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How many calories should we eat?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 11, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Simple question, but I don't find it answered here before. Assuming we want or need to keep track, how do we calculate our caloric need? Use one of the online calculators? Ballpark it? Ideas?

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on April 12, 2011
at 08:30 PM

my data is real life experience. if you take a slab of meat, even if you weigh it... how do you know what percentage is fat, and what percentage of that fat is saturated, etc. tim rangitsch said it clearly: big variations. however if you are eating pre-packaged foods and BELIEVE the label, then go right ahead but it is not natural. hunger and satiety are auto-regulated in a closed loop eco-system...

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on April 11, 2011
at 07:23 PM

I get where you are coming from, dsohei. One carrot is different from another, one pork chop is different, etc. Size, content, etc of any given nutrient or calorie count has big variations.

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on April 11, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Most online trackers have the percentages available too, really useful!

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on April 11, 2011
at 06:56 PM

I never expected that my counting was exact, but it does usually give you a decent idea of what you eating.

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on April 11, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Really? Can you give us some data to back up your claim?

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on April 11, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Why? Do fake foods & whole foods somehow have different caloric values that aren't available through tools like fitday.com or fatsecret.com? Granted, you would have to be SUPER SPECIFIC about weights and measures, but you can get within 100 calories in most cases.

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05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

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on April 11, 2011
at 06:41 PM

if you are eating whole real foods, and you think you are accurately tracking calories, you are fooling yourself.

95eda9fa0cec952b482e869c34a566b6

on April 11, 2011
at 06:47 PM

Really? Can you give us some data to back up your claim?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 11, 2011
at 06:56 PM

I never expected that my counting was exact, but it does usually give you a decent idea of what you eating.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 11, 2011
at 06:42 PM

Why? Do fake foods & whole foods somehow have different caloric values that aren't available through tools like fitday.com or fatsecret.com? Granted, you would have to be SUPER SPECIFIC about weights and measures, but you can get within 100 calories in most cases.

0d2dec01a5ed9363a9915e111ae13f7e

(4583)

on April 11, 2011
at 07:23 PM

I get where you are coming from, dsohei. One carrot is different from another, one pork chop is different, etc. Size, content, etc of any given nutrient or calorie count has big variations.

05055dcbf12c81f1cce777ec365870af

(1791)

on April 12, 2011
at 08:30 PM

my data is real life experience. if you take a slab of meat, even if you weigh it... how do you know what percentage is fat, and what percentage of that fat is saturated, etc. tim rangitsch said it clearly: big variations. however if you are eating pre-packaged foods and BELIEVE the label, then go right ahead but it is not natural. hunger and satiety are auto-regulated in a closed loop eco-system...

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on April 11, 2011
at 06:38 PM

I have never found an online calculator that was accurate for me.

I just picked a starting point based on conventional wisdom (this was Pre-Paleo) and changed it based on how much weight I was long.

I suggest tracking your food for a week, then if you are happy where you are at it gives you a baseline average of where to stay. If you want to gain weight trend it upward, if you want to lose weight trend it downward.

I have found over the years that managing my ratios of fat/protein/carbs made as much of difference as counting the calories.

9aa2a816c61170cc0183a68be0386ba5

(1702)

on April 11, 2011
at 06:57 PM

Most online trackers have the percentages available too, really useful!

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