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How many calories do you eat in a day?


I have no idea
18% (668 votes)
1,500 calories or less
36% (1376 votes)
1,500-2,000 calories
32% (1194 votes)
2,000+ calories
14% (532 votes)
Total votes: 3770
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35 comments

Anonymous wrote 2 years 50 weeks ago

I have been on the eat 1500

I have been on the eat 1500 calories per day/burn 3000 calories per day diet for 10 weeks. I work out 6 days a week, which I know can be tough but you just DO IT. I rest on Sunday's (like my Creator, heh. Anyway, the deficit has me losing about 3 lbs a week.

I eat a ton of protein which helps prevent muscle loss with such an extreme diet. I also weight train 2-3 times a week.

I have lost 35 lbs in 10 weeks and I'm just about done. At which point, I go back to maintaining. Eat = Burn. Looking forward to that!!!!!!!!

I use the calorie counter app on my phone to track Food and Exercise. I break a multivitamin into 2 pieces and take it twice a day. I also use a fat burner/thermogenic/stimulant called OEP. (google it for info).

Thanks for reading.

PS Drink tons of water!

Anonymous wrote 3 years 11 weeks ago

The people who complain about

The people who complain about how hard it is to lose weight are the same ones who think a "brisk walk" is sufficient exercise. You are supposed to take those times with the trainer to learn how to do YOUR work out on the off time. Working out is a tolerance thing. You sound like you really can't tolerate much and are quick to use the "boohoo" excuse to gain attention. I lost 40 pounds in 60 months from eating right and being conscious of my rather sedentary nature. Walking everywhere, 10 minutes of cardio every hour, push ups every time you end up alone helps compliment the weightless with some toning. Now my weight is what I want it to be. Down to the pound I have full control of how much I weight based on how much I eat alone. The problem is in setting a routine. Once you have set a routine your workout is no longer the variable. The only remaining variable is FOOD. That feels so much better than not knowing what to do.

Anonymous wrote 3 years 14 weeks ago

I went to a special Weight

I went to a special Weight loss clinic when I was 48 years old. I am physically fit and have always been active. I had gained 25 pounds slowly, over a 10 year period and wanted to take it off. The calorie intake was 1200 calories...exactly, and I never deviated from the diet at all. I walked briskly 30 mins a day and worked out with a trainer 3x a week. At the end of one month (one very expensive month), I had lost 5 1/2 pounds. There is nothing wrong with me, no pills, no meds, and no "conditions" to blame. I really am amazed that when I read these blogs there are people who think all you have to do is stop eating carbs and you'll lose 5 pounds a week. It's hard work, and harder for some of us than others. My friend has 2 poodles who are siblings. THey get the same monitored meals of kibble per day. ONe dog is normal, one is fatter. You can cry about being one of the unlucky ones, or just stop eating, don't compare yourself to others, and don't make food so important in your life....there are lots of other hobbies out there besides being a "foodie" and cooking and eating all the time. Why don't you take up a sport, or something physical? And just face the music.

 
teta131 wrote 4 years 16 weeks ago

i love how many people eat

i love how many people eat under 1500 calories. i'm sorry, that's ridiculous. but i mean, i cant really judge. i eat 3000+ a day because im a swimmer, and i guess the idea of not is just completely alien to me

Anonymous wrote 4 years 29 weeks ago

I love how there are so many

I love how there are so many people who berate those who say they eat 1500 or less. I am 4 weeks into a calorie controlled diet, I have lost almost 8 pounds and never eat above 1400 calories a day, mostly around 1200. I do this so that I will have a large enough calorie deficit to lose 2 pounds a week.

Please dont judge people if you dont know their personal story. Just because you cant do it doesnt mean they cant.

Good luck everyone. Weight loss is a very personal thing whichever way you decide to do it!

Anonymous wrote 4 years 32 weeks ago

I yoyo dieted for years. I

I yoyo dieted for years. I kept gaining as I got further from menopause. When my periods stopped so did my metabolism. I ate small amounts of carbs (chips, potatoes, pasta, ice cream) but the weight piled on. When I got near 170 (I am 5'3") I decided it was time to be aggressive. I stopped just "going" to the gym a couple days a week and working out on my own recognizance with weights and a little cardio. I joined a new gym and began 5 one hour classes each week. Some are at 6 am and those are my favorite. My exercise is done for the day and I haven't even awakened yet! I stopped eating bread, pasta, potatoes, corn, chips of any kind. I am a hungry person and I drink wine. I also eat dark chocolate-almost every night. I can do all that as long as the bulk of my diet is meat, fish, vegetables and fruit. I even eat some nuts in a day but not every day. I also might indulge with 100 calorie snack packs of pretty much anything-popcorn is preferred or the 100 cal cheese also works. Once in a blue moon I might eat a 100 calorie pack of cookies or chips just to prove I can. I have lost 40 pounds and keep it off. As a general rule I work out the 5 days a week. Once in a while I make 6 or 7 one hour classes and sometimes I can only go 3. I eat whenever I want fruit, vegetables, salad. I am completely off all blood pressure and high cholesterol meds. (Bloodwork proves that I am healthy) I eat late at night sometimes but never indulge in chips, ice cream, potatoes, corn or pasta. Never eating that but eating lots of everything else. I would say I am probably eating about 1500 calories a day but when you eat is irrelevant. Eat when you are hungry-just eat the proper stuff.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 35 weeks ago

