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How many calories do you eat to maintain?


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I am in the process of moving right now, do not have my own kitchen and have been eating like crap. This isn't my normal eating habits.

Calorie counter tells me that in order to get from 174 (at 5"8) to 145 I would have to eat 1300 calories until February 20th. I let calorie counter pick that date and it seemed like a fine amount for a female. If I eat 2000 calories a day at a sedentary level I gain weight.  I don't understand people who are like "I barely work out and eat 2500 calories a day and weigh 120"...Like awesome....Good for you. I personally can't maintain a low weight on over 2k calories with out some heavy working out.

 

How many calories do you eat a day?

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I eat like 2500, probably more

I'm 19 5'3 122 lbs

Dude, I don't think anyone's bragging or anything. They're just answering your question/providing information. 

It doesn't matter what works for other people though. The only thing that matters is what works for you. If you have to eat less than 2000 cal to lose weight, then cool, do that, do what's going to bring you to the place that you want to be. Other people's experiences, in the long run, are quite irrelevant. You don't have to understand what works for others. Figure out and understand what works for you! Smile

Good luck to you! Once you figure out (through trial and error) the amount of calories you need to lose weight and remain healthy, you will get to your goal of 145lbs in due time!!

Also, you may want to get your thyroid tested, just in case. There may be medication out there that will bring it up to speed, just in case there actually is an issue there.

I certainly wasn't bragging. And what's not to understand? Most healthy adults can maintain on 2,000 calories a day (and males usually need more) without a ton of exercise. Teens need even more.

Your BMR is 1,600. You should never, EVER eat less than that. It's what your body needs just to function if you did nothing but stay in bed all day long. Because you don't lay in bed all day long (I'm making an assumption here), you actually burn more than that. If you multiply your BMR by 1.2, you'll get your sedentary burn rate. For you, that's 1,920. If you ate 1,600 calories a day, you'd lose just over half a pound per week. Isn't that awesome!?

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Original Post by ohlalacestmoi:

Also, you may want to get your thyroid tested, just in case. There may be medication out there that will bring it up to speed, just in case there actually is an issue there.

I was used to being 130 pounds (as a teen) and in my 20s gained 60 pounds in 1 year (no kids and didnt change my eating habits). I had my thyroid tested because of this and they said I had a nodule and all that crap leeching on my thyroid. I take medication now..Even after the medication I stayed the same weight because I ate like ****. Once I started eating nothing but whole foods the weight flew off.  Even though my metabolism took a **** in my early 20s I can still lose weight if I just eat healthy, the thyroid thing isn't a good excuse

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Original Post by bierorama:

I certainly wasn't bragging. And what's not to understand? Most healthy adults can maintain on 2,000 calories a day (and males usually need more) without a ton of exercise. Teens need even more.

Your BMR is 1,600. You should never, EVER eat less than that. It's what your body needs just to function if you did nothing but stay in bed all day long. Because you don't lay in bed all day long (I'm making an assumption here), you actually burn more than that. If you multiply your BMR by 1.2, you'll get your sedentary burn rate. For you, that's 1,920. If you ate 1,600 calories a day, you'd lose just over half a pound per week. Isn't that awesome!?

Thanks for the information I already knew..I know what my bmr and burn rate is...I already know all of this.

 

I am way to sedentary to eat 2000 calories a day.  But like you said if I eat 1600 I will lose weight.  When I was 158 it wasn't like that. I couldn't lose anymore on 1500 calories.  I find it easy to lose weight in the 170s 180s but once I hit about 158 its like I need to eat 1300 calories  a day because 1500 was like maintaining me. Calorie counter says my burn is 1890.

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Original Post by ohlalacestmoi:

Dude, I don't think anyone's bragging or anything. They're just answering your question/providing information. 

It doesn't matter what works for other people though. The only thing that matters is what works for you. If you have to eat less than 2000 cal to lose weight, then cool, do that, do what's going to bring you to the place that you want to be. Other people's experiences, in the long run, are quite irrelevant. You don't have to understand what works for others. Figure out and understand what works for you! 

