I would like to hear from folks of all weights, as for how many calories their bodies need/needed to maintain their weights. I don't want calorie numbers based on computations and formulas.... these formulas are averages, theory. Many of us can't eat as much as the formulas say. Instead, I am looking for examples of people who diligently and honestly tracked their calorie consumption when they were heavy. I'm also looking for people who have tracked how much they need to maintain their current lower weights. Include your age, height, gender and activity level. If you can provide a "before" and current goal maintenence, yeehaw!
Examples from real people I found on the Internet.
325-pound man said he had been eating 4500 calories per day.
117-pound 5'3 woman says she eats 1350 a day to maintain.
242-pound woman said she had been eating 3500 calores per day.
175-pound 6' man, who works out, says he eats 2750 per day.
Reason: locked to prevent unnecessary bumps
15yo, 5'4", female, moderately active [run 4-5 times a week], 106 pounds, maintaining at 1100-1400 a day (losing if I go below that)
Now at 22 years old, 6'1" 165 lbs, male, working out 4-5 days a week for 1 hour, I need to eat 2300-2600 calories a day to maintain. It's hard for me to hit my goal though so many days I fall slightly short.
Sometimes I get the feeling I should be eating more, because I'm much more muscular than I used to be, and until recently I've been losing weight very very gradually under CC's recommendations. 1560 is my maintenance number if I stay in bed all day; 2200 is if my profile's set to sedentary and I've had an insane training day.
Generally speaking, though, 1800 is a happy medium for me.
However, I hit puberty pretty early (fourth-fifth grade), and my doctor told me that girls generally get all their height before that period in time. I've been the same height for years, and my family are all very small (my mother is 5'2"; my father is 5'6"). I think I might've grown three or four centimeters over the past few months, but it might just be the yoga that I'm doing improving my posture.
Also, I lost weight at precisely the projected rate that CC gave - 40 pounds that took, give or take a few, 40 weeks.
I'm trying to transition into not counting calories any more, but it's really not that easy to do. Anyway, I'm pretty careful. There's girls on here who should NOT be following CC's recommendations because they haven't grown yet, and there's even more who don't follow the recommendations anyway.
Not to sound nasty, but don't you think you should badger them instead?
Btw, I'm not trying to badger anyone.
Thanks for the concern, though.
Although, revolution3 - you're taller than me, weigh the same and are almost as active; how are you not still losing weight? Or am I just being a pig? :P
Maintaining my metabolic rate has been my focus and I've done this by doing heavy resistance work, eating frequent meals, eating more protein to build more muscle, and not getting too fit (as my personal opinion is if the body is too fit it gets too efficient and needs less energy to do it). Anyway, it seems to be working for me.
I still count calories as if I just try to eat really healthy I don't get enough calories and keep losing weight which I don't want to do as I'm a size 4 now and that's small enough.
Anyway, it says for me, being a 20 year old 5'5" athlete (and by this, meaning working out, sometimes rigrorously on a consistent basis, not necessarily super athletic or sporty or whatever) I need to be consuming between 1300-1400 calories a day, so I try to do just that. I'm glad I found this site, because I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, and even though they're very healthy, I'd still like to know how many calories I'm consuming and whether I'm in my range or not. My goal is NOT weight loss, but reducing body fat percentage as I want to get mine down pretty low. I'm only doing this for myself and to maintain healthy and don't have super strict timelines or restrict myself food-wise too much, but I would like to be in the best shape of my life! Hope that helps some!
I have been maintaining my weight (+/- 2 pounds) by exercsing 5 days/week, daily weigh in, and by eating a diet based on lean protein, whole grains, fruits, veggies and unsaturated fats. I no longer count my calories.
While using mypyramid.gov I visually learned the correct portion sizes I needed to lose .
My weight flucuates daily and I've become accustomed to that, and have learned that it's very natural.
Since it's summer now and I'm a lot less stressed, I haven't been eating as well as I used to. I still eat a lot of fruits/vegetables but now and then I've been having ice cream, pancakes, pizza, and pad thai. I probably eat around 1600 cals a day. However, I have been exercising more than I used to (mostly rowing and biking at the gym around 3 days a week). My weight has stayed the same for the last 3-4 weeks.
I'd really like to maintain my weight throughout the summer, but I'm worried that these changes in my diet may have adverse effects. I often feel pressured to eat high calorie meals when I'm with friends because they make "jokes" about me being anorexic (which I'm clearly not).
Anyway, you guys seem to know what you're talking about so I was wondering if anyone knows if these occasional treats may cause me to gain weight.
First my stats: 5'9" / 140 lbs. / 18 yrs / male
I typically eat 3,000 calories a day.
I start off the day strong, I love breakfast and need it.
I typically eat 400-600 calorie breakfasts. I don't drive any more, I either ride my bike or walk everywhere. So, to get to work, I have to bike 11 miles there and back every day, so 22 miles a day. If I need to go to the store, I'll walk 3 miles to the store and back ect.
For a mid-morning snack I'll usually have a granola bar or bag of chips for about 200 calories.
Lunch is usually my biggest meal of the day, usually about 1000 calories, consisting of whatever I damn well please :)
In the afternoon, If I feel hungry, I'll typically just have a yogurt that I bring with me to work, so 100 calories maybe. Then for dinner It'll usually be around 800 or so, depending.
Also, I don't believe in "don't eat late." Your body needs it! When you go to sleep, you still burn calories. So I usually have a 200 calories bag of popcorn or some other snacky type food before bed. I have stopped counting, officially, but I still watch how much I eat. I sort of use my acquired knowledge to gauge my eating. I can't eat like most of you have been, like 1400 calories. I'd die. I love eating too much!
I am 44 and maintain my weight plus or minus 5lbs of 167. I eat 3700 to 4200 calories a day. Typical day looks like this:
3am PBJ and whole milk 500cal
7am smoothie (10oz whole milk, .3c greek yogurt, 1 banana, 2 tbps flax seed, 2.5 tbs peanut butter, whey protein powder [30g]) 975cal
9am black coffee 0cal
10am 25 flights of stairs (20 min)
11am handful of peanuts (about 60) 320 cal
1230pm 6oz pot roast, 1c cooked turnip greens, 1.5c cooked navy beans 830cal
2pm 25 flights of stairs (20min)
245pm piece of chocolate 120cal
5pm run 2.1miles (20min)
530pm walk briskly (30min)
630pm smoothie from above 975cal
8pm 1 serving homemade chicken bacon alfredo with garlic bread 500 cal
930pm 1c strawberries 50cal
This is only to maintain. I am not trying to lose nor gain weight. This has been my diet for more than 6 months. Sleep 7 hours and drink 10+ glasses of water. Oh, and stomach is always hungry!
5'3" 120 pounds, very active, 2500-3500 to maintain. If I eat 2000 calories a day I lose weight at a steady rate.