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    I've recently gone primal and I was wondering, how many calories should I be consuming daily?
    I'm petite, 5 feet tall, about 100 lbs.

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Don't worry about your calories. If you MUST concern yourself on numbers, worry about percentages. What works for for most is a higher fat percentage than protein and only 10-20% carbs from fruits/veggies. And make damn sure to eat when you are hungry, and to eat until you are no longer hungry. That right there will keep your caloric totals down, but it takes willpower to first learn what real hunger is. Then it is smooth sailing.
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    • #3
      physical calories dont say squat about metabolism and its darn too difficult to start calculating enthropy for your bodyily functions so dont consern yourself with "calories". its a moot point. eat fat and protein untill you are satisfied. stop. repeat.
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      • #4
        Calories are not a moot point. Robss: if you are looking to lose weight, I'd eat about 1000-1200 calories. If you want to maintain your weight, eat around 1500 calories. These are just rough estimates; but try eating around this caloric level and see how you feel and if your weight is doing what you want it to.

        Set your macros at about 40% protein, 30-40% fat, and 20-30% carbs. If you are wanting to rid body fat, make your protein more and carbs less.
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        • #5
          You might want to read the following article by Robert Mcleod on the Physics of Good Calories Bad Calories. He is a physicist.
          http://entropyproduction.blogspot.co...within-95.html

          It does not matter how much you eat. It only matters what you eat and when you eat, upto a point.

          If you want to get to very low fat percentages, then calorie matters but its not a simple calorie number that you must maintain. Its a whole lot of complicated protocols that must be used for it to work properly.
          You must know when to eat less when to eat more. The specific ratios of protein, fat and carbs, and it must be tailored to your body composition. Not to be done naively. To do it yourself would be very difficult, and frought with dangers, unless you gain a huge amount of knowledge in the bodybuilding folk lore.

          More complications happen if you have hormonal problems, which cannot be cured with a good diet alone.

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          • #6
            I lost weight (28lbs) without cutting calories so it is not always essential that you do. I would focus on eating primally, avoiding the pizza and beer as often as you can.
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            • #7
              I lost around 50lbs by increasing calories ;-), and I am not even primal. I eat a lot of rice.
              I was eating too less routinely, and binging sometimes on junk, because of eating too little.

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              • #8
                I just want to make sure I'm eating enough calories so my body doesn't go into starvation mode and my metabolism doesn't slow

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                • #9
                  Starvation doesn't set in unless you consume less calories consistently for a few days, depends on capabilities. This applies to fasting as well. If you fast for 24hours or even some more a couple of days a week it will not cause starvation.
                  Metabolism slows down on a long duration. You can always recharge it by eating large amounts a couple of days in a week.

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                  • #10
                    Eat when you're hungry until you're satisfied, then stop. Your body will take care of the caloric issue on its own. Just eat Primally.
                    Primal eating in a nutshell: If you are hungry, eat Primal food until you are satisfied (not stuffed). Then stop. Wait until you're hungry again. Repeat.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Griff View Post
                      Eat when you're hungry until you're satisfied, then stop. Your body will take care of the caloric issue on its own. Just eat Primally.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by robss View Post
                        I just want to make sure I'm eating enough calories so my body doesn't go into starvation mode and my metabolism doesn't slow
                        Let me restate what Anand said: you will not go into starvation mode and your metabolism will not be negatively affected until you've restricted your calories for more than three consecutive days. If you're eating lots of good fats, clean proteins and veg - you can pretty much eat until you're satisfied and lose pretty consistently. It might help to track a few days, just to be able to track your results - what works and what doesn't. Calories matter to an extent but not to the extent that we expect them to.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Sterling View Post
                          Calories are not a moot point. Robss: if you are looking to lose weight, I'd eat about 1000-1200 calories. If you want to maintain your weight, eat around 1500 calories. These are just rough estimates; but try eating around this caloric level and see how you feel and if your weight is doing what you want it to.

                          Set your macros at about 40% protein, 30-40% fat, and 20-30% carbs. If you are wanting to rid body fat, make your protein more and carbs less.
                          I'm going to respectfully disagree with Sterling on what is needed to lose weight. I don't think 1000-1200 calories a day is enough food for anyone. And I also disagree with the ratios. I would say more like 60% should be from fat, 30% protein, and 10% carbs. I am a firm believer that you have to eat fat to lose fat.

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                          • #14
                            1200 calories is barely enough to keep you going if you are sedentary. Plus I believe at this point that calories in/calories out is garbage. It is content in/ content out. I ate almost 2 lbs of meat plus a BAS for dinner last night and didn't see a difference on the scale this morning. I would never believe it unless I saw the results myself. IMHO Fats should always be above 50%.
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                            • #15
                              How many calories one 'needs' to either maintain or lose weight is entirely unique to individuals, and we should not be giving blanket advice like this.

                              At my age (68) and medical issue (hypothyroid), I cannot lose weight unless I eat <1000 calories daily. Since this is such a hot button issue online, I checked with my endo about this, and he assured me that I was correct. I have an impaired metabolism, and there's little I can do to improve things, except for some aerobic exercise (which hypos need to limit). He told me that he has some patients in his practice who cannot lose unless they stick to 750 cal.

                              I've lost steadily for the past 18 mos at this level, but just about 4 lbs a month, which my endo anticipated. I get a complete blood panel every 4 months, and I'm healthy and, no, my metabolism has not shut down.

                              I can eat this way because I follow a program called JUDDD which is basically calorie cycling, so I have days of 1400 cal., and that keeps my body happy.

                              But no one knows how many calories a person needs, except that individual. All those online systems that give you a number are based on 'standards' that probably apply to one person in a thousand. If you eat at a level and gain, you know you must cut back. If you want to lose and are just maintaining, you know you have to cut back--and I'm talking about those who are already eating primal.

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