Good luck to you! Once you figure out (through trial and error) the amount of calories you need to lose weight and remain healthy, you will get to your goal of 145lbs in due time!!

Well what about how calorie counter says I need to eat 1300 calories a day to lose that weight by the end of February? Yet people act like 1300 is insane when you only need 1200 a day....

Why are you being so rude?   You don't only need 1200 a day.  You need to eat at least your BMR.  

Just a thought.. Maybe your metabolism slowed down when you were eating 1500-- because that is below your BMR, and maybe that's why you stopped losing weight.  If you would just try to see what happens when you eat 1600 for a while, maybe you'd see a difference.  

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Original Post by bierorama:

I certainly wasn't bragging. And what's not to understand? Most healthy adults can maintain on 2,000 calories a day (and males usually need more) without a ton of exercise. Teens need even more.

Your BMR is 1,600. You should never, EVER eat less than that. It's what your body needs just to function if you did nothing but stay in bed all day long. Because you don't lay in bed all day long (I'm making an assumption here), you actually burn more than that. If you multiply your BMR by 1.2, you'll get your sedentary burn rate. For you, that's 1,920. If you ate 1,600 calories a day, you'd lose just over half a pound per week. Isn't that awesome!?

Thanks for the information I already knew..I know what my bmr and burn rate is...I already know all of this.

 

I am way to sedentary to eat 2000 calories a day.  But like you said if I eat 1600 I will lose weight.  When I was 158 it wasn't like that. I couldn't lose anymore on 1500 calories.  I find it easy to lose weight in the 170s 180s but once I hit about 158 its like I need to eat 1300 calories  a day because 1500 was like maintaining me. Calorie counter says my burn is 1890.

If you know all of this, why do you insist that it's untrue? If you don't want to make changes to fix what's broken, fine. Keep eating way less than you have to and being sedentary. To just complain about others "bragging" that they can eat more while being smaller and not gain weight isn't an issue of theirs, it's yours.

Do you want advice or do you just want to vent? I'm trying to help you realize that it doesn't HAVE to be this way, that you CAN change it.

I'm probably eating at least 2000 calories and losing weight. I'm 32, 5'6" and 145lb.  My only "exercise" for the past 7 months has been breastfeeding. Finally got to the gym yesterday to lift after a 4 month hiatus, and man am I sore!

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Original Post by freesia420:

Original Post by bierorama:

I certainly wasn't bragging. And what's not to understand? Most healthy adults can maintain on 2,000 calories a day (and males usually need more) without a ton of exercise. Teens need even more.

Your BMR is 1,600. You should never, EVER eat less than that. It's what your body needs just to function if you did nothing but stay in bed all day long. Because you don't lay in bed all day long (I'm making an assumption here), you actually burn more than that. If you multiply your BMR by 1.2, you'll get your sedentary burn rate. For you, that's 1,920. If you ate 1,600 calories a day, you'd lose just over half a pound per week. Isn't that awesome!?

Thanks for the information I already knew..I know what my bmr and burn rate is...I already know all of this.

 

I am way to sedentary to eat 2000 calories a day.  But like you said if I eat 1600 I will lose weight.  When I was 158 it wasn't like that. I couldn't lose anymore on 1500 calories.  I find it easy to lose weight in the 170s 180s but once I hit about 158 its like I need to eat 1300 calories  a day because 1500 was like maintaining me. Calorie counter says my burn is 1890.

If you know all of this, why do you insist that it's untrue? If you don't want to make changes to fix what's broken, fine. Keep eating way less than you have to and being sedentary. To just complain about others "bragging" that they can eat more while being smaller and not gain weight isn't an issue of theirs, it's yours.

Do you want advice or do you just want to vent? I'm trying to help you realize that it doesn't HAVE to be this way, that you CAN change it.

