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How many calories should I eat a day if I want to quickly but healthly lose weight?

I am 230 lbs and I am 5/7. I want to lose weight quickly but in a healthy way, and I will be walking/exercising numerous times a day.

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13 Responses to “How many calories should I eat a day if I want to quickly but healthly lose weight?”

  1. yusdzkhamim said :

    Better you consult with dieticians or nutritionist my dear.

  2. Joseph said :

    Drink lots of water, lots of vegies and fruit.
    Very little if any meat and no alcohol.
    Common sense tells you the rest….carbs and sugars should also be avoided. Go natural for awhile.

    I like fruit fasts as well and find them a good way to loose weight fast.

  3. unworthychild said :

    The only healthy way to lose weight is the slow way. I lost 60 lbs on weight watchers. It is a good plan because you get to eat and you lose weight the right way. I lost 7 lbs the first week and 2-3 lbs. every week afterward.
    If you lose weight too quickly you can develop gall stones

  4. che said :

    for a man about 1600 for a woman about 1200 but ask a doc if in doubt

  5. easywintoo said :

    Best leave this one to the pros but you’re starting out on a good foot. Good luck.

  6. swifty_ro said :

    well that’s not so simple. it depends on how active your daily routine is. you need to consume enought calories so you can stay strong through out the day. the best way is to have a healthy diet. search the internet and you will find lists of food that will help you lose weight. you need to have a diet established because it’s very dangerous to take chances in this domain. you can get a drop in glicemy and it will be a nasty ride to the hospital. i wish you luck.

  7. xcangel33 said :

    Check out the site below. It lets you enter your height, weight and activity level, and gives you the approximate number of calories you burn each day. It’s generally recommended to eat 500 calories less than you burn each day to lose weight at a healthy rate. There are some other helpful tools at the same site under “Healthy Living”

  8. cheetah said :

    Not less than 1,200 calories (this is according to national nutrional guidelines).

  9. jymsis said :

    Try about 850.
    make sure that you drink plenty of water and no caffine.
    You can have as much fruit and veggies as you want.
    I lost 20 Lbs in 6 weeks. If you are doing a lot of walking and exercising it’s even more important that you drink plenty of water.

  10. taalyn_1 said :

    depends on how many calories your current intake is.
    If say you currently take in 3000 calories per day, you should drop that number in half.
    However, Its probably not a good idea to drop your caloric intake below 1100 unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
    Exercise, drinking water, eating fruits and veggies should do wonders. If you quit drinking sodas alone you can lose 3-7 pounds the first week.

    Honestly though you should consult your doctor and ask for his/her advice. You may have other physical needs that should be considered (diabetes, bad hips or knees, digestive trouble, etc…)

  11. kehrlyfamily said :

    You should not count calories, they are not all created equal and this is not the best thing to do. I am a Wellness Consultant, and the best meal plan is the Zone by Dr. Berry Sears. This plans works well and gets your body to burning the fat you need to burn. Also for safe healthy weight loss there are some all natural products that have no side effects and are safe for everyone, you can check these out at

  12. justjats said :

    see i am a nutritionist i’ll suggest you the calory intake according to your body is an average of 2000-2200 calories/day. see you cant control your calories through your diet if u really want to get rid of it then you must use POSITRIM this is a meal replacement program where you replace your meal with a healthy nutritious drink which will give you near about 150 claories only and you can replace your one time meal with that so you can easily control your calories and your weight off course!! please contact me if u wanna know more about that program because i am an independent business owner for that product. – JUST JATIN

  13. TychaBrahe said :

    There really isn’t a way to lose weight fast. You want to lose fat, really, and your body cannot burn more than two pounds of fat per week. If you lose weight faster than that it’s either water weight (at the beginning of a diet) or muscle mass.

    Here are some tips:

    1. Walking is the best way to lose belly fat. Buy a pedometer (about $5 at Wal-Mart for a cheap one) and count your steps. Try to increase 1000 steps per day until you go over 10,000.

    2. Do some strength training, such as lifting weights. This will help develop muscles. A pound of muscle burns more calories than a pound of fat (and is about half the size). You will burn more calories even when you are asleep.

    3. At 230 lbs, your body requires about 2300 calories per day to maintain that weight. You do not want to cut out too many calories, because your body will catabolize muscle before it will catabolize fat. You don’t want to destroy your muscles.

    Try to cut about 500 calories per day from your diet. Get a kitchen scale and really measure portions. You’d be surprised how little a cup is, and how large your portion sizes are. At that intake, you will lose about a pound a week just from your reduced calorie intake. If you exercise, you will increase that.

    4. Figure out what kind of an eater you are. Some people can do portion control. They can figure out what a 100-calorie portion of chocolate cake is and eat that, or eat 1/4 of a pint of reduced fat frozen yogurt. I’m not one of those. If I open the bag of M&M’s, I will eat the bag of M&M’s, whether it’s a tiny little handful or a 1-lb bag. I have learned that I have to eliminate foods that are unhealthy for me. I can’t buy chips, because I WILL open them, and then I WILL eat the whole bag. Work with your eating patterns. If you can pour out 1-oz of chips and eat them, indulge once a week. If you can’t, you’re better off not buying the chips.

    5. Focus your diet on whole grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, low-fat or fat-free dairy, and lean meats or fish, if you like them. Fruit and veggies are your best friends.

    6. Drink at least two litres of water per day, and aim for four. Your body stores fat as fatty acids. In order to burn fat, it has to hang three fatty acid molecules onto a water molecule. Without water, you can’t lose weight. Also, water fills you up. Water can be flavored with sugar free drink mixes or sugar-free tea.

    7. Get at least seven hours of sleep per night. That’s when your body is dealing with the fat. You can’t lose weight if you don’t sleep enough.

    8. Educate yourself. I highly recommend Susan Powter (her Stop the Insanity set is out of print but is sometimes available on eBay), Dean Ornish, Covert Bailey, and Pritikin. Pritikin and Ornish are a little severe, but they are dealing with people who have serious coronary problems.

    9. Get support. Consider joining a gym and finding a personal trainer. Sometimes you can join a trainer’s group and pay a lot less. Weight Watchers is pretty good, but I’m a member of Take Off Pounds Sensibly, and it’s helped a lot.

    10. DON’T GIVE UP. If you “cheat” or skip a day of exercise, it’s not the end of the world. It’s a minor set back, and if you stick to your diet/exercise plan for a year, no one will notice one chocolate bar or one day spent vegging on the couch. It’s the chocolate bar every day or the vegging every day that kills you.

    I’m dieting, too. I’ve lost 15 pounds and one dress size in the last two months. If you’d like to contact me, please do.


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