I didn't think it was possible, but I've increased my calories to a whopping 2000 per day and I'm losing weight!
My secret......NO JUNK FOOD!!!
Truly....that works! I really can't emphasize it strongly enough.
I've made huge strides in fat loss and muscle gain in the 6 weeks just from giving up the garbage like artificially sweetened treats and diet sodas.
I drink herbal tea sweetened with Stevia. It's not as good as diet soda, I'm not going to lie, but the benefit far out weighs what I'm giving up. I also don't eat any grains. I get all my calories from fruits, veggies, lean meats and nuts.
And I'm small....only 5'2" and I now weigh 127 which is a 13 pound loss so far and my body fat has dropped from 36.5% to 29%.
I'm not to my goal yet, but I'm getting there much faster than I thought I would....my goal is to be around 110-115 pounds with about 13-16% body fat.
This is how I'm calculating my calories and breaking it all down.
I pick a weight that is 2 pounds less that I currently weigh now...which would be 125.
The calculation I'm using is: body weight x 16 calories per pound = calories per day
125 x 16 = 2000 calories per day
I break down the 2000 calories per day as follows:
I don't always manage to eat 2000 calories of food per day, because that is a huge amount of food as long as you aren't eating rubbish, but that has been my target.
I'm also very active. I lift weights 5 times per week and do high intensity interval training cardio 20-40 minutes 3-6 days per week.
I really never thought I could lose weight eating this many calories, but I've proved to myself that it's not only the quantity of calories but also the quality that's important.
You have to eat enough for your body to think it's ok to release the fat.
If your body thinks it's starving, it's going to hang on to every ounce of fat it can.....and you can actually starve and malnourish your body with junk food.
I know this post is several years old but I saw it and had to create an account to reply. Congratulations on your journey! I love when people realize that eating healthy is the most important aspect of taking care of your body. You would think it would just be an "uh, duh" moment but with all the crazy diets out there people are so confused as to what "healthy" really is. I have friends who think if they just eat 1200 calories they can eat anything they want to and lose weight at the end of the day. Some of them will, but some of them won't because their bodies know they are not getting adequate nutrition and will hold onto whatever small nutrient value is in the junk foods they consume. "I get all my calories from fruits, veggies, lean meats and nuts". I have never heard someone say that and follow up with them NOT losing weight!! Anyways, congratulations on living a healthy lifestyle and feeling good in your bod! :)