How many calories a day do you eat ?



  • silverinc13
    silverinc13 Posts: 216 Member
    I eat around 2000-2100, but I use TDEE, not the adding exercise calories method.
  • Rose6300
    Rose6300 Posts: 232 Member
    I eat 1200 plus all my exercise calories. I don't use MFP estimates for exercise calories though, I calculate them offline. I'm 51 years old, 5'6", and I've lost average 1.4 pounds a week over the last 16 weeks.
  • eganita
    eganita Posts: 501 Member
    5'3" and about 130-135 lbs. I recently switched to the TDEE - 20% method, so I am now eating 1900 calories per day (and not eating back exercise calories, since that's already built in). So far, I feel great... lots of energy to get my workouts in, and I don't go to bed feeling hungry. I haven't been doing this long enough to see if there are any results on the scale (or via the tape measure), though.
  • lilystan
    lilystan Posts: 24 Member
    1000, and yes I know I'm not supposed to eat less than 1200 but I cannot lose any weight on a 1200 calorie program. I am losing about 1/2 to 3/4 lb a week and it is pretty steady. I have lost 12.8 lb since I started and have 5 to go. I am 65 and 5'3"
  • FruityLoops
    FruityLoops Posts: 138 Member
    Was eating around 1450 calories plus exercise calories on top of that, but now I eat 1700 calories regardless of whether or not I exercise that day.

    I exercise 5 out of 7 days a week usually, so this evens out my average exercise calories out over the week. It equates to about the same, except now I don't struggle on the 2 days I don't exercise. There's no chance I would ever drop to 1200 calories, imho there's just no need.
  • morf13
    morf13 Posts: 151 Member
    I am in the losing stage, just started. I am allowed 2640 calories a day in order for me to lose 2 lbs per week. You can fit alot into 2600 calories. I usually have a 300-400 calorie breakfast, a 600-800 calorie lunch, a 300 calorie snack, and about a 900-1100 calorie dinner,which keeps me right at or just under my goal. I eat the biggest meal for dinner with hopes that it keeps me full until bedtime, and so that I am not tempted to snack at night. The low calorie breakfast is pretty easy for me, it's the lunch until dinner time that I worry about staying focused,and on track
  • maryrunslikeafox
    maryrunslikeafox Posts: 136 Member
    Between 1500-1800. I do crossfit and I'm 173 5'5. Although I look like I weigh 150-160
  • xteenastyle
    xteenastyle Posts: 13 Member
    2400-2500 after recovering from an eating disorder :)
  • Mischievous_Rascal
    Mischievous_Rascal Posts: 1,791 Member
    I maintain at 2500-2600, including exercise calories. I don't measure them anymore, since they're pretty consistent week to week and I use the TDEE method. I guess I net around 2100 on exercise days.
  • NovemberJune
    NovemberJune Posts: 2,525 Member
    My TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) is right around 2000, so if I'm maintaining, that's what I eat. If I'm trying to lose, I try for 1600-1800. (that's calories, not net calories)
  • princessmommy122
    princessmommy122 Posts: 135 Member
    I try to stick to the 1200 calories a day plus I eat at least half of my exercise calories as well, just wondered what everyone else did.

    I'm exactly this. It's difficult sometimes but I am 5'2" and I can not lose weight without keeping my cals low.
  • Cynner2007
    Cynner2007 Posts: 46 Member
    MFP had me at 1250 which made me miserable. I put myself at 1400 and am much happier. I work out 5 to 6 times weekly for 40 to 55 minutes.
  • Noogynoogs
    Noogynoogs Posts: 1,028 Member
    5 ft 51 on 1200'losing a steady 2 1b per week
  • cerumens
    cerumens Posts: 45 Member
    I was eating 1200 for a few months and working out 6 days a week burning 300-400 per session and NOT loosing. I now follow TDEE - 20% which is around 1610 calories and am loosing consistently. I am 5'4" and in my 40's. I recalculate as I loose using this calculator :

    IT was scary to eat more but it really works and I am so much happier :)
  • ttknowles01
    ttknowles01 Posts: 255 Member
    I eat between 1200 and 1400 net calories. I'm 5'3.5" and currently 186ish. I work out 6-7 days a week.
  • LolBroScience
    LolBroScience Posts: 4,555 Member
    3130 right now.
  • Pirate_chick
    Pirate_chick Posts: 1,216 Member
    between 1200 and 1700 (my TDEE -25%)
  • November_Fire
    November_Fire Posts: 165 Member
    1400 approximately - I can go up to 1500 if I want, or stay at 1300. I burn around 1700-1800. I have no desire to lose the weight particularly fast so I won't go as low as 1200. It's not sustainable for me.
  • bcattoes
    bcattoes Posts: 17,299 Member
    My daily calories vary greatly. Some days are probably around 1000 and some are 2500 (or more). I probably average about 1700 daily. I'm only losing about 1 lb every month or so this way. But weight loss is not my primary focus right now.
  • ACoBildo
    ACoBildo Posts: 5 Member
    1540 + Exercise Calories = ~1900 a day and losing 1.5 lbs a week