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  • #16
    For weight loss i didnt do much exercise but i cut down on my calories per day, when doing this i lost a stone in a month, just cutting down on food, makes a very big difference

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    • #17
      Nobody needs to count calories, you can count portions instead, and subtract foods and/or add exercise! A calorie budget gives an indication where to start though...
      "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

      - Schopenhauer

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      • #18
        Originally posted by otzi View Post
        The sooner you get the notion of 'calories' out of your head and start thinking about eating good food that doesn't make you fat, the sooner you'll have the body of your dreams.
        ^ Yes

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        • #19
          How long have you been primal? Calorie counting doesn't work until you've been fully primal for a month or so.
          I don't bother with calculators. Here is the extent of my delving into calorie counting:

          Method 1:
          Sedentary woman: 1500
          Active woman: 2000
          Sedentary man: 2000
          Active man: 2500
          If you're shorter than average, subtract 20%. If you're taller than average, add 20%.
          Example: I'm a short sedentary woman. 1500-20% = 1200.
          Example: Mark is an average height active man: 2500 cals. (which he posts as his typical day)

          Method 2:
          Roughly calculate your lean mass in pounds. That's the number of carbs, protein, and fat you should be eating.
          Example: I weigh 101 lb, about 80 of it is lean mass. I eat 80g protein, 80g carbs, 80g fat. 1240 calories.
          Example: I don't know Mark's weight, but if I assume 175 lb and 6% fat, that's 165 g each p, f, c, 2680 calories (should probably adjust macros for more fat fewer carb).

          Use as a baseline to calculate about 2 days of menus and try for two weeks. If you're still hungry and you're not gaining, add food. If you're too stuffed or you're gaining, subtract food.
          Last edited by oxide; 03-25-2013, 04:56 AM.
          5'0" female, 45 years old. Started Primal October 31, 2011, at a skinny fat 111.5 lbs. Low weight: 99.5 lb on a fast. Gained back to 115(!) on SAD chocolate, potato chips, and stress. Currently 111.

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          • #20
            I know calorie counting is not ideal, but I did loose my first 35lbs tracking my caloric intake.

            I found weight watchers on line and Live Strong's MyPlate work most accurate for me, both around 1700 calories. I've checked out several others that add as much as 1000 calories to my daily estimated need. With WW and MyPlate, if I was good about keeping at, or under, the goal, I lost. If I trended over, I did not, so I lean to trusting their estimates.

            I'd been plateaued for close to a year when I started attempting PB, and I dropped 5 almost immediately. I still need to keep an eye on my calories because, although my diet is much closer to primal, it's far from perfect and I still eat when I'm bored. Tracking what I eat keeps me from straying too far.

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            • #21
              Tracking calories can be an important tool for weight loss and maintenance. Hardly anybody can keep it up forever. It can get onerous.

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