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To think 2000 calories a day is a crazy amount of food.

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HairsprayBabe Fri 24-Mar-17 14:04:14

The government guidelines are just not helpful when it comes to reccomending a healthy calorific intake. I have been dieting for the past 6 months and am proud to say I have lost over 4 stone not so stealth stealth brag

But anyway, the government recommends on average 2000 calories a day for women, even before I was watching what I ate I didn't eat that much (logged in MFP before diet proper started), and these days I would consider 1500 cals a treat day.

I know it is all linked to TDEE and BMR but I cannot believe that the average woman in the UK could happily eat 2000 calories a day and not gain weight! Where has this figure come from? It really is no wonder that obesity is on the rise.

So IABU is 2000 calories a normal amount of food or are my views skewed?

EurusHolmes Fri 24-Mar-17 14:05:54

Have you had your thyroid checked? 2,000 calories maintains my weight even when I'm fairly sedentary!

EurusHolmes Fri 24-Mar-17 14:06:22

If you eat too little too little you can actually slow your metabolism down

expatinscotland Fri 24-Mar-17 14:06:59

Yeah, YABU. Yes, your views are skewed. You sound like one of those food issue/orthorexia people now. What's it to you what other people need to eat to maintain their weight? Some people are athletic and can easily eat 2000 calories a day and be fit and healthy.

llhj Fri 24-Mar-17 14:08:08

Well you're talking cobblers to be honest. You've got something wrong with you if you gained 4 stone on 2000 a day.

Xmasbaby11 Fri 24-Mar-17 14:08:19

I don't think 2000 calories is much. If you're used to counting them you may feel it is, but I think it's easy to eat and drink well over that amount.

Iwantausername Fri 24-Mar-17 14:08:38

anything over 1400-1500 for a long ish period and I will gain weight. I weigh a healthy weight 'look' healthy and am quite short, so perhaps that is something to do with it (The shortness not the current healthy weight).
I do think the recommended amount could do with further checking, but I can well believe some people could get 2,000 per day and not gain. Its also important to note that 100 calories from a pizza is different to 100 calories from kale. It goes on what you eat really.

Ilovehamabeads Fri 24-Mar-17 14:09:12

No 2000 calories is not a normal amount for me either. 1500 roughly is my maintaining amount. I guess it's based on averages through, And I am shorter and lighter than average.

Iwantausername Fri 24-Mar-17 14:09:42

I also think it can cause issues if someone eats 2000 calories but doesn't do the recommended amounts of exercise

noeffingidea Fri 24-Mar-17 14:09:43

Well, obviously it depends on factors such as size and level of activity. A small woman in a sedentary occupation probably won't need 2000 calories a day. A larger woman in a physically demanding occupation will, or possibly need even more.
Government guidelines are just that, guidelines. I suspect they were formulated at a time when people were generally more active.

SparkleTwinkleGoldGlitter Fri 24-Mar-17 14:10:16

If I eat 2000 calories my weight will maintain

If I want to lose weight I stick to 1600-1700

HairsprayBabe Fri 24-Mar-17 14:11:00

That is what I meant Iwant

I am average height but if I ate 2000 cals a day I definitely gain, I suppose a lot of it is down to genetics as well.

It is the one size fit's all approach that I don't like.

PotteringAlong Fri 24-Mar-17 14:11:52

If you think you've had a treat day by only eating 1500 calories you're not having the right kind of treats...! grin

MsHooliesCardigan Fri 24-Mar-17 14:12:22

I think it's very easy to eat 2000 calories a day. I was in M&S the other day to get a sandwich and a lot of them are well over 500 calories.

Bluntness100 Fri 24-Mar-17 14:12:36

2000 seems a healthy amount to me. Some days more some days less. Averaging out at 2000 a day per week.

And to be honest, if I'm in the mood I can do that in s morning,...😂

HermioneJeanGranger Fri 24-Mar-17 14:12:49

YANBU. 2000 calories is a lot of food!

Greatwhiteworld Fri 24-Mar-17 14:13:43

I personally find 2000 is enough if I am not doing anything, I need more if I am working in the garden or doing physical work

Pinkheart5915 Fri 24-Mar-17 14:14:24

2000 will keep my weight the same. If losing a few pounds I stick to about 1600

themightymoog Fri 24-Mar-17 14:14:24

* Its also important to note that 100 calories from a pizza is different to 100 calories from kale.*


HairsprayBabe Fri 24-Mar-17 14:14:42

That is a good point Cardigan it is much easier to eat more calories of calorie dense food like pizza or chips than it is to eat 2000 calories worth of Kale grin

gleam Fri 24-Mar-17 14:15:03

It's interesting how it's changed. They used to recommend 2000 cals for a man and 1500 for a woman.
If you were dieting, it was 1500 for a man and 1000 for a woman.

HairsprayBabe Fri 24-Mar-17 14:15:45

I didn't know that gleam when did it change?

Nabootique Fri 24-Mar-17 14:16:18

I have to eat 2500+ to maintain my weight. Less and I lose weight, and no, there isn't anything wrong with me or my thyroid, and I have a sedentary job. Everyone is different.

LagunaBubbles Fri 24-Mar-17 14:16:36

YABU. 2000 calories is not a lot of food for someone whos not dieting Obesity is on the rise not because people are eating more than their body is using up.

BeautyQueenFromMars Fri 24-Mar-17 14:16:53

You get a lot less pizza than kale if you're eating 100 calories of each! grin

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