Ladies - What are your maintenance calories?

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  • SafioraLinnea
    SafioraLinnea Posts: 628 Member
    edited August 2017
    5'3.5" 165lbs. I lose eating 1750-2050 calories but I may need to up my calories more to continue the half to one pound loss goal, as I've recently increased my activity. I have no desire to increase my rate of loss with activity, I just really like swimming.

    I nurse a baby, walk for 30-60 minutes 5 days a week, and I've just started going swimming 1-2 times a week. Otherwise I'm a SAHM who is going back to work soon as an RN (read: on my feet for 85-90% of an 8 or 12 hour shift).
  • need2belean
    need2belean Posts: 349 Member
    edited August 2017
    havronab wrote: »
    I'm curious how many calories you guys can eat and maintain? I'm trying to calculate mine, but online calculators give me a range from 2100 to 2600. However, looking at my own data (I've been consuming 1900 calories on average and losing 2 lbs per week average over the last 3 months), I'm getting 2900ish, but that seems crazy high. So here are my questions.

    What are your stats?
    What is your exercise routine?
    What are your maintenance calories?

    I'm 5'7 and currently 173.5 (started at 295 almost a year ago).
    I exercise 5 days per week, 3 days lifting heavy, cardio all 5 days (20-60 minutes at varying levels of intensity depending how my body feels). I'm fairly active during the day (lots of cooking, cleaning, & chasing after kids).
    I'm estimating my maintenance calories to be at 2900, though I'm curious if that is realistic and welcome any input.
    I'm curious to see other people's stats! Thanks!

    I think that's very realistic if you do all that exercise on top of being active throughout the day. I'm 6'0" and I'm maintaining right now at around 2200-2300 calories but I also don't eat back my exercise calories because I never have. So, I'm probably only around 2000 maintaining on average (I usually have some sort of event on Saturdays which brings those calories close to 3000 so it averages out) but I also have a sit down job. So, besides my 80-90minutes of exercise 5 days a week, I'm sitting most of the day. I'm maintaining right now around 173lbs.

    Although, after reading all your comments, it seems I should be eating back some of my exercise calories but I just a little terrified to eat around 2500. I guess I can try it out.
  • RedSierra
    RedSierra Posts: 253 Member
    I'm 5'4", 63 year old female, 136 pounds.

    I lost 41 pounds last year using MFP and have maintained since November 2016. I give myself a 5 pound range, around 140 (145 is my overweight line).

    I exercise by walking every day about 60-90 minutes. Once in a while I jog.

    I think my maintenance calories are 1540, but I usually eat more than that. I log everything, but I don't worry if I go over a few hundred calories -- to be honest, I have almost never measured or weighed my food, although I do read labels. I tend to eat the same simple food. I weigh myself every day, watch the scale, and watch how my clothes fit. The scale is my friend.
  • mfpmishka
    mfpmishka Posts: 36 Member
    5'8, 33 years old, 125lbs, running 30-50 miles per week, walking dog and doing house shores, otherwise resting, my maintenance is 2200-2600.
  • nowine4me
    nowine4me Posts: 3,986 Member
    5-7" 145# -- maintain at 2000, burn 500 per day with intentional exercise and lift 3x/week
  • susanofarrell
    susanofarrell Posts: 30 Member
    I had myself tested at the Docs and it 1530 calories a day maintenance for me.
    I'm 5 7 and 53 yo at 180 lbs. To lose weight, I go to 1250 or 1300 calories a day (which can be tough to sustain).
    Good luck!
  • JessicaMcB
    JessicaMcB Posts: 1,503 Member
    5'10", 26, 130. Very active outside of intentional exercise (15-20k steps a day because children), 100+km running a week, maintained between 3,300 and 4,000 for the last year.
  • newheavensearth
    newheavensearth Posts: 870 Member
    First, congratulations on your weight loss and you look super!

