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    Hello,

    I've been crossfitting for over a year now but have only just made the shift to eating Primally. I have about 35 lbs to lose (I weight 185-ish and my 'happy weight' from pre-baby was 150) and have been tracking my calories, trying to stay at 1200 net calories per day (so i'll eat more if I work out).

    I've read on this site that counting calories is not necessary, but I have trouble with that.

    Do any of you count calories? If so, do you find you need more or less when eating primally? Will I be sabatoging myself by netting 1200 calories per day? I'd really love some feedback on this topic from those who have successfully lost weight eating Primally.

    Thanks so much in advance!!

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    i have not counted a single calorie, eat to setiety and have dropped 14 pouinds since October 2010. Get your proper protein and fat portions and satiety goes up to control she shoveling in of calories you do not need. Just don't crossfit 4000 times a week and you will be fine.

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    • #3
      I do occasionally out of curiosity, but I've counted calories so long I can just about eyeball it now. Then things come up that I haven't had, so I plug in to fitday to see what it comes up with.

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      • #4
        I am 47, female and after 2 months Primal not counting calories (except for the first week to see what my macros looked like.) After the first week of dropping water weight, I wasn't losing anything, so I decided to fine-tune.

        I started tracking again and cut down to 1500 calories (was eating 1600-1700) --and more significantly (for me) I cut my net carbs down to around 20-25. (was 60-100 gm.) It's only been 5 full days and I can already see a significant change in the mirror--and my energy level is way up--after the first couple of days of carb flu, that is!

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        • #5
          I've bench marked my calorie intake for a total of 6 days in the last 4.5 months just to see where I typically land. Eat to satiety with primal foods (my only exceptions are fruit, nuts and booze, all of which I limit to no more than 2 serving per day). I've gotten my body fat down to 11% (from 19%) in 5 weeks when years of chronic workouts and calorie counting never was able to do that.

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          • #6
            I spot-check randomly. As I only eat between noon and eight PM, I am consistently running a deficit.

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            • #7
              My thought process is this... it's good to do some macros at first so you get a feel for carbs/fat/protein ratios. But after that, I think giving it a go in not counting is a good idea. Eat until you're full then stop. Don't eat again until you're hungry. You most likely will eat more some days when your body needs it and less on others, when you're good. Take measurements first. If you feel like you're getting bigger (and not in the good, muscly way), then track for a bit to see what's up.

              1200 calories seems a bit low for a woman that's working out on a regular basis and has good lean muscle mass. But each individual will vary.
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              • #8
                At 185 pounds 1200 calories is really too low. I a, told I should eat about 1400-1700 a day to lose weight and I weigh less than you do, and probably workout less too. 1200 is the bare minimum that you can realistically get the required nutrition according to CW.

                You should try eating for satiety for a week, then track what you ate after you are used to eating intuitively, then fine tune from there.
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                • #9
                  I only track my food intake if I'm stalling for more than 3 weeks (and normally find that some very un-primal food made it back into my diet - evil pizza), never count calories, never checked my macro ratios, never did chronic cardio - down 60+ in 6 months.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Minxxa View Post
                    My thought process is this... it's good to do some macros at first so you get a feel for carbs/fat/protein ratios. But after that, I think giving it a go in not counting is a good idea. Eat until you're full then stop. Don't eat again until you're hungry. You most likely will eat more some days when your body needs it and less on others, when you're good. Take measurements first. If you feel like you're getting bigger (and not in the good, muscly way), then track for a bit to see what's up.

                    1200 calories seems a bit low for a woman that's working out on a regular basis and has good lean muscle mass. But each individual will vary.
                    This. I used fitday daily to begin with to make sure I was getting enough fat, not to much carbs etc and found that I was coming up a few hundred calories short each day, but I dialled it in I only check every so often.
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                    • #11
                      Some people lose weight without counting calories - others, like myself, are not so fortunate. My recommendation: try to find the sweet spot in terms of caloric intake where you eat considerably less than you expend, but still have all the energy you need. Surely this also depends on exercise and other factors - the idea is that your body is able to augment your caloric intake by utilizing its energy reserves (fat tissue), but only to a certain extent. When you cross that line either by performing too strenuous exercise or generally eating too little for too long, it will respond by lowering energy levels - and by that I not only mean reduced metabolic rate, but also a general feeling of fatigue that's supposed to get you to either eat something, or be more sedentary. Another way of looking at this is finding a sweet spot between starving and mild undereating.
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                      • #12
                        Everyone is unique, and if you can lose without counting, I'd say go for it.

                        However, at age 69 and being hypothyroid, I have to count. And if you count, ignore all those charts that tell you how many calories you need, as well as the CW that 1200 cal is the 'minimum.' I've only been able to lose at <1000 cal a day, and my endo confirms that this is reasonable for me. He tells me that he monitors some patients who have to eat about 750 cal a day to lose. (I've gone from a high of 340 lbs to my current 159.) Age and medical issues can make a big difference in how many calories you need.

                        The only way to tell how many calories you need is to drop the number until you're losing.

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                        • #13
                          Emmie has the right idea: everyone is unique.

                          I don't count, but I also do regular Intermittent Fasting in the form of an eating window of eight hours daily. This keeps my daily calories lower than if I were to eat three square meals and has helped me continue to lean out over the last month or two of doing it. It's freeing, in a sense, since I just eat as I'm hungry during the eight-hour period and focus on things other than food when the window closes.
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                          • #14
                            [QUOTE=NutMeg;304742]1200 is the bare minimum that you can realistically get the required nutrition according to CW. QUOTE]

                            Thanks all for your feedback....but whoa! What mixed responses! Some of you believe in counting and others don't....hmmmm....I guess I'll have to try it a few ways.

                            As for 1200 cals being the minimum required to get nutrition according to CW...yup! That's what I've always been told. I was told that if I dropped below 1200 net calories per day my metabolism would slow and my body would go into starvation mode. Do you guys 'believe' in starvation mode? I just really want to get this right. I have a lot of weight to lose and I've NEVER had an issue losing before I had my daughter. I'm working with a naturopathic doctor to determine if there are hormonal imbalances, but I want to get my eating just perfect.

                            All your feedback is so greatly appreciated!

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Lojasmo View Post
                              I spot-check randomly. As I only eat between noon and eight PM, I am consistently running a deficit.
                              yes.

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