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    I'm still slightly confused about calories. I've been logging calories to see how much I'm eating and even on days where I feel like I've over-eaten I'm only getting about 1000 calories a day. I'm logging everything including the oils I'm cooking with. I've been told I NEED to eat 1200 calories to stay above starvation mode, and it's hard for me to get that # out of my head.

    Should I be adding more food to up the # of calories, or do calories really not matter when you're eating this way?

  • #2
    I don't believe in a set point which you HAVE to stay either under or over. But it depends on a lot of things. It seems you are female, what is your age, height and weight? What is the reason you are getting only 1.000 calories? Are you full? do you just want to eat less to lose more weight? Any other reason I might miss? Where are the calories coming from? What do you eat exactly in a day?

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    • #3
      1,000 calories is practically nothing. A single pound of steak clocks in around a thousand calories, and I could easily eat 2-3 pounds in a sitting without breaking a sweat, plus sides. A pound of steak is only around 100g of protein, so I'm assuming you're getting at least that in a day? Do you have a food log?
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      • #4
        Yes I'm female, 5'3 and 158 right now (goal is under 125). It feels like I'm eating a ton of food and I'm just not hungry. I always eat until I'm full, but I never over-eat or gorge myself. Right now a typical day consists of 3 eggs/2 slices of bacon for bfast, a huge salad (romaine, bell pepper, carrots, celery, bacon or left-over chicken) with home made ranch for lunch and for dinner I always eat some kind of protein like steak, fish or chicken with sauteed vegetables. I cook with coconut oil, bacon fat, or butter. I'll have some nuts for a snack if I feel hungry in between meals, but that doesn't happen much. I always feel like I'm eating a lot, but when I log what I eat to check the protein/fat content I'm always surprised at how low the # of calories is. I could add more food in to my diet if I needed to, but I wasn't sure if calories really mattered.

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        • #5
          I do keep a food log, and there's no way I could eat that much steak in a day. Well, I could if I broke it up into 3 meals. My food log is not copy/paste friendly and really don't want to sit and type out days worth of food. The last log I made looked like this:

          calories 924, carbs 74g, fat 44g, protein 74g

          It's really hard for me to get in a lot of protein because I'm just not and have never been a heavy meat eater. Maybe that's where I need to add in more?

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          • #6
            Maybe the program I'm using sucks LOL I should try to log that into somethine else and see what I come up with.

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            • #7
              I've been using myfitnesspal lately, I used to use sparks. I'm just going to stop worrying about it. I feel like I'm eating enough and I'm losing weight steadily so I know things are working right for me.

              Thanks!

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              • #8
                I am with lady carnivore, it looks like you are eating about the right amount of food. If you are not losing weight, then I would start measuring and find a better tracker, I have used spark and fiteday and each has pros and cons. But as long as you are losing weight you are on track, don't stress about it! and congrats on losing.
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                • #9
                  Lady Carnivore's counts sound more accurate to me unless your portions are absolutely tiny. I say if you're full, then you've eaten enough.

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                  • #10
                    Yes, You eat almost exactly what I eat 1200-1400cals/day.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by ErinF View Post
                      I do keep a food log, and there's no way I could eat that much steak in a day. Well, I could if I broke it up into 3 meals. My food log is not copy/paste friendly and really don't want to sit and type out days worth of food. The last log I made looked like this:

                      calories 924, carbs 74g, fat 44g, protein 74g

                      It's really hard for me to get in a lot of protein because I'm just not and have never been a heavy meat eater. Maybe that's where I need to add in more?
                      Choco is a 24 year old male bodybuilder. He probably burns through 1000 calories on a light workout. Not really relevant.
                      I totally agree with MvEssen above that there is no set point. Also, "starvation mode" is hokum too as long as you are burning fat as your primary fuel source, not carbs. On carbs 1000 calories would be white knuckled torture. On Primal it works because your body is burning your fat reserves and getting on with life instead of freaking out because it's carb supply has been cut off.
                      Yes, I would say that you do need to aim for a bit more protein, more like 100gr/day. More eggs, less bacon and this is easy.

                      This thread has a formula for figuring out your macro and calorie needs. http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread29501.html

                      You're doing great. Keep it up.

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                      • #12
                        Hi Erin,
                        There is great information here in this thread. What I have personally found out from eating too little (my story is much like yours, felt full yet not enough calories) is that my weight loss stalled. It is possible that your body can shift into starvation mode until you give it a few more calories. Only you can be the judge of what a stall looks like for you though - there is no magic number of calories. Keep up the great work!
                        Height - 5'8"
                        SW - 191
                        CW - 162
                        GW - 155

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                        • #13
                          Based on your join date, I assume you haven't been eating this way for very long? I know when I started there were definitely days when I just couldn't eat any more, and was probably only getting 1000-1400 calories (I'm 6 feet tall, and want to lose, but that is a pretty low calorie count for someone my size). I've found that my body has adjusted to eating this way now, and some days I eat less and some days more. Sometimes I'm absolutely starving, and probably consume 2000+ calories, and other days all I want is a big plateful of vegetables. Once your body stops telling you it needs a cupcake right now, you can start listening to what it wants. Some days it will only want 1000 calories, and some days it might want a pound of steak (okay, maybe not a whole pound ). I wouldn't worry too much at this point, especially if you are feeling good.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by lucyh View Post
                            Based on your join date, I assume you haven't been eating this way for very long? I know when I started there were definitely days when I just couldn't eat any more, and was probably only getting 1000-1400 calories (I'm 6 feet tall, and want to lose, but that is a pretty low calorie count for someone my size). I've found that my body has adjusted to eating this way now, and some days I eat less and some days more. Sometimes I'm absolutely starving, and probably consume 2000+ calories, and other days all I want is a big plateful of vegetables. Once your body stops telling you it needs a cupcake right now, you can start listening to what it wants. Some days it will only want 1000 calories, and some days it might want a pound of steak (okay, maybe not a whole pound ). I wouldn't worry too much at this point, especially if you are feeling good.


                            Exactly. This means that you are keto adapted and burning fat and that the carb/sugar monkey is off your back. Try to get a bit more protein but otherwise, roll with it.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ErinF View Post
                              I'm still slightly confused about calories. I've been logging calories to see how much I'm eating and even on days where I feel like I've over-eaten I'm only getting about 1000 calories a day. I'm logging everything including the oils I'm cooking with. I've been told I NEED to eat 1200 calories to stay above starvation mode, and it's hard for me to get that # out of my head.

                              Should I be adding more food to up the # of calories, or do calories really not matter when you're eating this way?
                              "starvation mode" is basically a myth. Your body will certainly lower metabolism but it will never fully make up for the calorie deficit. Calories ALWAYS matter when it comes to weight loss or gain, don't let anyone tell you differently.

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