I was told to keep it at 1200

I was told to keep it at 1200 calories per day but to include in that 2 snacks. So they want me to eat 3 meals and then 2 healthy snacks. They say this will keep metabolism up and help me to burn fat and lose my stomach fat. It is so hard to keep it at 1200 calories and I am NOT a big eater. to have less than 400 calories per meal is like crazy. My meager breakfast is like 340 calories (that is with 2 slices of Ezekiel bread, 1 tsp of butter on each slice, a cup of coffee with sugar free creamer) I can't imagine what I would look like if I ate a real breakfast like some people eat. But they do say breakfast is your most important meal of the day. I am trying to not eat (snack) after my last meal which I try to eat before 7:00. I hate not being able to eat what I would like and still maintain weight. I am 5'1" 120# and would like to be 110 again!

 
sylvia8sylvia wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

Its really hard for me to

Its really hard for me to count calories from all the foods i eat.,im sure its alot each day.

Anonymous wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

okay well I want to know how

okay well I want to know how many calarioes I actually should eat

Anonymous wrote 4 years 41 weeks ago

I eat a combination of fat,

I eat a combination of fat, Carbohydrates and Protein - although i must admit i consume large amounts of chocolate and sugar.
I am 20 years old, slim and live a completely sedentary lifestyle as i am a full time law student.
Currently maintaining on 2000 calories a day. 5'6 and 110 pounds. Looking to gain some weight actually.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 2 days ago

Response re: Older woman 61

Response re: Older woman 61 next month .... once you have lost your excess weight (and remember you should be taking more notice of the percentage of body fat lost over weight loss) your body weight will settle. To maintain your new body (and percentage of body fat) all you need do is to be sure not to overdo saturated fats and carbohydrates. Ensure you include at least 30 mins of moderate excercise every day and include some yogo as well ... you will achieve a long lasting lifestyle change that will keep you feeling young and fit as the years go by! I am 47 female and cycle 150km to 200km each week and hope to be doing this well into my 80's. I ensure I eat a very healthy array of foods and get the right amount of carbohydrates to calorie ratio (along with other nutritional needs) according to what I am doing each day. I am a lean mean cycling machine!

Anonymous wrote 5 years 2 days ago

Over the last year I lost

Over the last year I lost 50#, by following an exercise program and basing my food intake on a 500-750 calorie deficit each and every day. Carbs - 40% / Protein - 40% / Fat - 20%. While setting up my exercise program with a personal trainer 1x/wk, yoga 2x/wk, aerobic and weights 2x/wk, I found that I was burning 2900-3000 calories/day on average... With trial and error and working with my trainer, I've found that a 750 calorie deficit (eating 2150-2250 cals/day) has been the healthiest for me. At 500 cal deficit, I was actually gaining weight and, believe it or not!!! having a 1000 cal deficit caused me to gain weight as well!!!

So, those of you out there who think that cutting calories to the extreme and exercising is a good thing... it may work for a while, but eventually your body is going to feel starved and in retaliation will store fat and eat away at your muscles. Not good!

Anonymous wrote 5 years 2 days ago

It depends on whether I

It depends on whether I worked out that day or not. If I didn't I eat 1550 or less.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 1 week ago

well i'm not in to that diet

well i'm not in to that diet thing but i try to my family at least cut some of the salt,my favorate rice, pasta, at least i would like to eat geen vegies most of the time but not that much i would like to offer for my family.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 3 weeks ago

fascinating to see that more

fascinating to see that more people have no idea than those who eat over 2000, which is a minimum for most men and larger women who are also athletes... are eating well's subscribers mostly dieting women? makes me wonder.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I believe most of the 1,200

I believe most of the 1,200 calorie people are not telling the truth...