    My stats: 5'3", still losing

    SW 208
    CW 138
    GW 125 (pending dietitian consult next week)
    Current calories w/o exercise 1320 (1/2 lb per week)
    Maintenace calories w/o exercise 1570

    Exercise: 1 hr daily cardio. Weights, 1 hr, 3-4 times per week. Sometimes I do extra cardio for stress stress relief and to avoid binge eating so its not unusual for me to have a 1000 calorie burn here and there. I do eat some back.
  • Graelwyn75
    Graelwyn75 Posts: 4,404 Member
    At present it seems to be between 2000-2800 including exercise. I am tall however and have quite a high lean mass.
  • Rashawnab
    Rashawnab Posts: 24 Member
    havronab wrote: »
    I'm curious how many calories you guys can eat and maintain? I'm trying to calculate mine, but online calculators give me a range from 2100 to 2600. However, looking at my own data (I've been consuming 1900 calories on average and losing 2 lbs per week average over the last 3 months), I'm getting 2900ish, but that seems crazy high. So here are my questions.

    What are your stats?
    What is your exercise routine?
    What are your maintenance calories?

    I'm 5'7 and currently 173.5 (started at 295 almost a year ago).
    I exercise 5 days per week, 3 days lifting heavy, cardio all 5 days (20-60 minutes at varying levels of intensity depending how my body feels). I'm fairly active during the day (lots of cooking, cleaning, & chasing after kids).
    I'm estimating my maintenance calories to be at 2900, though I'm curious if that is realistic and welcome any input.
    I'm curious to see other people's stats! Thanks!

    5 ft 2 in, 124 lbs, maintaining at 1720 (exercise not included)
  • MakePeasNotWar
    MakePeasNotWar Posts: 1,336 Member
    42, 5'9" 148 lb

    40-60 minutes cardio 3 days a week, 40-ish minutes weights plus 20 minutes cardio 3 days a week, lightly active outside exercise bouts

    Maintain at about 2700
  • PowerliftingMom
    PowerliftingMom Posts: 430 Member
    58 YO, 5'0", 137lbs. and maintenance cals are between 1600-1800. I'm a powerlifter and lift 4x/week and do minimal cardio
  • bbell1985
    bbell1985 Posts: 4,582 Member
    5'4"
    140
    1800
    Lifting and no cardio, lightly active

    I might be able to push it to 1900, or it could be 1900. But I'm a crap logger these days.
  • tomteboda
    tomteboda Posts: 2,171 Member
    5'9", 39 years old
    155 lbs
    Sedentary: 1400 calories
    15K+ steps: 2000 calories

    Frankly this seems grossly unfair to me, but what can you do?
  • Keapix
    Keapix Posts: 92 Member
    I went into maintenance on Saturday, and MFP has given me - at 5' 6" - 1640 calories per day. Disappointingly, it's not many more than my weight loss phase! I typically earn around 300 activity calories, so my guess is that it will be about 1900.
  • SmithsonianEmpress
    SmithsonianEmpress Posts: 1,163 Member
    bbell1985 wrote: »
    5'4"
    140
    1800
    Lifting and no cardio, lightly active

    I might be able to push it to 1900, or it could be 1900. But I'm a crap logger these days.

    Nothing to do with this thread....I just love your profile pic...it speaks volumes
  • brznhabits
    brznhabits Posts: 126 Member
    5'4
    41
    Female
    210 lbs
    Maintenance is around 2200 - I fit right in between what calculators say for sedentary and lightly active. I manually override my target in settings.
    For slow loss my target is 1800 (before added activity cals). I have a desk job but walk about a mile and do the stairs a couple times a day which I don't add separately. If I exercise in the evening it's usually light, walking/yoga, and I add the activity separately and typically don't eat those small cals back.

    My activity sky rockets on most weekends and I log those separately. I typically log only half the minutes and often eat all those cals back.
  • bbell1985
    bbell1985 Posts: 4,582 Member
    bbell1985 wrote: »
    5'4"
    140
    1800
    Lifting and no cardio, lightly active

    I might be able to push it to 1900, or it could be 1900. But I'm a crap logger these days.

    Nothing to do with this thread....I just love your profile pic...it speaks volumes

    Thank you:) It's the new look I decided to wear. Easier to maintain.
  • trjjoy
    trjjoy Posts: 666 Member
    SOOOOO many! I'm breastfeeding and I'm still losing weight at 5.5 months post-partum. I am 1.63m and 61kg. I can get away with, at bare minimum, 2500+ calories without doing intentional exercise.
  • singingflutelady
    singingflutelady Posts: 8,738 Member
    edited August 2017
    41, 5'8, 121.5, sedentary due to illness/recovering from major surgery and still have open wound, 1500-1600. I basically lay in bed all day as sitting is painful. Only intentional exercise is 30 minutes walking around 4 days a week.