Calorie Counters - how many calories do you eat in a day?




cookinmary
01-22-2010, 12:53 PM
I was wondering how many calories you all eat each day.

I was planning on going with 1800.

mary


kerbear879
01-22-2010, 01:30 PM
I eat around 1600 a day or so..this is give or take. If I exercise a lot in one week then the average may be closer to 1700 to 1800.

seidlet
01-22-2010, 01:37 PM
i eat between 1,000 & 1,300 calories a day of nutrient-dense foods.


souvenirdarling
01-22-2010, 01:52 PM
It really does depend on your weight and height, and how active you are in your day-to-day life. I aim for 1600, though I go between 1400 - 1800. Usually I find less is too restictive. This so far has allowed me to lose weight slowly and comfortably, but not without exercising.

seidlet
01-22-2010, 02:02 PM
It really does depend on your weight and height, and how active you are in your day-to-day life.

totally agreed. i think it also depends on how your individual body works and the types of foods that you're eating - i have plenty of energy eating a pretty seriously low calorie diet, but i don't eat 'empty' calories and have a natural slow metabolism/small appetite. my husband, on the other hand, would keel over on less than 2,000 calories a day, and he is naturally a little underweight!

FreeSpirit
01-22-2010, 03:43 PM
1500-1600.

Mrs Snark
01-22-2010, 04:32 PM
1500-1600 vegan calories.

Mawkish Mo
01-22-2010, 04:37 PM
I'm aiming for 1500 but I usually stop eating around 1250 as precaution for miscalculations. I also like for the calories from healthy foods...

ginnym1981
01-22-2010, 06:57 PM
I aim for 1500 calories.
But the last few days I have eaten 1600-1700 calories so I'm going to try to stick to 1200-1300 until monday to compensate before my weigh in.

mulder1921
01-22-2010, 07:03 PM
I aim for 2000 but usually hit 1600-1850. I burn 3000 most days according to my Go Wear Fit.

Thighs Be Gone
01-22-2010, 07:23 PM
I am getting close to maintenance so I have upped my calories. I am at 2000 and I run 6-7 times a week and have started crosstraining as well. I do not eat back calories.

FreeSpirit
01-22-2010, 07:32 PM
1500-1600 vegan calories.

JINX! Mine are vegan, too. :D

Shmead
01-22-2010, 08:05 PM
1400-1500, but I worked down to that--I started at 2200 or so (I had a lot to lose). Cutting down slowly made all the difference in the world this time--I didn't have to go through a crazy week of adaptation. My calories are entirely lean meat, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and skim milk.

IMHO, calories counting is all about trial and error. Start with any amount--1800 is fine--and see what happens. If after a week or two you aren't losing much, eat less. If you are losing too fast, eat more. The good thing about this method is that even if you are inaccurate in your recording (which many people are if they are not very, very careful about measuring), it's ok as long as you are inaccurate consistently. You establish a baseline and adjust.

laurynrn
01-22-2010, 08:31 PM
I am for 1400.

SNMomof1
01-23-2010, 12:36 AM
It depends on how active I am. If it's a day where I'm at home the whole time looking after my daughter, then 1500. If I'm running errands for a big chunk of the day, 1600-1700. If I hit the gym it's 1700-1800.

You really have to play with your own cals. I was struggling for a week or so after I started working out. I stayed in my range eaching 1300-1500 cals and drinking TONS of water but wasn't loosing anything. I fell off plan by eating a cheeseburger and fries and went about 200cals over my target... and I woke up in the next morning and had LOST over 1llb. That was my clue that I just wasn't eating enough.

I definitely caution against low cal dieting. Many studies show that low cal dieting can severely slow down your metabolism.

Mrs Snark
01-23-2010, 01:25 AM
I am getting close to maintenance so I have upped my calories. I am at 2000 and I run 6-7 times a week and have started crosstraining as well. I do not eat back calories.

Covet, covet, covet!

I'm hoping to be able to slowly move my calories up, 2000 sounds SO fantastic!

caryesings
01-23-2010, 10:13 AM
I average 1500 cals/day with daily range anywhere from 1200-1900.

MakingSkinny
01-23-2010, 10:52 AM
I'm just starting out, but I'm doing well so far between 1200-1300 a day. I'm losing and I don't feel deprived. I'm just taking it one week at a time though, and will adjust it if needed.

ladypeacek
01-23-2010, 11:47 AM
I aim for 1200 myself based on my activity level. I have been at home doing nothing for years so I have to slowly work up on the exercise. I just got a job and it is sitting at a computer all day so that isn't very helpful. I nearly DIE on an eliptical after 10 minutes. I hope as my body gets used to moving again to raise the calorie level. So far down 8 pounds in 9 days.

jigglefree
01-23-2010, 12:06 PM
I did 1200 my first two weeks and I had headaches the first three days but I pressed past it and by day 5 I was feeling full on 1200 calories. 1500 the third week and I plan to continue with the 1500 next week. I plan on alternating every week after my fourth week which is this week. I'm feeling pretty good and it seems if I eat anymore it will be too much. I am full after my meals. I am doing the 30 day shred for exercise and on day 4.

