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to think a standard woman does not need 2000 calories a day?

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CardinalRichelieu Tue 26-Feb-13 14:56:14

I know it says on packaging etc that 2000 is the standard intake for a woman but it sounds like kind of a lot. I reckon I eat maybe 1600-1700 per day? I am quite small (5 ft 3) and don't do much exercise except walking around and a bit of pilates. I work partly from home and partly out of the home and don't really burn that much off in daily activity. I am in the healthy BMI range (19).

I don't think someone like me needs 2000 calories a day - am I right?

Thingiebob Wed 27-Feb-13 17:27:26

OP. you don't need 2000 cals because of your lifestyle, but I do. On average I think most 'standard' women do more exercise than you.

Wishihadabs Wed 27-Feb-13 17:49:58

I think they should whether they do ....

SirEdmundFrillary Wed 27-Feb-13 17:55:38

I think angsting about calories and height is part of the problem. Why does this happen?

anonymosity Wed 27-Feb-13 19:26:38

Love your response LLjkk!

ChairmanWow Thu 28-Feb-13 05:09:44

SirEdmund, that was kind of my point. I personally don't give a monkey's arse what size anyone is. I'm not into fat or thin bashing. It just depresses me that otherwise intelligent women are wasting their energy obsessing over calories - and before anyone attacks me I'm not saying don't be healthy.

Lljkk - interesting article. I never thought I'd see Susie Orbach quoted in the Torygraph! Thanks for posting.

fascicle Thu 28-Feb-13 10:34:18

I know it says on packaging etc that 2000 is the standard intake for a woman but it sounds like kind of a lot.

I've never read it quite like that. On food packaging etc the word 'guidelines' is usually in there and 'average' rather than standard. I wouldn't interpret the message as all or most women need to eat 2,000 calories a day.

I think apart from stature, a lot of individual difference in calorific requirements is down to incidental movement (that NEAT stuff). Some people seem to move/twitch/expend energy all the time, whilst others can sit at a desk for hours and barely move.

countrykitten Thu 28-Feb-13 11:21:01

I would be absolutely massive if I ate 2000 calories a day! It's all aboujt what's right for you isn't it? I currently eat about 1200 a day and 200 more if I exercise hard. It's plenty.

countrykitten Thu 28-Feb-13 11:23:38

I am 5ft tall btw in case I get told that this is not enough. It's enough for me to maintain a good healthy weight and feel energetic.

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