I weigh 275 lbs, am 23 years old, 6'1, wearing size 40. Through my research, I have found that I have roughly 25% body fat and should require around 3000 calories a day with regular exercise to lose 1-2 lbs a week. I feel I am a bit different than most people this obese in that I am proportionately strong, have great lung capacity, and actually am pretty active. I can go mountain biking for 2 hours and feel fine, or hiking for 10 miles and be ready to do it again the next day.
My problem is that I feel energized eating just 1500 calories a day and can exercise quite well even with the lower caloric intake. I usually run 2 miles (8 min miles on treadmill), then weight lift for another 25 minutes. I am worried that I may be doing more harm than good, even if my energy feels fine. My typical food intake in a day looks like: 2 eggs for bfast with a glass of oj, apple and an orange for mid-morning snack, chicken sausage for lunch (or tuna sandwhich), an orange before afternoon workout, some beef jerky after the workout, and then grilled chicken breast with 1/2 cup of brown rice. This only equates to around 1500 calories, and sometimes i dont even do the eggs for breakfast and choose a protein bar instead. I sleep like a baby every night around 10 and wake up around 6.
My gut tells me im fine because my energy levels feel fine and i feel confident in myself for being able to do everything I can on such low calories. Everything ive been reading is telling me I shouldn't be fine. Are there extenuating circumstances for some people due to such differing bodies?View Thread