai no problem and am currently in 50 degree heat and managing just fine! Not lightheaded or anything. I have been so blessed and I hope all of you have as positive an experience.

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Hi all, how are you all doing? I am currently overseas on business but I thought I would check-in with everyone. I am doing great and happy to report I have lost 9kgs (19 pounds!) in just under two weeks! With a low-ish BMI to start with I am completely stunned by the results! I've feeling fantastic and the only thing I can not eat is lettuce! For some reason it just kills my stomach. Discomfort is about a 2, no pain, no nausea, no smelly burps. I am vegetarian though so I think that helps as I don't have any meat sitting on the balloon. I am eating as normal but can not manage more that 600 calories a day. I am having Protein shakes which are helping. But generally I am very happy.

I also managed the 14 hour flight to Dubai no problem and am currently in 50 degree heat and managing just fine! Not lightheaded or anything. I have been so blessed and I hope all of you have as positive an experience.

Hi! Yay for you! That is awesome! I am doing and feeling great! Haven't lost any more pounds by I am definitely loosing inches! I am eating great, and getting about 800 calories

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