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Needing Some Advice!!(4 posts)

Needing Some Advice!!J-me
Jan 19, 2003 4:54 PM
Hi. This is my first post here, and I have a training question I thought you guys may be able to help with. I was in great shape last summer, but I became relatively sedentary last semester. I am a third-year veterinary student and last semester was extremely tough. I just seriously lost my motivation. Well, my goal is to race TTs this season, and I'm trying to get back into shape fast. My biggest problem is my weight. I gained probably 10 pounds last semester (which is horribly embarrasing). So, I was wondering how many calories I should eat a day to loose weight as quickly as possible, while still providing enough calories for some fairly intense workouts on the trainer. I am a 5'3" female. In terms of activity, I am in class most of the day (so I am sitting on my bum). My workouts right now are about 1 hour 6 days per week on the trainer doing a variety of workouts (intervals, high cadence). I would like to lose 10 pounds or so as quickly as possible (I weigh about 123-125 right now....which is a lot for me). I am also fairly obsessed about calories and really do not have a good idea on how many I can eat per day. I've checked out those calorie calculators, but they really aren't geared to what I'm trying to do. Thanks for all your help. :)
re: Needing Some Advice!!ParticleMan
Jan 19, 2003 5:32 PM
Hello there
I am not sure if this will help, but you can go to www.bicycling.com, and there's a calories burner calculator there, which comoputes how much you burn at what speed and time you spend riding.

For me, I lost about 12 lbs, but having just cut down on my food intake. I eat the same things, but in half amounts compared to before. I also emphasise on more protein, and less carbs for dinner. Also, I commute to work, a short distance of 8 miles, but I time-trial it.
Losing weightKerry
Jan 19, 2003 6:03 PM
If you think about this, you don't need a calorie calculator. Take your current consumption and subtract 500 per day to lose one lb. per week. Subtract 1000 per day to lose 2 lb per week. This is because one lb. of fat contains 3500 calories. 2 lb. per week is the fastest you can safely lose weight. You might not be able to lose that fast and still have the energy for hard training - this is an individual thing. To make this work for you, try to shif your calorie deficit to the evening, so that you go to bed hungry. That way, your body will be consuming fat all night instead of the food you had left in your stomach. Plus, it is "easier" to be hungry when you are asleep! A 500 calorie daily deficit means being a bit hungry much of the time, and a 1000 calorie deficit means being pretty hungry most of the time.
"current consumption"collinsc
Jan 19, 2003 6:46 PM
if she put on 10 pounds in the last semester her current consumption is obviously quite a bit more than her bmr requires.

edit that to 500 less than your base caloric requirements (plus exercise requirements) (which i know you know, just trying to clarify)