How much do you eat?

  • asana

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:26 PM GMT
    Does anyone count calories? I do, and I typically eat anywhere from 1800-2700 cals in a day, usually with a goal of 2300. I saw a dietician the other day, and she thinks that 2300 is too low, and that I should bring it 2700, with a range between 2300-3000. Full disclosure, I'm seeing her for help with some disordered eating tendencies, but I'm not emaciated (5'10, 167lb). I've been lifting a lot more lately, and am trying to bring my body fat % down from 16 to 12. Does increasing it make sense? It doesn't to me, but then again I am kinda crazy about this stuff. Is 2300 too low?
  • calibro

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:59 PM GMT
    eleventy calories a day!
  • calibro

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    Feb 06, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
    but to be serious, you should probably be eating 3,000-4000 a day depending on how active you are
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    Feb 06, 2013 3:01 PM GMT
    calibro saideleventy calories a day!

    Twelveteen, a meal! icon_mad.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:27 PM GMT
    4200-4600 per day.
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    Feb 06, 2013 4:44 PM GMT
    1200 to 1500 daily. On vacation, I don't count the calories.
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:34 PM GMT
    Eating more to loose fat is a little counter-intuitive, but it works in some cases.

    I got along along on 1200 - 1500 a day for many years. Did tons of cardio. And just stayed skinny-fat. I had to increase the total and cram in a lot more protein. I'm still not super happy with it, and it's still difficult to down more than 2000-2200, but I seem to be holding around 10 - 12% bf without too much effort.

    Edit: I don't count calories all the time. Just once in a while, I'll log everything I eat for a week, then add it up afterwards. Maybe once in a year or two.
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    asana saidDoes anyone count calories? I do, and I typically eat anywhere from 1800-2700 cals in a day, usually with a goal of 2300. I saw a dietician the other day, and she thinks that 2300 is too low, and that I should bring it 2700, with a range between 2300-3000. Full disclosure, I'm seeing her for help with some disordered eating tendencies, but I'm not emaciated (5'10, 167lb). I've been lifting a lot more lately, and am trying to bring my body fat % down from 16 to 12. Does increasing it make sense? It doesn't to me, but then again I am kinda crazy about this stuff. Is 2300 too low?


    I count calories all the time. The way I look is by design.

    E.g., for breakfast, I had a 1250 calories Serious Mass weight gainer drink.

    When I'm in contest mode, I also weigh, and document, in a spread sheet, everything that goes into my mouth. I quantify everything using the USDA PCS 24 database, and a postal scale, or the wrapper (if I'm eating out), or a best guess.

    In contest mode, I'll bring my calories around 5500 to support my vigorous activity.

    Without knowing your LBM (lean body mass) you can't compute the caloric requirement, so...who knows if you are eating enough, but, at first glance, it sounds low for anyone with any level of physical activity.
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    Feb 06, 2013 5:40 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidEating more to loose fat is a little counter-intuitive, but it works in some cases.

    I got along along on 1200 - 1500 a day for many years. Did tons of cardio. And just stayed skinny-fat. I had to increase the total and cram in a lot more protein. I'm still not super happy with it, and it's still difficult to down more than 2000-2200, but I seem to be holding around 10 - 12% bf without too much effort.

    Edit: I don't count calories all the time. Just once in a while, I'll log everything I eat for a week, then add it up afterwards. Maybe once in a year or two.


    Gotta' fuel the furnace.
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    Feb 06, 2013 7:57 PM GMT
    Never enough... wish I had some ass right now!
  • PolaroidSwing...

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    Feb 06, 2013 8:34 PM GMT
    Volume-wise not a whole lot, I'm on Adderall and it kills my appetite.
    I just have to make a point of eating a good breakfast before I take it in the morning, and then I'm generally hungry again later in the evening.
    I can tolerate yogurts/shakes and things in-between; but can't really bring myself to eat much of anything solid.
  • jakekid123

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    Feb 06, 2013 8:53 PM GMT
    You also need to remember that calories are man's attempt to quantify food and nutrition, and by no means are all calories comparable. I hate counting them, or even weighing myself. I focus on eating when hungry, and then eating real food when I do so. The easier it is to trace a food item back to the ground and sun (or animal), the better. It's not a special diet, but a lifestyle.

