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26 Oct 2006

Calories
Hi Doc.
I have been gymming at Curves (3x week/30 mins per session) for 8 weeks now and I do Pilates once a week. I've calculated how to reduce my calorie intake and I have now lost a total of 10.5 cm, and 1.8 kg's.
I am confused regarding calorie intake. I'm quite active and obviously burn calories when I exercise. Is it right that my calorie intake increases as I lose weight? How does that work?
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Carol
Generally speaking women who want to lose weight need to reduce their energy intake to 1500 cal a day, but if you are very active you may need more energy to fuel your activity (e.g. about 1800 cal a day). This is something you will have to experiment with. If your current energy intake is so low that you have no energy to do the exercise then you will need to increase it preferably by eating additional carbohydrates that are the best fuel for exercise and are low in calories (only 4 cal per gram, compared to 9 cal per gram for fats).
Keep up the good work
DietDoc
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