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How many calories do you eat a day?

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eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 12:26:06

Just that really. Interested to know how many calories you eat a day roughly and whether the amount you eat maintains your weight or reduces or increases it etc. I know it's all relative to height, age etc just interested to know how mine compares.
I'm 5 foot 7, 33 yo and I have to have about 1300 cals max or I gain weight.

Crunchymum Sun 10-Jun-18 12:29:01

Currently on 1,300.

Need to loose 3st but am not able to take any exercise (can barely walk at the moment!) due to flare up of Arthritis.

Dread to think how many calories I was eating when I wasn't counting and eating healthily.

Johnnycomelately1 Sun 10-Jun-18 12:31:01

Really varies tbh. Somewhere between 1300 and 3000- my hunger levels /appetite change a lot depending on what type and how much exercise I do, the weather, what else I'm doing etc. I'm also 5'7'', the other side of 40 and weigh about 65kg.

eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 12:32:13

I also need to lose weight to be in my optimum healthy range but don't know how many calories I should have as I thought less than 1200 was bad for you.... I'm hoping someone may be able to shed light on that too. I figure if I maintain at 1300 then I would need to drop considerably to actually lose the 20 odd pounds I need to lose

PickAChew Sun 10-Jun-18 12:33:45

5'4, 10st12 and I gain weight above 2000 calories.

I often consume more than 2000 calories, which is why I'm a little overweight, at the moment.

BarbaraOcumbungles Sun 10-Jun-18 12:35:08

I’ve recently lost 3.5 stone and have been having around 1600-2000 with two 500 cal fast days a week. I’m at target now but still losing weight so I’m going to try reducing to one fast day a week as I don’t want to lose too much more.

BarbaraOcumbungles Sun 10-Jun-18 12:35:33

I’m 5ft 4 and 11 stone ish.

PickAChew Sun 10-Jun-18 12:35:39

Forgot to mention that I'm in my late 40s. I cannot do any remotely high impact exercise or even a lot of bodyweight exercises, due to HMS but I'm on my feet a lot.

Thesearepearls Sun 10-Jun-18 12:35:57

My rule is 1,000 calories a day. If I eat (and drink!) more then I have to exercise the surplus off. I walk the dog every day which gets me to 10,000 steps and this gives me 400 extra calories. I go the gym three times a week and this gives me an extra 300 calories roughly.

I'm 51 and 5'11 and 75kg. This is a normal BMI but too high for me really so I'm losing around 1lb a week, which is intentional

eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 12:38:14

For the record I'm currently 166lbs and want to get to around 135lbs

eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 12:39:34

@Thesearepearls would you mind sharing what you eat in a day? If I could be satisfied on 1000 cals a day I would be quite happy

thenightsky Sun 10-Jun-18 12:42:30

1200 a day to maintain. If I go over 1500 for two days in a row I can see 2lb go on. Recently I went on holiday and ate a decent breakfast and dinner every day (no lunch or any alcohol) I gained 10lb in seven days.

hendricksy Sun 10-Jun-18 12:46:36

There was a recent programme on about vlcd and it was proved that eating 800 cals a day is actually very safe and it even reversed someone's diabetes.
I'm not an expert but I have been dieting since I was 17 on and off and I only lose weight when I eat less than my bmr .. because I am short that is 1300 so about 800-1000 if I want to lose .
It's actually pretty easy ,, I recommend quorn nuggets for a low cal fix ( they taste like macdonalds nuggets ) and salad fills you up ...
I fill up on big vine tomatoes with my salad .

Thesearepearls Sun 10-Jun-18 12:53:15

It varies. I eat completely normally with the family and I don't prepare special meals for myself.

Yesterday was a good day in that I went to the gym and did 10,000 steps so I had 1700 calories to play with.

I had an apple and a banana for breakfast that's 150 calories. Spag bol with the family for lunch - that's a biggy and comes in at 600 calories. Dinner was lamb kebabs with salad - also big as it comes in at 500 calories. But that was only 1250 calories so it meant I could have a couple of glasses of wine and still have spare calories in the bank.

At work I have to avoid sandwiches but something like Pret's No cream of chicken soup comes in at 240 calories and it's absolutely deliciously filling. Or crayfish and avocado salad - that's 240 calories.

It's lucky that I genuinely don't have a sweet tooth but I've switched my coffee from skinny latte to hot skinny americano and that saves 100 calories.

Almondio Sun 10-Jun-18 12:57:35

I'm 5ft 11 and currently weigh 168lb. I'm sticking to around 1500 calories in a bid to get to around 160lb.

I do three high intensity exercises a week but have a sedentary job so need to make sure I move more. I've recently cut out bread and sweet snacks and it's making a huge difference. Am over 40 and losing weight is really hard these days!

UpstartCrow Sun 10-Jun-18 13:06:29

800 - 1200, no more or I gain weight. And thats with exercise.

Buteo Sun 10-Jun-18 13:11:40

You can calculate your BMR and TDEE here:

You need to have a calorie deficit of around 3500 to burn off 1lb of fat.

eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 13:31:01

@hendricksy thanks for commenting that's really useful x

SporkInTheToaster Sun 10-Jun-18 13:31:27

BMI wise, I can’t get away with any extra weight and look best at the lower end of my BMI range as I’m an ectomorph body shape wise. Ideally 18-20. Any spare lb shows on my lean, narrow frame. I look podgy very quickly.

I don’t count calories but whenever I have, my intake has been around 1200 a day (not dieting). That seems to be what I naturally self limit at. Though obviously there are days when I eat more due to things like alcohol intake or 3 course meals out.

I am early 40’s, moderately active job, cardio exercise 3-4 x a week, 5’7”, 55kg.

eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 13:32:33

@Thesearepearls thank you some good ideas to try - I have to have no gluten or dairy but can easily tweak things that contain those things x

IveGotBillsTheyreMultiplying Sun 10-Jun-18 13:34:04

I eat about 2400 cals according to my FitBit to maintain weight, I'm nearly 50.

eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 13:35:36

I think my problem is that I do feel quite restricted and have to be very careful rather than having a 'natural stopping limit' as it were. Looks like if I want to lose I'll have to try a round 1000 a day but am reassured hat this is safe by your comments as this was my main concern. My bmr comes out at about 1500 but I gain if I have over 1300 - I think years of yo-yo dieting when younger has screwed my body up a bit

eurgh Sun 10-Jun-18 13:36:27

@IveGotBillsTheyreMultiplying I'd love to maintain and be able to have 2400 - my own fault though I think

Thesearepearls Sun 10-Jun-18 13:38:18

I've got bills I'm glad you mentioned fitbit because I genuinely think they are brilliant. I've just switched to an apple watch and it's nowhere near as good for measuring calorie intake. Fitbit got me going though and I can't recommend them enough.

SporkInTheToaster Sun 10-Jun-18 13:38:39

eurgh, I don’t think so. Maintaining at 2400 per day is quite high and quite unusual.

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