This topic wasn't to complain. It was to see what most people are maintain on.i dont insist anything is untrue. When I look up my stats at the weight of 135 the burn meter tells me I would burn 1620. How would someone be eating 200 plus when the burn meter doesn't support this information

 

Original Post by kayelladeda:

Just a thought.. Maybe your metabolism slowed down when you were eating 1500-- because that is below your BMR, and maybe that's why you stopped losing weight.  If you would just try to see what happens when you eat 1600 for a while, maybe you'd see a difference.  

Yes you need a 500 calorie deficit so i tried to eat a daily deficit

I answered truthfully in the thread you are referring to. I maintain on 2500 calories. It was a factual answer to a question. That is the truth. I'm not sure what else you want to hear. Do you want me to lie and say I maintain on less? I used to maintain on less, when my metabolism was shot from under eating. But I'm healthier now.

ETA- to be fair, I'm not sedentary, I'm lightly to moderately active depending on the day, and I believe I specified that in the earlier thread. If I were completely sedentary, I'd probably maintain on slightly less. 

Original Post by freesia420:

Calorie counter tells me that in order to get from 174 (at 5"8) to 145 I would have to eat 1300 calories until February 20th. I let calorie counter pick that date and it seemed like a fine amount for a female.

I understand why you would be tempted to eat around 1300 daily; however, that is a much too long of a period to go at that eating level.  At some point, the body's metabolism will slow down to "protect" the body.   I have more than once proven that very fact.   Initially, I can lose weight fairly fast for a few days of below recommended calorie consumption.  Then I hit a plateau and can not lose any more weight.  I think the old standby of 1500 calories for a female daily is a lot better for losing weight.  Now, if you are at all active, even 1500 might not be enough.

If I eat 2000 calories a day at a sedentary level I gain weight. 

Yes, I understand that.  But the compromise has to be between cutting calorie consumption to lose weight while NOT doing damage to one's body or slowing down one's metabolism.

I don't understand people who are like "I barely work out and eat 2500 calories a day and weigh 120"...Like awesome....Good for you. I personally can't maintain a low weight on over 2k calories with out some heavy working out.

There are many people, often younger (teens, 20's, 30's), who have genetics and high metabolism on their side.  Thus, they pretty much eat what they want and as much as they want, and don't seem to gain weight.  I was that way until my early 40's.  Now, I am not that way at all.  One of my daughters is always thin, no matter what she eats.  Another one has to watch what she eats, or she gains weight.   Or, like you, she has to work out consistently and vigorously to eat more and not gain weight.  The genetics are different for them. 

How many calories do you eat a day?

Right now I am trying ONLY 5 days of low-calorie consumption.   After which point, I shall eat 1800-2000 daily until I lose around 5 more pounds.

Original Post by shane_paladin:

Original Post by freesia420:

Calorie counter tells me that in order to get from 174 (at 5"8) to 145 I would have to eat 1300 calories until February 20th. I let calorie counter pick that date and it seemed like a fine amount for a female.

I understand why you would be tempted to eat around 1300 daily; however, that is a much too long of a period to go at that eating level.  At some point, the body's metabolism will slow down to "protect" the body.   I have more than once proven that very fact.   Initially, I can lose weight fairly fast for a few days of below recommended calorie consumption.  Then I hit a plateau and can not lose any more weight.  I think the old standby of 1500 calories for a female daily is a lot better for losing weight.  Now, if you are at all active, even 1500 might not be enough.

If I eat 2000 calories a day at a sedentary level I gain weight. 

Yes, I understand that.  But the compromise has to be between cutting calorie consumption to lose weight while NOT doing damage to one's body or slowing down one's metabolism.

I don't understand people who are like "I barely work out and eat 2500 calories a day and weigh 120"...Like awesome....Good for you. I personally can't maintain a low weight on over 2k calories with out some heavy working out.

