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I have been trying to lose weight for three months, and have dropped only eight pounds on a program of prepackaged food. I’ve also been training to ride in the MS150 since the end of May. What is an appropriate calorie level that will help me lose weight while training? I cycle on flats, rolling hill, inclines and steep hills. I typically ride at least 3-4 times a week for a total of 7-11 hours. On my calories-lost calculator, I am burning more than 1,054 calories each time I ride and sometimes as much as 1,776.

I actually need more information to determine what your calorie level should be: height, age, weight, gender. How do your clothes fit? You maybe losing inches and increasing lean body mass (which weighs more than fat). Also, you want to be sure you are consuming adequate calories.

Consider, too, that eight pounds is still eight pounds less than you would have been. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Choose My Plate website can give you some guidance. And send me that additional information, so I can help more.

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