Women between 5' and 5'3" how many calories a day do you eat?

As many of you know there is a lot of conflicting information out there of how many calories you should eat. Personally I have lived in fear before of eating above 1200 calories. Failed time and time again, suffered from overeating due to an "all or nothing" mentality I developed from it.

Currently I am trying something radically different. Using the calculation of my goal weight times 12 to find my daily calories (saw a trainer on tik tok suggest this). So I eat between 1700-1800 a day. I am 5'2"

Women between 5' and 5'3" how many calories a day do you eat? 143 votes

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  • Bridgie3
    Bridgie3 Posts: 139 Member
    I'm not able to comply, being 5'5" but - age plays a part. Young people need more calories than old. so are you able to change your survey to allow people to state their age?

    Cheers, bridget.
  • sollyn23l2
    sollyn23l2 Posts: 221 Member
    I'm 5' even. If I eat between 1500 and 1700 calories I maintain. Anything below and I lose.
  • Strudders67
    Strudders67 Posts: 959 Member
    Your height, age, weight and activity level all have an impact.

    I'm 5'1 (and a half) and maintain at around 1400. However, I usually eat more than that as I'm out walking multiple times a week and an 8 mile hike burns a few calories that need eating back.
  • LiveOnceBeHappy
    LiveOnceBeHappy Posts: 264 Member
    I eat 1200 / day but I’m pretty inactive.
  • emmamcgarity
    emmamcgarity Posts: 1,577 Member
    I’m currently losing at 1300 average this week, but I haven’t been as physically active this week. I’m also older.
  • glassyo
    glassyo Posts: 6,454 Member
    I'm 5'2" and in maintenance (except for the whole going cray cray and gaining this week 😀) and average about 2,000 calories a day but I try to stay active while still awake so I can.
  • ExistingFish
    ExistingFish Posts: 1,238 Member
    I'm 5' and I'm trying to stick to 1500 calories - I should lose slowly at that level.
  • pridesabtch
    pridesabtch Posts: 1,569 Member
    I’m 5”1 on a good day and usually between 1350-1500, with exercise I bump up to 1600-1700. I lose, but only like a pound a week. I also have the occasional date night where we eat out and have drinks. Those days I’m up around 2000, but only every couple of weeks. It looks bad for a day or two on the scales, but all in all it doesn’t seem to hurt me too much.
  • claireychn074
    claireychn074 Posts: 797 Member
    I eat between 2100-2200 to maintain, lm 5’3 and 47 yrs old, and c55kg
  • nooshi713
    nooshi713 Posts: 4,842 Member
    I’m maintaining at 1400-1500 a day. I’m 5’, lightly active, 39 years old and have 30-40 lbs to lose. I haven’t been able to go any lower due to hunger hence why I have not lost weight yet.
  • westrich20940
    westrich20940 Posts: 505 Member
    I eat probably somewhere between 17-1800 calories per day. I also run ~20miles per week...on days that I run, I will probably eat 200-400 calories more...bc I'm hungry. On days that I don't run I usually walk or hike (~3 miles), do strength training simply to support my running 2x per week, and also have days I sit on the couch and watch Youtube/Netflix/etc.

    I'm 5'3". Your activity level is pretty important when it comes to caloric requirements.

  • azuki84
    azuki84 Posts: 164 Member
    I am right at 5’4” ill eat 2100 maintenance
  • mizzpfft
    mizzpfft Posts: 8 Member
    I'm 51 yo and 5'1"/ #121, and my BMR was measured via dexa at 987 /day (which is lower than predicted given height, weight, muscle mass, age, probably from long term restriction/overexecise when younger? like the biggest loser effect?). Dexa also calculated my TDEE is about 1350 with c.4-5 workouts a week, which aligns with MFP. I'm adding in more weight training now. Ideally I'd like to get to about #115 and be able to eat closer to 1400-1500 to maintain but I need to add muscle to get there. The only way I was able to lose any weight recently was a 5 day fasting mimicking diet (5 days at about 500 cal/day). I am not interested in losing weight so much as increasing my metabolism.
  • jellybaby84
    jellybaby84 Posts: 583 Member
    I'm 5'1" and 37 years old. I don't know my weight (I'm too scared to weigh myself!) but it could be anything from 125lbs - 140lbs based on how I feel and how my clothes fit right now. I think my BMI goes into the overweight category at 132lbs so I'm borderline. I'm more comfortable at 105-115lbs.

    I'm relatively sedentary (lightly active job, do some dancing and walking but no heavy exercise) so I think my TDEE is only about 1400-1500. Therefore I think I maintain weight eating around there and would consider 1200 a weight loss diet and 1700 a weight gain diet.

  • cbihatt
    cbihatt Posts: 318 Member
    I’m 5’3”, 42 years old. My calorie target is something like 1720, but how much I eat varies anywhere from 1550-1850, depending on the day. I try to get close to my target, but if I’m hungry enough to go over (or not hungry enough to eat all my calories), I don’t stress about it too much. I try to simultaneously listen to my body while restricting my calories enough to lose weight. It’s a delicate balance.
  • bold_rabbit
    bold_rabbit Posts: 1,198 Member
    edited March 2
    My intake varies wildly, from 1400 - 2000+, but averages from 1700 - 1900 calories.

    57, 5'3", ~114 lbs, in maintenance. Get about 10k steps daily. Do a little yoga and strength training.

    It's been a while since I've let the app give me numbers, but I think MFP set my maintenance almost 200 calories less than I actually need. No idea why, but I'm happy to eat extra!
  • sdavisrdh
    sdavisrdh Posts: 1 Member
    I’m 5’2” 62yo. I’m in a cutting/losing phase, so My caloric goal is 1000. My bmr is 1200. Around 23% body fat. Only 1 week in. I strength train 3x per week and so far I feel great, have energy and have lost 4 lbs. I’m following the Muscle for Life/Mike Matthews plan, counting macros and training.
  • dzinegrl
    dzinegrl Posts: 5 Member
    I’m 5’3” 53 and before MFP I thought I had a problem bc no matter what I did, I couldn’t loose weight. I was walking an hour a day and losing nothing and when I figure out 1200 calories was my target, I finally started losing. Have about 30 to go. Never counted before. Intermittent fasting makes it easier. I find that even at this number, I can’t eat carbs at night or it totally stops my progress even if I’m at my goal calories or even a bit less. It also makes me hungrier at night.
  • Caralarma
    Caralarma Posts: 171 Member
    I'm 5'3 and I find that I won't lose on anything above 1200. I can eat around 1400 to maintain though.

    TIP: Get yourself a fitness tracking watch and sync it up with MFP. It will give you a more personalized calorie budget based on your activity thoughout the day, even if you dont do a proper workout! Instead of focusing on a calorie number like 1200, it rather focuses on how much of a deficit u are in and the amount you eat will change depending on exercise. I just find it better than manually tracking exercise calories