I think you should see how your body does around 1800 so you have plenty of room for adjustments.:exercise::exercise::running::running: Try to include exercise of your choice but start slow. I started walking around the mall everyday for the first two weeks.

tea4me
01-23-2010, 12:11 PM
I am reading the book Calorie Queens, and using their eucalorics formula. I am eating 1800 calories or less a day too. I know that I can succeed without deprivation eating this way. I also don't want to be model thin anymore like in my younger days, so that helps!

cassieroll
01-23-2010, 12:15 PM
1400-1500 but if I exercise and am hungry, i'll eat again.

cookinmary
01-23-2010, 04:49 PM
Wow, thanks all for you input.

I plan on exercising each day, not doing an overkill of it, which have in the past. I will either walk on my treadmill or do a walking tape, walk away the pounds. Some days I do one mile, then on other days, I do the two mile walk.

I do climbs steps alot throughout the day too.

Ive always thought I was an undereater, so with my starting with the 1800 calorie range, I can see just where I am.

Went shopping and got some things and plan on starting Monday. Hopefully, I can quit saying Im starting Monday and really stick with it this time. Know what I mean?

I plan on most of my meals to be vegetarian.

mary

dolphinea
01-23-2010, 04:52 PM
I used the calculator at the fitness/diet tracking site I subscribe to, where you can see different target dates based on how far you "undereat" the calories you'd need to maintain body weight.

Based on starting at 268 lbs, I decided I could live with a daily average, over a week's time, of around 2050 calories. I don't exercise at all, not interested. (I'm not doing anything that I can't do for the rest of my life.) It's been four months now, and I'm down 21 lbs. as of this morning.

I could undercut my calories more and lose faster, but I'm going for the long haul, life-change here.

Ali87
01-23-2010, 09:04 PM
on days off from work i aim for 1200 and work days i aim for 2000

19Deltawifey
01-23-2010, 09:15 PM
I used the calculator at the fitness/diet tracking site I subscribe to, where you can see different target dates based on how far you "undereat" the calories you'd need to maintain body weight.

Based on starting at 268 lbs, I decided I could live with a daily average, over a week's time, of around 2050 calories. I don't exercise at all, not interested. (I'm not doing anything that I can't do for the rest of my life.) It's been four months now, and I'm down 21 lbs. as of this morning.

I could undercut my calories more and lose faster, but I'm going for the long haul, life-change here.

Your my inspiration since my cals are that high and the weight is coming off slow but I keep reminding myself that the slower the better and Im not feeling deprived and as long as Im losing its awesome. Im glad to see that your having success as well

Marms
01-23-2010, 11:07 PM
I aim for 1200-1300 on non workout days and 1400-1500 on workout days. I throw in a 2000 calorie day every so often.

L.J.
01-24-2010, 01:49 PM
what does a 1200 calorie a day look like for those of you doing 1200?

Mikan
01-24-2010, 01:54 PM
I've been keeping close track of my calories using livestrong.com and daily plate. I eat anywhere from 1200kcal a day to 1500, but the site tells me my daily max is 1670. I am losing about 1 lb a week, but I should be losing 2+.

Ilene
01-24-2010, 02:03 PM
what does a 1200 calorie a day look like for those of you doing 1200?
300 calories per meal.... eating whole foods and calorie dense foods, lots of crunchy vegetables ...

VeeDeValentine
01-24-2010, 02:04 PM
what does a 1200 calorie a day look like for those of you doing 1200?

I do 1200-1300 a day~ usually at the lower end, and I love the way I eat. It's healthy, refreshing and I don't feel like I'm starving myself atall~

For breakfast I have: One of the following:
~ A muller light
~ A weightwatchers soup
~ A bowl of bran flakes, skimmed milk & cinnamon.

For lunch I have: One of the following:
~ A filling vegtable salad
~ A selection of cookied veggies
~ Soup
With one of the following:
~ Blueberries, an orange
~ Melon
~ apple~ a general selection of fruit

For sinner I usually have a large veggie stiry fry, and a piece of fruit.

A 8-9ish, I have a bowl of branflakes with calories left :D

cassieroll
01-24-2010, 03:44 PM
what does a 1200 calorie a day look like for those of you doing 1200?not much :rofl:

Actually I think if you're creative enough and pick the right foods, you could do it. I can do it but chose not to because i know it's not realistic for the rest of my life.

seidlet
01-24-2010, 03:50 PM
not much :rofl:

Actually I think if you're creative enough and pick the right foods, you could do it. I can do it but chose not to because i know it's not realistic for the rest of my life.

i've been coming in under 1200 calories and i eat a LOT of food. most of what i eat is raw or lightly cooked veggies, which are ultra filling and low cal. i think it helps me stay within my calorie range since my husband and i are both vegans, so fruits and veggies have always been our main food groups.

cassieroll
01-25-2010, 12:54 AM
I went and looked at my diary.. I guess most days that I exercise I eat probably 1800-2000. On days I'm not hungry and/or don't exercise it's around 1500.

