# We have been eating 1200 to 1500 calories a day for 2 months and have lost less than 5 pounds.

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We have tried your Healthy Body Calculator that tells us we can eat about 1700 to 1900 calories a day and still lose 2 pounds a week. We have been eating 1,200 to 1,500 a day for 2 months and have only lost less than 5 pounds.

We exercise every day! We drink 72 to 88 ounces of water a day! What’s wrong? What can we do?

We weigh 145 and are 5 feet 4 inches with a small frame and want to weigh 122 pounds. Please HELP!

The Healthy Body Calculator® is based on current nutrition science and research in calculating a person’s weight and calorie needs. The only subjective data you enter into the calculator is your activity hours. Did you overestimate how active you are?

Second subjective data piece is how much you eat. Unless you weigh and measure everything you eat and drink, you may be underestimating how much you eat. Do you keep daily food records? From the food records, you could calculate calories consumed or use a nutrition software program to analyze your meals like My Food Record which I developed with my programmers. Then you could compare how many calories the Healthy Body Calculator® calculates you should eat to the number of calories you actually eat.

Bottom line is you are not losing weight. You have to either eat less, but not less than 1,200 calories per day or exercise more (60 minutes at least 5 times per week) enough to break a sweat. I would recommend a combination of both, but first, you need to know how many calories you eat each day.

Your water intake is excessive if this is in addition to other fluids you drink such as carbonated beverages (soda or pop), coffee, tea, as well as milk and fruit juices which have lower water content than plain water. Alcohol or caffeine-containing beverages (coffee, tea, cola) are dehydrating. If you have normal kidney function, you can gauge your water intake by the color of your urine which should be light yellow and odorless during waking hours. When you exercise, you should drink an additional 1 cup of water per hour unless you are exercising in hot, humid conditions. Then you need to drink more.

Joanne Larsen is a licensed, registered dietitian with extensive clinical experience in nutrition therapy in hospitals, clinics, mental health and long term care. She has a bachelor's degree in dietetics with a minor in chemistry and a master's degree in nutrition with a minor in counseling. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly American Dietetic Association).