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Diet & Calorie Intake/Needed?

I used a food calculator and it looks like I take in about 1700-2000 calories a day.  I mainly eat raw veggies, skinless chicken breasts, and some whole wheat noodles or brown rice.

I did an activity calculator and looks like I burn off about 1400 calories Wed thru Sat from work and Muay Thai/Boxing/Weights training. Sun thru Tue I have work and school so I don’t burn nearly as much.

I was wondering if this is a healthy plan right now? If not, any ideas on how much calories I should be taking in, or even a diff diet altogether? Oh, I’m 25 yo and 200lbs. My goal is to lose about 30lbs (I’m really just concerned with losing my fat) as fast as possible while gaining strength, but not necessarily mass. I’m new to all this, so let me know if you need any more info. Thanks a lot.

[quote]jdub1107 wrote:
I used a food calculator and it looks like I take in about 1700-2000 calories a day. I did an activity calculator and looks like I burn off about 1400 calories Wed thru Sat from work and Muay Thai/Boxing/Weights training.
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You are going to need to read a few more of the threads on this site. I think that you are not eating anywhere close to what you need to be eating.

Depending on your body composition, you may be burining over 2000 calories just by being alive, add to that you calculated 1400 calories and somedays you are only eating half as much as what you need to.

Some links to read are:

7 Habits of highly effective eating
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459493

Carb Cycling Codex (can be useful in calculating required calories)
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=811783

Also, read anything you can find in the Nutrition secion of the articles.

Bottom line is you need to eat more than what you are to lose the fat.

Thats WAY to damn low IMO. at 200 lbs I would take in 2500 or so and lose weight to damn fast. And I wasnt doing fighting etc. and have a snails metabolism in comparison to many.

Everyone is different but I still beleive in the smallest active people shoulr RARELY take in less than 2000 k/cals you are simply risking health and lbm. I would either use a better starting place like T-Dawg going BWx16 and subtract 500 or keep a log for a few week find your personal maint calories and go from their for your goals. No need for drastic decrease unless you have a weight to meet very soon or a photo shoot etc…

these will help also I agree nail a solid diet first and formost without k/cal restriction and see how far that takes you.

7 Habit
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459493

Foods That Make You Look Good Nekid
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=460638
The Carbohydrate Roundtable, Part 1&2
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=461157
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459360

Fat Roundtable I&II
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=461947
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=461093

Massive Eating
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=460331
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=460327
M/E Reloaded
http://www.T-Nation.com/...c.do?id=459429
http://www.T-Nation.com/...c.do?id=459431

Solving the Post W/O Puzzle 1&2
http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=body_141post
http://www.T-Nation.com/findArticle.do?article=body_142post

T Dawg 2
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=473067
7 days to Ultimate leanness
http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459329