How many calories should I be eating?

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    Jan 07, 2013 8:03 PM GMT
    I just started Ironman training. I started using the livestrong app to track my food intake and such. It says I should be eating 2,500 calories per day. Yesterday, I ate 2,000 but burned 1,300, so my net calories for the day was only 700. Is that too few?

    Should I be shooting to eat 2000-2,500 + what I burn in workouts, or just 2,000-2,500?
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    Jan 08, 2013 1:00 AM GMT
    First you need to eat your base metabolic rate for calorie consumption. What your body needs to stay alive in a coma. This varies a lot from one person to the next. Next you need a lifestyle adjuster based on your life outside of a coma. Put those two together and that's what you need to maintain weight.

    So if Livestrong gives you a base + lifestyle of 2000 cals then that's what you need to eat just to maintain muscle and normative body behavior. If you burn 1300 (!) cals in the gym then you need to eat 3300 cals. If you want to add weight then eat more. If you want to lose weight then eat less.

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    Jan 10, 2013 4:11 AM GMT
    Thanks, thats the most basic direct answer I have gotten.
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    Jan 10, 2013 4:32 AM GMT
    Excess calories = weight gain. So unless you are bulking, you only need to meet your daily usage.
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    Jan 10, 2013 4:39 AM GMT
    Medjai saidExcess calories = weight gain. So unless you are bulking, you only need to meet your daily usage.

    Yes, but his math was wrong.
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    Jan 10, 2013 4:47 AM GMT
    singlegradiu saidI just started Ironman training. I started using the livestrong app to track my food intake and such. It says I should be eating 2,500 calories per day. Yesterday, I ate 2,000 but burned 1,300, so my net calories for the day was only 700. Is that too few?

    Should I be shooting to eat 2000-2,500 + what I burn in workouts, or just 2,000-2,500?


    Way too few. You cannot sustain on that kind of calories for long. I'd say eat at least 2500 a day plus whatever you burned. It's not like you're trying to lose weight....you're trying to build up endurance and you cannot do that with so few calories
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    Jan 11, 2013 9:42 PM GMT
    Sounds great! I have been eating paleo, so even when I eat a lot its not that many calories. Maybe I should re-introduce grain into my diet. haha