How many calories a day do you eat? (Link)

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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:47:08 PM
I've been tracking my food with this nifty little tool -- apparently (and I've been trying to be really honest) I've been consuming 1300-1500 a day (including my evening glass of wine).

I also apparently get more than enough vegetables (though I've been making an effort here too)...but not enough dairy or fruit. I would rather eat vegetables than fruit....what about you?

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Posted: 2/12/2013 10:54:03 PM
Somewhere between 1,400 and 1,800 a day (I'm tall and apparently those are my needs, if that makes sense). I use Lose It!


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Posted: 2/12/2013 11:18:11 PM
I consume roughly 1300 a day. I'm using MyFitnessPal and it suggests I have 1330 per day to lose weight.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 11:39:56 PM
I aim for around 1200/day.

If you do the calculations for my size, I should eat less to lose weight. When I am consistent, I lose close to 0.5 lbs a week and that includes 4-6 hrs of cardio each week.

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Posted: 2/12/2013 11:46:00 PM
When I am being good I aim for 1200 calories per day. That's only 300 calories per meal plus another 300 calories for snacks. It's tough! I was doing that before Christmas and I was able to lose close to 1kg per week - without exercise (that's about 2.2 pounds). DSO tries to stick to 1800 calories per day, obviously being a man he can afford to have more than me and still lose weight.

ETA: I know that I do NOT eat nearly enough vegetables!!

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Posted: 2/13/2013 12:07:33 AM
It's interesting that supposedly I need 2000 calories per day (I'm fairly active, though not very active) and yet if I am really only getting about 1500 I'm not losing any weight....


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Posted: 2/13/2013 2:00:27 AM
Around 2500 on non training days, when I am training I am doing about 3,000 a day. But that is about 2.5 hour a day in the gym.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 5:53:02 AM
So OP, are you not LOVING that tracker I posted?

It's been so illuminating if nothing else, for seeing where my trouble spots are...for me, it's the empty calories. I am switching to 1% milk, and going to a less-tasty coffee creamer. Those two items kill me on empty calories!

I'm on the 1600 calorie a day regimen. I have not gone over but once, since the charts are so easy to read. I LOVE the site. I'm glad my professor introduced it to our class; it's been really great. I'm down five pounds in three weeks; which I know is the right way to lose weight: slowly and effectively. (Just gotta stay on the regimen even after my class is over, lol.)


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Posted: 2/13/2013 6:13:39 AM
I've been able to lose .5 lb per week on 2,000 cal. I do a lot of cardio like Melissa.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 6:45:37 AM
I get between 1500-1600 a day. I'm a little frustrated with the bar graph on the reporting page. I eat things like greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and beans for protein. But it puts the yogurt and cottage cheese, which each have a good amount of protein, in just the dairy category. So it says that I'm at 12% for protein, so way deficient. When I pull up the separate nutrient report, it says my goal is 46g of protein, but that I actually ate 77g, so why is the bar graph saying I'm so much under my goal? I should be at 150% of the goal, not 12%.


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Posted: 2/13/2013 6:55:47 AM
I gain on 1200 calories and lose under 900 or so, and I'm usually somewhere in between. I eat way more veggies than fruit. Unfortunately, I'm small boned and old with a slow metabolism. I dread fetting even older - my poor mothers gains on 900 calories!


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Posted: 2/13/2013 7:15:13 AM
I aim for 1400 calories a day and am tracking using MyFitnessPal. I was doing 1200 calories, but found that while I was losing weight faster I was grumpy. The extra 200 calories makes all the difference in the world to me.



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Posted: 2/13/2013 8:01:51 AM
I typically eat around 1300 but on days I exercise I eat around 1700. I eat some, not all my exercise calories back. I usually burn between 300-600 calories exercising so I need to eat some of those back

Also, just this week I had enough with counting calories and am just trying to eat clean and not worry so much. So far, so good!

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Posted: 2/13/2013 8:08:12 AM
I use My Fitness Pal. I stay around 1200 a day and exercise about 500 calories which I don't usually eat back. I'm down 34 pounds since the beginning of August.


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Posted: 2/13/2013 8:28:36 AM
Thank you for posting that calorie tracker. I've never used one and am trying to lose weight. Unsuccessfully!

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Posted: 2/13/2013 8:37:53 AM
I use myfitnesspal and because I burn 600-800 calories a day in exercise I typically eat 1800 a day or more.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 8:58:18 AM
Kelpie - yes I am having fun with it! I'm using it for this class - they had an assignment with it -- it is an open class that anyone can take, I'm loving it -- through ucsf -- you all should listen to some of the lectures



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Posted: 2/13/2013 9:04:41 AM
I really have no idea how many calories I'm eating. I use Weight Watchers to track...but before that I was at about 1400. I tried 1200 and that would just leave me feeling starved all the time. So I bumped it up a little bit and would anywhere between 1200 and 1350 usually.

The only steadfast rule I try to stick to is no eating after 7pm.

PS -- Annabella, what are you doing to burn 800 calories in one workout.

I can sometimes burn a little over 600 in one workout, but I've never hit anything over that unless it's a rare day where I do a full workout and then a bootcamp or spin class or something immediately following. Unfortunately, those days don't happen that often.


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Posted: 2/13/2013 7:25:27 PM
Since Jan 1, I've been eating between 1300 and 1400 calories per day. I'm losing weight on it and it's been enough for me. I track o Myfitnesspal


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Posted: 2/13/2013 8:46:07 PM
I use myfitnesspal, too. My goal right now is 1500 but I'm not losing so will probably drop it down a bit. I don't want to go too low since I am still breast feeding but it I am losing motivation due to not seeing progress. The last week and a half has not been good.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 9:21:08 PM
I loose at about 600-700 calories a day. I maintain about 1000-1300 a day.
I have a slooooowwww metabolism and hypothyroidism..
I eat a lot of lean proteins, veggies & fruit.


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Posted: 2/13/2013 9:22:41 PM
Yeah i am more of a veggies eater than fruit eater.
The only way i will eat fruit is i buy the no sugar added fruit cups. There only about 50 calories a cup.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 9:51:37 PM
A lot!
I use My Fitness Pal most of the time. Typically, I eat about 2000 calories a day and maintain. If I want to lose, I drop to 1800. But I burn an average of about 1800 calories 5 days a week teaching group fitness classes, so I need fuel.

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Posted: 2/13/2013 10:22:49 PM

Annabella, what are you doing to burn 800 calories in one workout.

I walk to work everyday and go out and walk 1 hour on my lunch break. That burns 320 calories, I wore a hrm once. I walk at 2.5 miles per hour I would guess, so a leisurely pace. Then I have my real workout at the gym afterwards and if I lift weights that's another 124 calories in my 20 min routine. Then there's the days where I do an exercise video in the morning and yoga after work.

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