Losing weight by cutting calories?

United States
July 15, 2008 4:42pm CST
Okay. I am not that overweight about 20 lbs I could stand to lose. So I am eating around 2300 calories a day, but it says I am supposed to be eating around 1800 calories a day. Does anyone know how long it would take me to lose 20lbs by cutting my calories to to 1800 a day?
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@snowy22315 (19406)
• United States
17 Jul 08
I dont know, but you could figure it out. It takes 3,500 calories to make a pound so cutting your calories by 500 a day would mean you could ostensibly lose one pound a week. I would love to do that. I have resolved to keep a food diary. I think people who lose the most weight keep a food diary. It is hard to discipline yourself to do it but I plan to.
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• Canada
16 Jul 08
Our bodies have predetermined set points and even if you ate 1800 calories a day, there is no guaranteed weight loss. Your best bet is to take time for regularly scheduled exercise and watch the carbohydrates and sugars you take in. Keep your portions smaller and consult a professional opinion if you already haven't. You may lose that 20 lbs. but if you lose it in an unhealthy way, it will most likely rebound or cause dire medical conseqences. Take your weight loss goals by changing for an overall healthy lifestyle. You may not lose 20 lbs. immediately, if ever, but you can practice a more balanced life. You are more than your weight and your body deserves to be treated repectfully. Keep at it...the first step is reaching out.
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• United States
15 Jul 08
I think for every 3000 calories that you burn or reduce, that is 1 pound. At this rate it would take you six days to lose 1 pound, and 120 days (or 3 months) to lose 20 pounds. This is only estimated and not precise, and diet and exercise go hand in hand. 2300-1800 = 500 calories cut per day 3000/500 = 6 days to lose 1 pound 20 * 6 = 120 days to lose 20 pounds Hope this helps!
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@zeroflashx2 (2491)
• Philippines
15 Jul 08
It really depends on your lifestyle. If you don't or rarely exercise and you cut on calories, you will lose weight but not in a healthy way. You could look healthy since you'll lost the extra inches/lbs. But in reality, you'll get weaker. Manage your metabolism well. Lift some weights from time to time and build up your muscles. Burning while resting is one of the keys in losing weight effectively. You don't even have to cut down calorie intake. Eat the right foods. 1800 calorie worth of meat isn't as healthy as a balance 1800 calorie worth of meat portions, vegetables, fruits, bread/cereals and even sweets. You could very well lose all 20 lbs between a month or two, or even more. Also, eating 2300 with very high metabolic rate compared to 1800 with very low metabolic rare, the former will make you healthier and lose weight better. Hope this helps. Take care.
@vera5d (3958)
• United States
15 Jul 08
I have no idea how long it would take. Part of it isn't just what you eat, it's how you eat it and of course if you are exercising. I went from a size 18 to size 11 in about 6 months or so. And I didn't count a single calorie :) I don't own a scale though so can't tell you what I weighed when I started or what I weigh now. To me the proof is in the pants, lol. I wrote a free ebook about how I did it, you can read it here: http://losefree.com/how-it-works/ If you read it let me know your thoughts, the website is brand spanking new so any feedback (good or bad) is welcome :)
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@ladym33 (11012)
• United States
23 Jul 08
They say that to safely lose weight you should lose no more than 2 lbs per week. The first week you can lose up to 4 or 5, but after that first week it takes a lot to lose more than a pound or two. Unless you are my husband who can lose weight amazingling fast. It really depends on the person, and if you are exercising or not. Best of luck with your weight loss.
• United States
22 Jul 08
4000 calories is equal to one pound so it seems like it would take forever. 20 pounds really isnt that bad. It should come off naturaly from a few life style changes. I am horrible at counting calories so I am just trying to be more concious of the things I eat. I figure any little change might help with the 60 pounds I have to lose.
@meggan79 (436)
• United States
16 Jul 08
http://www.nutritiondata.com/tools/calories-burned This website will tell you how many calories you burn a day if you dont exercise at all. Then you can put in what exercise you do and it will tell you the amount of calories you burn a day. Then you need to make sure your food intake gives you a defeciet. Please keep in mind you have to eat to lose so make sure your defciet isnt to low. The recomended amount is 500 calories. Good luck!
@piasabird (1737)
• United States
15 Jul 08
Each pound is about 3500 calories. You can increase your activity and decrease your calories to equal 3500 and lose a pound. I can't really tell how long it would take you. There is a way to figure it out but I can't remember how to do it right now. Good luck!