1200 calories a day?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 24, 2013 at 8:45 PM

i'm 5ft5 and 150lbs (muscular) and i've found that i tend to eat about 1200-1400 calories a day and that's it. I know going by conventional wisdom isn't a good idea, but apparently 1200 calories is very low for a woman, (I'm 19).. should i be eating more? i do a bit of weight training about 3 times a week but that's not really a whole lot of exercise.. i generally eat two meals a day, eggs at breakfast fish (usually mackerel, salmon or tuna) and veg at dinner, and snack on fruit and nuts. once or twice a week i eat liver. should i be eating more?


on August 25, 2013
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on August 25, 2013
at 01:49 AM

If you're questioning whether you're eating enough then the answer is yes, eat more.

Then again, without knowing what your goals are it's difficult to say for sure. A high fat diet, for example leads to greater satiation, often with less calories consumed. If CW says that 1200 calories is the absolute lowest you should go then it also says you should never eat below your BMR, which for most people is higher than 1200. Online calculators can give you a rough estimate, but I'm going to guess your's is somewhere between 1400-1500. Again, this is just based on the info you have provided.

Are you experiencing anything such as fatigue, low body temperature? Do you feel good when you work out? Are you hungry? Again, I think if you're questioning yourself in this matter you may want to try eating more, and there are different ways of going about this. Adding in calorie dense foods (oils, avocado for example), larger portions, maybe instead of grazing on nuts and fruits have an actual lunch. It could be the same template as dinner: meat and veggies.

Also, how long have you been eating this way? Counting calories?



on August 25, 2013
at 12:58 AM

you need about 1200 calories a day just for your body to function- so for your heart to beat, food to digest, lungs to breathe. basic crap. with that said, whenever you move, you will require more calories. so if you aren't a vegetable on the couch all day, i'd eat more since it's good for your body.


on August 25, 2013
at 12:46 AM

That's a difficult question to answer without knowing more. For example:

  • what is your primary goal? Do you want to reduce fat, increase muscle, build strength?
  • Are you experiencing any problems related to your current calorie intake? That is, are your weak or lethargic? Do you have trouble sleeping or waking up? Is your stamina low? Are you easily fatigued?
  • What are you eating? Are you tracking your macros? Are you eating keto, high-carb?
  • What type of workout do you do at the gym: compound exercises, isolation exercises? How long are you workouts? Do you lift heavy?
  • Finally, if this caloric intake is working for you, what is the concern?

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