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Can’t lose weight? Find out how many calories you really need

By Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., August 5, 2010 - 11:05am

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Brierley asks: How do you keep your calorie intake in check?


I am sorry but did you mean 500 kcal per week? If I cut 500 kcal per day I'm below 1,200 kcal per day!


04/14/2014 - 1:45pm

I use a program called "loseit". I have lost 56 pounds so far counting calories


04/18/2013 - 11:55pm

this completely incorrect, how can 750 calories be enough to maintain my weight lol


04/18/2013 - 6:26pm

I have to use measuring cups & spoons to keep me honest, & accurate. It doesn't take that long if you set out the items you need ahead of time. Include small plate for salad, meals, glass & cup. The measuring cups, that are exactly the right indivual measurements, the measuing spoons. Set on one corner in the back on counter. I do it all the time. I use green tea, to speed up my metabolism, because i'm past menapause, I am on a schedule for my losing weight. I can't do regular exercise because i have Fibromyalgia, so I do Isometric exercises. I sit and do them in my chair. It works fast & efficent, It tighten up my fat.. I saw results right away.I also joined Weight Watchers, which i get support, & great information.. But, if you can't join any thing like that, You just make up your mind, & stick to a plan. Most restaurants have 400 to 500 calorie meals, for dinner or lunch. You work things out to fit you & your schedule. Even like the over the counter Slim Fast meals. On weight Watchers we can have all the fruits we want, & veggies as long as they arent starchy. This fills in the emty tummy, feeling. these are anytime day or night.I hope I have helped. Joyce Shatzley


04/18/2013 - 4:56pm

1) Drink enough liquids
2) Eat at the table, not in front of the TV. That way you are not distracted & realize when you are full.
3) When I go out to eat I order their smaller portion. Most all restaurants have one even though it is not listed on their menu.



04/18/2013 - 1:18pm

Having high cholesterol and high triglycerides, I knew I had to keep a close eye on the fat/cholesterol count in the food I was eating, besides keeping up with calories. I made myself a simple chart and printed out it to keep up with everything I ate. In two months I reduced both levels significantly. It really helps to keep some type of food journal. I've always resisted but it made a big difference.

I never eat the same amount of calories two days in a row. That way if one day I'd like a little splurge, I can have it. I just cut back the next day.

I also exercise at least 5 days a week, even if it's only ten minutes. Gotta keep moving!


08/10/2010 - 7:51pm

Brierley asks: How do you keep your calorie intake in check?
I exercise. A lot. Every day. ;)


08/05/2010 - 4:47pm

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