Guest Popinjay Posted November 29, 2011 Report Share Posted November 29, 2011 Hello everybody, I was hoping some of you out there could help me. I am new at trying this, and I am not even sure it can be applied to me. I guess I should start with some vitals. I am about 5'5, weigh about 282 pounds, and am 40 years old. Relatively sedentary. I have been dieting by cutting calories, and have gone down to 282 from about 300 lbs. While looking up information on calories, I came across the information on prolonging life with calorie restriction. So here are my questions... 1. Can CR help obese people, or is the damage done? And does it start its effects right away (e.g. while you are losing weight), or only once you become thin? 2. Can CR help somebody like me who is starting this at age 48, and how probably won't reach his target weight for about 2 years--so 42? Does it have nearly as much benefit? 3. How can I figure out how many calories I should be eating? I hear 30% restriction sometimes. Sometimes I hear 25%. But even more difficult than knowing how much to restrict is knowing the proper number to start from. When I look up the proper calories from my height it gives me a fairly large range. If I assumed I was at the top of that range and cut 30% it might not be nearly enough. If I assumed I was at the bottom and cut 30% I might really get sick. Most of the frame calculators say I have a large frame type (wrist circ about 7 inches). 4. I also saw that suddenly doing CR can lower life expectancy---does that apply to somebody who is dieting, or only somebody who is at their optimum weight? I am trying to eat from 1200-1500 calories a day on this diet, though sometimes I hit 1600 and sometimes I do less. It is hard to tell perfectly because originally I wasn't counting veggies (I counted them as a "free food") and now I count them into that total. My diet feels like it is going well---I would hate to slow down, but if it will make it impossible to do CR, or be very dangerous I would want to know that. 5. It seems like the margin for error on calories is pretty small---a few hundred calories. How do you take into account things like variations in fruit sizes, sugar content by time of year grown, and differences in the amount of energy used for digestion depending on if the food is cooked or not? 6. Is there a certain percentage of body fat that tells you if you are doing CR correctly as opposed to just figuring out the calories? I am also concerned about muscle variation and activity variation. I want to make sure I am cutting the optimum number of calories, but don't know how to make sure of it. Sheesh, I just realized I have dumped a ton of questions on you guys. I have been looking at information on this for about a week, but just can't find satisfactory answers to some of these questions, and even if I had guesses I would want to know from veteran CR dieters if I am doing it correctly and if it can have benefits given my particular case. I know it will take time to answer these, so if anybody takes long enough to do so, I'd like to thank you in advance. I know this is a lot... Popinjay Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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