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Posted by: Anonymous J | 2004/11/03

Kilojoules to lose weight and Kilojoules to maintain

For a woman you suggest consuming 1 500 Calories a day to lose weight and 2 000 Calories a day to maintain weight.

So, if you consume 1 500 Calories a day until your goal weight, will you not then pick up weight if you change to eating 2 000 Calories a day to now maintain the weight that you lost?

Also, if you are eating 1 500 Calories a day to lose weight - how much weight will you lose per week?

Will you still lose weight eating 1 500 Calories a day if you are sedentary and are not doing exercise or is this based on if you are exercising as well?

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Dear Ano
If the person has lost weight there will be a change in her basic metabolic rate and she should be able to ingest 2000cal a day without gaining the weight back again. On 1500 cal a day one could expect to lose0,5 to 1 kg per week. The 1500 cal a day is based on a 'modern' lifestyle which is mainly sedentary anyway. If you start doing strenuous exercise every day (jogging, skipping, cycling, etc) then you may require slightly more energy to compensate.
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Posted by: Jo | 2004/11/03

You will only loose weight if you are burning more calories then you are consuming. You need to be active as well as that will burn the calories consumed. I.e Energy in (calories) has to be less than energy used.

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