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    Gastric Sleeve Member KristyDunson's Avatar
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    Question Burning Calories

    My surgeon currently has me on a 1,000 calories daily, low fat--high protein diet. How many calories should I burn a day? i'm a little lost here, because when i calculate my exercise and how many calories i burned for the day, I have either burned half or more than half. My Dr told me anything less than 500 calories is too few daily. does this mean i need to put some of the calories back or? because i don't want to go over what i should be eating, but i also don't want to end up in the hospital with malnutrition either. And when burning calories, does this also burn carbs, sugar and protein too?

    Sorry if these are stupid questions, as you can see, i've never paid any attention before. I'm confused is putting it mildly!



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    Gastric Sleeve Member Christie13's Avatar
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    Default Re: Burning Calories

    I never counted calories but as far out as you are and if you are exercising it seems to me that 1000 calories seems a bit low. I would focus on just brisk walking for your cardio and do some strength training. I would talk to your doctor about his expectations though. Your body burns calories for exercise. Carbs (which includes sugar) are burned first as they convert to energy easier. Then fats and lastly protein. When you exercise it is about how many calories you burn. You don't have to really worry about where they come from. And what you burn from exercise is just that. You burn calories all day long so that would add to your total daily calorie burn. Does that make sense?



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    Gastric Sleeve Member KristyDunson's Avatar
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    Default Re: Burning Calories

    Quote Originally Posted by Christie13 View Post
    I never counted calories but as far out as you are and if you are exercising it seems to me that 1000 calories seems a bit low. I would focus on just brisk walking for your cardio and do some strength training. I would talk to your doctor about his expectations though. Your body burns calories for exercise. Carbs (which includes sugar) are burned first as they convert to energy easier. Then fats and lastly protein. When you exercise it is about how many calories you burn. You don't have to really worry about where they come from. And what you burn from exercise is just that. You burn calories all day long so that would add to your total daily calorie burn. Does that make sense?
    I think so! Dr Pakula, just told me to start walking, which i've been doing accept when its really cold out. I find something to do around the house to be active. I was just concerned because she said not less than like 550, 600 calories daily. but if i'm burning what i eat, how is that being healthy? She also wants me to eat 2 oz of meat and 1 oz of veg. That is more calories than i was taking in 3 months ago, has also slowed my weight loss from 5 lbs a week to maybe 3 if that..

    Lately i've been trying to cut back on the carbs, not that i do bad or anything. She said no more than 40 carbs daily, I average about 35 or right at 40 carbs daily. And at first i found hard because there is just carbs in everything. But, then it got easier, i figured out how to count w/ reduced portions, for instance if i have some chicken w/ a flour tortilla, the brand i buy is 70 calories &14 carbs for 1 whole tortilla, so I cut them in 4ths. I can't eat a whole one anyways too much food. I have 2 oz of chicken on 1/4th slice of tortilla, that is the calories in the chicken, plus 21 calories & 3.5 carbs for the slice of tortilla. I've learned to do this with everything that is high in calories and carbs and or just too big to eat. I love mexican food, was raised on it. I love Chicken tacos. so for one mini soft chicken taco with 1/4 slice of real cheddar cheese, would be, 105 Calories | 3.5g Carbs | 0g Sugar | 12g Protein, I've learned to count everything, everyday. it actually makes me accountable, keeps me inline.



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    Default Re: Burning Calories

    I exercise daily, and I keep to my 1500 - 1800 calorie diet. I will go over 1500 on hard / long workout days, but I don't go over 1800. I have not had any issues with lack of energy or inability to finish workouts because of lack of calories. I think (just my personal opinion) that because I eat nutrient dense meals (no junk) the calories go further.... Not sure if that makes sense. But, when I was training for my half marathon I did not increase calories beyond 1800 and most days I was at 1500. Some of my workout days were 1.5 - 2 hour runs (10 - 13 miles) and I did not have any issues with my nutrition. I have been doing this since April of 2017 and my blood work from the Dr is perfect with no deficiencies of any kind.

    I wouldn't worry about increasing calories until you start having energy issues during workouts.... But this is just based on my experience and only an opinion. Ask your Dr.

    Hope this helps.
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    Default Re: Burning Calories

    My doctor never had me count calories, just protein grams and liquid ounces. So I can't help. But my way was much less confusing!



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