L.J.
01-25-2010, 08:33 AM
Thank you all for your input.

Beverlyjoy
01-25-2010, 11:12 AM
between 1200 and 1600 per day

Sandie V
01-26-2010, 11:23 AM
I aim for 2000 but usually hit 1600-1850. I burn 3000 most days according to my Go Wear Fit.

I love my Gowear Fit!! It's the best, huh?
:carrot:

Firecracker777
01-26-2010, 12:07 PM
I am trying to rotate how many I eat. 4 weeks of 1200-1300 with less exercise and then 4 weeks of 1500-1600 with more exercise. Hopefully this will help in breaking an plateaus I hit

rachael
01-26-2010, 12:47 PM
1400 to 2000 calories, depending on the day. It averages to about 1740/day each week with my couple of days over and couple of days under, and a few right on target. I have consistently lost 3.5lbs a week on that. I do change my weight as it goes down, however, and my calories adjust minutely with each loss. I figured that would be easier than waiting until I lose a bunch of weight and then suddenly losing a bunch of calories when I readjust.

three herring
02-15-2010, 12:08 PM
I eat 970 a day for 5 weeks, 1200 for 5 days. This has to do with being on the road and not because I am trying to calorie cycle. I can't have drinks on the road, so my extra calories are for my beloved french brandy.

I have never been able to lose weight at higher counts, I maintain my weight at 1600. Just me and my body I guess. Don't go by anyone else's count, each person has a different metabolism, activity level and the only way to know what works is to work it until it works for you.

robinobx1
02-15-2010, 03:21 PM
I eat 1400 calories a day and I don't get hungry. I eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.

farn00a57
02-15-2010, 03:53 PM
I eat between 1300 and 1500 calories a day. I also try to exercise for about 45 minutes a day as well. If I exercise more, I allow myself to have a few more calories. I split mine up approximately 300 calories every 2-3 hours. Honestly that works well and I never am really hungry. I'm constantly grazing! haha I really does depend on your body, what is good for you. I would just make sure you stay above 50% of what your daily intake should be to maintain your weight. To avoid potential "starvation mode" if that truly exists.

AutumnSky
02-15-2010, 11:44 PM
I aim between 1200-1400, and try to stick near the lower range on the days I don't exercise (which unfortunately is the majority of days). On the weekends I allow myself one day of up to 2000 cal. I have to keep my numbers low because i don't have that much left to lose, and my metabolism has gotten really slow from all the yo-yo dieting the past 3 years :( I'm also sedentary much of the day, especially now in the winter when I don't want to be outside. I also don't get to exercise that often when I have a lot due for school.

A typical day for me is something like this:

breakfast:
microwavable egg white/turkey sausage/cheese sandwich; or 2 pieces of light toast with a tablespoon of light peanut butter and a banana; or oatmeal and an apple. and coffee with skim milk and splenda

lunch:
smart ones frozen meal or a turkey sandwich (light bread, low fat cheese, mustard) veggies, and grapes or applesauce

dinner:
varies because i love to cook and change it up all the time, but its usually some combination of a lean protein or vegetarian soy thing, lots of veggies, and a whole-grain carb

i save myself 100-150 calories for dessert to curb the late night snacking.. usually a weight watchers ice cream or a vitamuffin

i try not to snack during the day because i realized that usually doesn't work for me and leads to grazing all day. but if i go to the gym i will have a snack of about 150 cal in the afternoon

babygrant
02-16-2010, 12:03 AM
I eat 970 a day for 5 weeks, 1200 for 5 days. This has to do with being on the road and not because I am trying to calorie cycle.

Wow.....do you not feel ill with that little amount of calories???

babygrant
02-16-2010, 12:04 AM
I eat between 1300 and 1700 calories a day. When I average out my days for the week I hit around 1500. It's neat how everything works out!

TempleBody
02-16-2010, 12:53 AM
I never calorie counted but I'm going to start calorie counting on 1,800 calories a day starting tomorrow. I've got a goal to get down 2lbs a week so I'm hoping that adjustment will get me there. If not, then I'll go down to 1,600 and then 1,400. What can I say?! im a noob at calorie counting!

DaisyNicole
02-16-2010, 08:15 AM
I am trying to hit between 1600 - 1800 every day. I work out 6 times a week, so I think that is a reasonable goal. Of course, if I find i need to adjust i will. This time around I am trying to cut out added sugars, so that is definitely a help in hitting the calorie goal.

randomcards
02-16-2010, 05:11 PM
I shoot for 1800-2000, but usually have several days in the 1600 range and once a week between 2000-2500.

I tend to have pretty large calorie swings daily, I don't meal plan to hit a target, it hasn't bitten me yet, but I might reevaluate if I start to plateau.

k15g15
12-29-2010, 02:29 PM
1500 for me, but I totally agree with Shmead. Start at 1800 and adjust as needed. Good luck!