    If you're still hungry, than eat some more, your body is signaling a need for more. However, when eating more processed foods, hunger can be 'synthetic' and not reflective of a need for more food, since many processed foods interfere with the body's satiety signals.

    Just my two cents.

  • LJay

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    Feb 06, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    I eat too damned much becuse I weigh too damned much and I have an insatiable appetite.

    WHY does food taste so good?
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    Feb 06, 2013 9:06 PM GMT
    mmm...food
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    Feb 06, 2013 9:15 PM GMT
    Typically anywhere between 2700 - 3500 caLories daily
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    Feb 06, 2013 9:26 PM GMT
    No more than 1200 calories per day and practically all my carbs come from non-starchy green vegetables. Anymore and I gain ever so gradually that it's hard to notice until a persistent 5 pounds is added over 4 months or so. Everyone is different but this is what has kept me lean in my forties.
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    Feb 06, 2013 9:32 PM GMT
    Like about 2000 ishould be eating more though!!!
  • rdberg1957

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    Feb 06, 2013 11:11 PM GMT
    I use MyFitnessPal website to count. 1500-1700 calories/day post gastric bypass. I will try to ratchet down as I am maintaining at this level and would like to lose 40lbs. I think 1300-1500 should do it. I had a VO2 max which was quite low due to the way a gastric bypass impacts your metabolism (slows it way down). I am doing cardio 3-4x/week, trying to do some cardio at 55-65% of max heart rate.
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    Feb 06, 2013 11:46 PM GMT
    I use myfitnesspal as well. I use it mostly to fine tune my diet when i'm trying to get a little leaner. It tracks both food and exercise so the app adjusts your calorie intake based on how much exercise you get.
    My base calorie intake is 1200 but increases with activity which amounts to an increase of about 600 calories a day.
    Now that said, I have the application set to lose 2 lbs a week for three weeks until i get to my goal weight again.
    The calorie intake might be perfect if you're getting exercise to offset the increase and you're trying to maintain.
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    Feb 07, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    Calories are not the main determiner of how or if you store weight. What you're eating is much more important.

    The bottom line to weight gain and loss is an insulin reaction. The body responds to elevations in blood glucose by releasing insulin (too much glucose is toxic to the brain, so the body actually responds to us eating carbohydrates as though it were under attack). The body is attempting to lower blood sugar and the only way to do that is to metabolize it (make you hyper) or store it (as tissue). The insulin forces energy and nutrients in the bloodstream into the cells, which for most people ends up being fat cells. Without an insulin reaction, there is no fat storage.

    If you want to drop weight, manage your carbohydrate intake. It is much more important than the sheer volume of the food you're eating. With your body type (you look like you trend ectomorph to me) this should solve most of your problems.
  • hrd177

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    Feb 07, 2013 9:14 PM GMT
    i want 2 loose more body fat but without supliments , any 1 tell me how 2 do it . I do half hour cardio per day n lift 30 mins per day . I'm at about 1700 cals per day -all clean =veggies brown rice , chicken brest n fish oatmeal all this daily . I can't go lower because my job , so i would appreciate some info much thanx in advance.
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    Feb 07, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    I don't really look at calories. I just eat it lol food that is
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 08, 2013 2:28 AM GMT
    I don't count calories, but overeat all the time! I have no portion control. I just workout more if I feel fat, and it turns to muscle.
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:29 AM GMT
    too damn much.....
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    Feb 08, 2013 2:33 AM GMT
    PolaroidSwinger saidVolume-wise not a whole lot, I'm on Adderall and it kills my appetite.
    I just have to make a point of eating a good breakfast before I take it in the morning, and then I'm generally hungry again later in the evening.
    I can tolerate yogurts/shakes and things in-between; but can't really bring myself to eat much of anything solid.


    Bleh, I hated my ADHD meds. Doesn't go well with my muscle building regimen. I'd have to force myself to eat my required calories, but I'd feel sick for doing it. I just settle for fish oil and stay away from those things, now.

    I get about 2700-3100 calories a day, depending on my activity level.