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    Hey Groksters,

    Been forgetting about calories . . . . how many calories should I take in each day for weight loss with primal. best calculation for this? My goal is 175lbs, high school weight. Mahalo!

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    You need somewhere between 1000 and 3000 calories for weight loss.

    Seriously, no one can answer your question. So many variables, plus many will tell you calories don't matter so don't count them.

    I'm 46, 5'11, male, been following PB for a little over a year and went from 220 to 170 in that time. I counted calories a little when I hit stalls, and found I could eat around 2500 calories at first and lose weight but now I need around 1500 to lose.

    If you eat right and exercise, you will feel full, not have the urge to snack and spontaneously increase your activity level because you feel so good. You need to lose the 'how many calories do I need' mentality and start eating right first and foremost. If you are eating right and still not losing, then count your calories and restrict a bit.

    Good luck.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by otzi View Post
      You need somewhere between 1000 and 3000 calories for weight loss.

      Seriously, no one can answer your question. So many variables, plus many will tell you calories don't matter so don't count them.

      I'm 46, 5'11, male, been following PB for a little over a year and went from 220 to 170 in that time. I counted calories a little when I hit stalls, and found I could eat around 2500 calories at first and lose weight but now I need around 1500 to lose.

      If you eat right and exercise, you will feel full, not have the urge to snack and spontaneously increase your activity level because you feel so good. You need to lose the 'how many calories do I need' mentality and start eating right first and foremost. If you are eating right and still not losing, then count your calories and restrict a bit.

      Good luck.

      Definitely eating right, but I lost track for a week of eating too much fat and not paying attention to the total calories consumed -I am going to play with 1,500 to 2,000 and see if by monitoring that, I see the results I am looking for. Of course, these calories will be coming from high quality fats, less than 100 gr of carb a day etc. but do want to double check calories as they do matter -thanks

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      • #4
        I never counted but I did track to see how my diet changed and the effect on my body. The more you listen to your bodies needs the less likely you are to over eat.
        Eating primal is not a diet, it is a way of life.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Warmblood58 View Post
          Hey Groksters,

          Been forgetting about calories . . . . how many calories should I take in each day for weight loss with primal. best calculation for this? My goal is 175lbs, high school weight. Mahalo!
          Aloha! You from Hawaii? Just curious...where do you buy your meat?
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          • #6
            Originally posted by sakura_girl View Post
            Aloha! You from Hawaii? Just curious...where do you buy your meat?
            Living in Kauai in a hotel on a consulting job with no kitchen so I have been getting creative -I wish I had the option to buy meat!

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            • #7
              Counting calories is silly. Stop counting calories, and start listening to your body. Eat primal until you're satisfied, then don't eat again until you're hungry. Read user Griff's sig. Calorie counting may be one of the most ridiculous things to come out of the 20th century IMO.
              There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
              There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
              There is society, where none intrudes,
              By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
              I love not man the less, but Nature more...
              ~Lord Byron

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Warmblood58 View Post
                Living in Kauai in a hotel on a consulting job with no kitchen so I have been getting creative -I wish I had the option to buy meat!
                Ah, interesting situation. At least you get a bunch of fresh fish to eat in poke ever day, at least, no? And some wild boar, perhaps?
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Warmblood58 View Post
                  Hey Groksters,

                  Been forgetting about calories . . . . how many calories should I take in each day for weight loss with primal. best calculation for this? My goal is 175lbs, high school weight. Mahalo!
                  Sorry, this isn't a question anyone else can answer. Individuality and context are HUGE. For instance, I am almost exactly your height and weight, and was when I started primal(difference is in BF% and health). I lost ~50lbs eating as much as 6000cal/day(and as little as 0 when I fasted). These days I eat 2-4k calories a day, though again, sometimes as 6k, or as little as 0. That doesn't help much, does it?

                  Start eating to satiety with primal and go from there. Get your diet dialed in, and if you still aren't losing, try counting, then cutting calories if needed. Few fit-ish men need to.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by JazzWorthy View Post
                    Counting calories is silly. Stop counting calories, and start listening to your body. Eat primal until you're satisfied, then don't eat again until you're hungry. Read user Griff's sig. Calorie counting may be one of the most ridiculous things to come out of the 20th century IMO.
                    While I buy into the whole Primal/paleo way of life, I also understand that the equation for daily caloric intake and weight gain/loss is fact. Eating nutrient rich and high quality fat calories is important, but so is not over exceeding daily caloric intake. I am eating when I am hungry but also balancing insulin levels too -nothing ridiculous about being mindful of daily caloric intake, especially in relation to how physically active you are, the more you burn due to physical demands, the more you can take in - I am keeping my caloric intake below 2,000 a day and lower while eating primally -so far so good.

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                    • #11
                      How long have you been Primal? Is it working? The main thing with weight loss, I believe, is to keep it slow and steady, and not compare your rate of loss to others and get disheartened. No need to calorie count straight away, give it a couple of months and see what's happening. If it's not working then might be worth tracking for a bit. It's hard to estimate without some sort of tool.
                      My best piece of advice would be make sure all your macros, especially fat, come from the whole food. Don't fall into the trap of chugging refined fats like coconut oil and butter by the spoonful just because it's considered Primal. They have their uses, and are vastly superior to the alternatives when cooking's involved, but for someone losing weight they're so completely unnecessary and often counter-productive, especially in excess. Same applies to whey protein.
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                      • #12
                        Try this body weight simulator - you feed in your details and activity level and the weight you want to be in x no. of days and it will tell you how much to eat to achieve the goal. Not perfect, of course, but a baseline to work on.
                        Odille
                        F 58 / 170cms / SW 131.5 kgs / Current 112.4/ GW 65
                        following Primal Lifestyle and swimming my way to health

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