Anonymous wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

I really like your site..You

I really like your site..You have such great recipes, & have all the nutritional facts at the ready for me to check any of the recipes out to fit in my daily food program. I have lost 25 lbs since Sept. Need to go another 15 lbs..so I really do use all the hints/nutritional advice & I still look for desserts..Something about after dinner treat with de-caf/or teas & relaxing with a sweet treat. Keep up the good work...Joyce.livengood@yahoo.com

Anonymous wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I stay so active nothing

I stay so active nothing sticks to me much

Anonymous wrote 5 years 5 weeks ago

I watch carbohydrates and

I watch carbohydrates and fat. Low carbs and high fat. I lost 30lbs eating that way and feel a lot better than before.
Gail

Anonymous wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I have found a diet based on

I have found a diet based on my body type for traditional chinese medicine. I was eating 1500 cals a day of egg whites, fat free cottage cheese, whole wheat ezikiel bread, oat meal, raw nuts, fruits, chicken, fish, and raw salads, no sugar, alcohol, soda, fast food, etc, and excersizing like a maniac, however I was gaining weight! My stomach was constantly upset even though I was eating very healthy. I found my body type needs everything cooked (even salads, sautee spinach etc), and NO wheat or dairy. I have never felt better and am easily maintaining my weight (which is my goal). I yelped and found a great acupunture/ chinese medicine doctor in my area. After only one visit with his diet consultation, Im on the right track and so thankful! Just sharing my success story.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I started on my self made

I started on my self made diet about 11 months ago by only counting calories I of course omitted all fast foods from my diet. I eat more fruits and vegetables and turkey, chicken and fish. No fried foods either and I now have realized that I eat a lot more, just by sticking with the healthy stuff. I since then have lost 60 pounds.
I did start by only eating 1,000 calories now I allow myself the extra. I'm happy to have made the decision in eating healthy for me and my family. I love your recipes.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

Actually I do keep a food

Actually I do keep a food journal. Every single bite of food/drink that touches my lips gets logged on calorie count... I eat between 900(0n a bad day) and 1200... 1400 max.. I am quite over weight and am changing my eating habits so I make sure I log everything..

Anonymous wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

If I don't get sufficient

If I don't get sufficient exercise, I lower my calorie budget to below 1500. I keep track of it all with the WONDERFUL free app Lose It!

Anonymous wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I follow South Beach Diet

I follow South Beach Diet guidelines with a few modifications--Don't count calories. Have tried that with other diets and find it arduous and usually abandon the idea.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 7 weeks ago

I eat about 2500 calories a

I eat about 2500 calories a day, but I also exercise about 3000 calories a week. My weight has been stable for about a year after losing over 45 pounds.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

It's way too hard to keep

It's way too hard to keep track of calories consumed on top of everything else I have to do throughout the day!!

Anonymous wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I use Fitday.com to track my

I use Fitday.com to track my nutritional goals. When I started keeping track I was eating about 2300 calories per day. 1500 calories isn't much. It is important to be choosy about what I put in my mouth. It has to taste wonderful, look wonderful and for the most part be nutritious. I've lost about 30 pounds in the last 5 months and I am relatively sedentary. Looking forward to exercising so I can eat more!

Anonymous wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I track my nutritional goals

I track my nutritional goals on Fitday.com, a great site which keeps me on target.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I am a 61 year old male. I

I am a 61 year old male. I use the Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) formula to determine my ideal caloric intake to maintain my weight at 165 pounds. My ideal caloric intake is 1803 calories. I have tracked my meals and maintained less than that for 3 months and have lost 15 pounds to reach 165 pounds.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 8 weeks ago

I seldom eat more than 1000

I seldom eat more than 1000 calories a day and I am 40 pounds over weight. I have decided that calories don't count.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 9 weeks ago

As an older woman--61 next

As an older woman--61 next month-- I lost weight (ten pounds) over this past year by sticking to 1000-1200 Kcalories daily; I am aware that for most women who wish to lose weight, eating less than 1500 Kcalories is a MUST; higher protein, lower carb, and lower GI carbs worked best for me. I'd be interested to learn more about poll takers who have lost weight and kept it off! (so far I've kept it off, but still can't eat more than 1400 Kcal!!

Anonymous wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Losing a pound per week

Losing a pound per week eating 2300 - 2500 calories a day.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

Um, I'm willing to bet that

Um, I'm willing to bet that some of the people who voted here aren't aware of all the calories they eat. 1500 calories or less is VERY LITTLE.
Two words - food diary. It's a real eye opener, whether you're on a diet, or just want to track your food. you will find you eat WAY more than what you think, and it all adds up fast.

Anonymous wrote 5 years 10 weeks ago

so hungry really work on

so hungry really work on eating healthy love sweets had to cut them out what could i do to replace that ache dont want to tak

Anonymous wrote 5 years 12 weeks ago

I'd love to eat 3,000 a day

I'd love to eat 3,000 a day because I like food..but just lost 125 lbs. and want to keep it off. It's tough adjusting ...

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