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Old 04-23-2006, 11:57 AM   #1
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Will calories contribute to tiredness?

If you don't get enough calories, will that make you tired all the time? Or is it too much weight that will make you tired, or both?
I've been doing about 1,200 - 1,300 calories, but, according to the calorie intake site that I posted on another thread, I should be taking in 2,120 to maintain and 1,610 to lose weight. That is 410 calories low for losing. Maybe I'm not taking in as many as I should and my metabolism is too slow, causing me to be so tired all the time?

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Old 04-23-2006, 12:25 PM   #2
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If you're getting the proper mix of nutrients, etc, a low calorie intake on it's own shouldn't make you feel tired. Your body will just take the fuel it needs from reserves stored in the form of fat.

Are you doing this drastic cutback because you're in a hurry to lose some weight? Such a drastic change will be difficult to maintain.
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Old 04-23-2006, 12:40 PM   #3
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No, not a hurried weight loss, just weight loss. I was just always told that a good number is 1,200 calories to lose. Now, I see it depends on the person on how many you need to have. I will be raising my calories by 410 now, just to see. 1,200 was a lot for me. I don't eat a lot during the day, just at dinner, which is a big no no anyway. I just have to learn to eat more and arrange it so that it isn't all at dinner.
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:04 PM   #4
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Do you measure your food and calculate the calories you take in? I never measure my portions out, I just eat several small meals per day mostly for breakfast and lunch and a light dinner. I tend to get tired if I've had a heavy meal and eaten too much, lack energy too.
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:13 PM   #5
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You should probably determine the right number of calories for you - your lifestyle, your weight now, etc. The right number of calories in the right kind of food is much different than just a number of calories. I'm trying to stay away from all the white stuff and that seems to be working.
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:39 PM   #6
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Texasgirl, often the culprit is not so much the amount of calories we take in, but the type of calories. For example turkey puts you to sleep because of the tryptophan, and dairy products also help you to fall asleep.

Likely what you are needing is to change the calories you take in, and perhaps changing when you exercise. If you can fit in a short walk at midday it will boost your energy level for the rest of the workday.

You can try to eat a bit more protein to carry you through the day longer. Protein takes longer to digest and metabolize than simple sugars or carbs so it helps you have energy longer. You might want to do some reading on the glycemic index. It will point you to foods that are better energy foods.

OK, having said all that I am going to tell you that Stash tea offers a Triple Ginseng tea that tastes sort of citrusy and is very pleasant. (You can order it online.) I made a pot at work one day and all my coworkers commented the next day how energized they felt and that they didn't go home after work all dragged out. So...if you are happy with the way your diet is going, then maybe give this a shot.
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Old 04-23-2006, 01:56 PM   #7
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oh, tex, a lack of calories is exhausting. so is insufficient fluid intake. get your calories in. fluids, too!
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Old 04-23-2006, 03:03 PM   #8
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Wow, texas, am impressed. We have both been losing weight but are doing it by cutting back on foods. And trying to avoid the stuff we don't need.

We don't calculate anything.

And we both refuse to get on a scale, it puts too much pressure on us.

Just gaining a random pound one day can put us in a funk.

And ya gotta eat yourself out of a funk, right?

But it is working, no matter how unstructured, our waist sizes say it all.

Good luck, stick to it.

You sure are not alone out there.
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Old 04-23-2006, 04:57 PM   #9
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Thanks, Alix, Luvs and Auntdot.

Alix, is this it? http://shopstashtea.com/030280.html

How the heck should I know what kind of calories I'm suppose to take in?
I get ,"Watch your trans fat" "Watch the calories" I don't know what I'm suppose to watch for anymore. This dieting stinks!!!!!!!!!!
Is there a site that will have like menus that are already made up? I'm REALLY bad at figuring my own or I'll eat whatever is around.
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Old 04-23-2006, 06:08 PM   #10
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If you're getting the proper mix of nutrients, etc, a low calorie intake on it's own shouldn't make you feel tired. Your body will just take the fuel it needs from reserves stored in the form of fat.
True, but when the body feeds off it's own fat stores it is not getting its fuel source of choice, glycogen (coming from carbohydrate intake). When you deplete your glycogen stores it can make you feel tired and sluggish, and it's not just limited to physical feeling.
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