Weight loss question? Nutrition Vs. Calorie counting.

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    Jan 12, 2011 3:10 PM GMT
    Okies... So im currently 15 kilos overweight...So im aware something need to be done. However i have a problem... whilst i can control the calories i eat... i cant control what of it it is..
    for instance... i love lasagne...
    so id have lasagne... water and like something else as a meal.. and during the whole day i can eat under the 1500 calorie limit for my body type... however. I always hear about nutrition... such as dont eat trans fats. However lasagne has trans fat... So long as i eat under 1500 calories a day? Will i lose weight? Or does it need to be under the 1500 calories a day but nutritionally...? do u need to eat nutriotional to lose weight healithy is what im saying?
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    Jan 12, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    Anyone?
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    Jan 12, 2011 5:26 PM GMT
    Your "1500 calories a day" is based on your basal metabolic rate, which means calories your body burns...at rest. That does not account for calories burned from physical activity.

    Realistically, you could possibly eat 2000 calories a day and still be in a severe calorie deficit, depending on the amount of activity you do.

    If you don't take in enough calories, your body will store fat as a survival instinct.

    As for the healthy part, that has very little to do with weight loss. That just means your body will function better because it's not being bogged down by artery-clogging goodness that makes you lethargic.
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    Jan 12, 2011 5:56 PM GMT
    You don't necessarily have to eat "nutritious" foods to lose weight. But there's always the caveat that just because you lost weight, that doesn't mean you're necessarily any healthier. icon_wink.gif

    If it's solely weight loss you're concerned about, simply maintaining a calorie deficit is what most people will recommend you. It certainly worked for this guy who lost weight eating mostly "junk" food...

    http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/11/08/twinkie.diet.professor/index.html

    However, some people have also had success with altering the proportions of their daily fat/carb/protein intake while keeping their consumed calories constant.

    Personally, I'd strive to eat more nutritious food than simply trying to starve yourself for the sake of losing weight. There are, however, many differing opinions on what's "nutritious", but I'll save that debate for another thread. Of all the people I know that went through significant weight loss (myself included), the most successful (ie those that lost the most weight AND kept it off) were those that changed eating habits rather than temporarily dieted.
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    Jan 13, 2011 12:14 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidYour "1500 calories a day" is based on your basal metabolic rate, which means calories your body burns...at rest. That does not account for calories burned from physical activity.

    Realistically, you could possibly eat 2000 calories a day and still be in a severe calorie deficit, depending on the amount of activity you do.

    If you don't take in enough calories, your body will store fat as a survival instinct.

    As for the healthy part, that has very little to do with weight loss. That just means your body will function better because it's not being bogged down by artery-clogging goodness that makes you lethargic.


    So, wait? How will I know how many calories to eat so that it won't be stored as fat? I'm so confusing.
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    Jan 13, 2011 1:06 PM GMT
    I'm far from an expert but from what I understand if you have a high fat diet you'll certainly retain some of it.

    To answer your question, there's many calorie calculators on the web, here's one I google : http://calculators.hpathy.com/calories-need.asp Loosing a Kilo per week would be a safe goal.