How many calories should I be eating? How many grams per macronutrient?

Asked on July 17, 2016
Created February 16, 2015 at 1:41 AM

 Hey guys, I'm a 20 yr old female that recently started eating paleo (again). Right now I'm consuming approx. 1,200 calories per day; although, I'll admit, sometimes I consume closer to 1,000. I realize this is probably too little, but I'm not sure how many I should be consuming. Currently I'm on a workout schedule where I work out approx. 1-1.5 hrs everyday but Sunday. Monday I do arms & chest, Tuesday: Cardio, Abs & Back, Wednesday: Legs & Butt, Thursday: Cardio, Arms & Chest, Friday: Abs & Back, Saturday: Cardio, Legs & Butt, Sunday: Rest. Currently my macronutrients are 15%/55%/30% (c/f/p) aiming for 73g fat, 45g carbs, 90g protein. I feel like these are probably off. If you have any suggestions/advise feel free to comment!



on February 17, 2015
at 02:57 AM

Why are your carbs so low, calories so low, and time spent exercising so high?

Try cutting your workout days in half (3 days is plenty), cut the duration of your workout in half (45m is plenty), double the calories on workout days, double to triple the carbs on workout days, and use a lifting program like SL 5x5.

1.5g of protein/target lean body mass (in kg) should be plenty.  



on February 16, 2015
at 02:25 AM

Also, I forgot to add: My goal is to gain muscle, not to lose weight. 

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on July 07, 2016
at 07:33 AM

This means that if you looked at the Nutrition Facts label of a product and it said 12 grams of carbohydrate, 0 grams of fat, and 0 grams of protein per serving, you would know that this food has about 48 calories per serving (12 grams carbohydrate multiplied by 4 calories for each gram of carbohydrate = 48 calories).


on February 22, 2015
at 11:06 AM

If your goal is to gain muscle, you need to work out every other day instead of every day. this gets your muscles that you worked out the day before  a little bit of time to rest and organize themselves before your next trip. Try yoga if you don't already do so in order to help build stamina and flexibility. As for eating, you need to eat A LOT more, especially on your work out days. I think the poster before me gave you some good tips - keep adding your protein and carb intake.

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