There are many people, often younger (teens, 20's, 30's), who have genetics and high metabolism on their side.  Thus, they pretty much eat what they want and as much as they want, and don't seem to gain weight.  I was that way until my early 40's.  Now, I am not that way at all.  One of my daughters is always thin, no matter what she eats.  Another one has to watch what she eats, or she gains weight.   Or, like you, she has to work out consistently and vigorously to eat more and not gain weight.  The genetics are different for them. 

How many calories do you eat a day?

Right now I am trying ONLY 5 days of low-calorie consumption.   After which point, I shall eat 1800-2000 daily until I lose around 5 more pounds.

This was a good post. Thank you. When i was 200 pounds I would eat about 1800 a day to lose weight. But once I got to like 158 not even 1500 was making me lose that was like maintenance level. SO I either had to work out or eat less.  That is why I was saying people that are completely sedentary (who admit it) and claim to eat 2000 calories while at 125 (maintenance) isn't really supported information through the burn meter and calorie meter. 

 

See if I was as thin as I used to be, like your daughter I could eat anything and not gain, I wouldn't really feel the need to be on any calorie websites.   Like if you are trying to lose weight and you see a bunch of people like "oh well i eat 2500 and i weigh 125" its not very relatable and it doesn't really help the fat people who are here to actually lose weight.  Dealing with skinny people who eat a ton of calories is what we deal with everyday.  I didn't want to see that on a forum meant for health and weightloss.

freesia420: "Like if you are trying to lose weight and you see a bunch of people like "oh well i eat 2500 and i weigh 125" its not very relatable and it doesn't really help the fat people who are here to actually lose weight.  Dealing with skinny people who eat a ton of calories is what we deal with everyday.  I didn't want to see that on a forum meant for health and weightloss."

I definitely agree.  People who are fit and thin might make statements like "I eat bacon and ribs and pastries all the time and don't gain weight."  Or, "An active person should eat at least 3500 calories a day; I eat 4000 calories a day and never gain."

Those kind of statements are meaningless.  For the rest of us "normal" people, we do have to control our calorie consumption.  We just do, and there is no way around it if we want to lose or maintain.  Such is life!

Good luck!

Original Post by shane_paladin:

freesia420: "Like if you are trying to lose weight and you see a bunch of people like "oh well i eat 2500 and i weigh 125" its not very relatable and it doesn't really help the fat people who are here to actually lose weight.  Dealing with skinny people who eat a ton of calories is what we deal with everyday.  I didn't want to see that on a forum meant for health and weightloss."

I definitely agree.  People who are fit and thin might make statements like "I eat bacon and ribs and pastries all the time and don't gain weight."  Or, "An active person should eat at least 3500 calories a day; I eat 4000 calories a day and never gain."

Those kind of statements are meaningless.  For the rest of us "normal" people, we do have to control our calorie consumption.  We just do, and there is no way around it if we want to lose or maintain.  Such is life!

Good luck!

See, the thing is, nobody was bragging though. The question in the thread was how many calories you eat. Most of us answered very factually. 

I never said I eat 3500-4000. I never said I eat bacon and ribs. I said I am lightly to moderately active and eat 2500 of healthy food. I do not think that is crazy. I also am not a person who naturally has always had a super fast metabolism.  When I was undereating, my metabolism was a lot slower, and I maintained on a lot less. So I don't think that you are necessarily stuck with the metabolism you have either.

If you eat less than 2000 to maintain, fine. Do what works for you. But your complaint about other people 'bragging' was kind of distorted. 

ETA- this comment was addressed at the OP, not Shane.

restless_marmot:

"ETA- this comment was addressed at the OP, not Shane."

Well, I thought indirectly it was directed at me, but I think your opinion is important in furthering/encouraging a discussion like this.  One of the most important aspects of CC is for members to keep discussions open and fruitful. 

I have learned almost as much on CC through argumentative discussions as I have on threads where everyone agrees.

 

I really didn't intend for my comment to come across as mean or argumentative to either you or the OP...

ETA - okay, maybe argumentative, but not in a mean-spirited, attacking sense. 

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